Christopher Trudeau, JD
Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School
Christopher Trudeau is a Professor at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He currently teaches Torts, Property and all of the school’s legal research and writing courses. Professor Trudeau is a zealous advocate for plain language. He has focused much of his recent research on combating archaic, traditional language in law, health care, government and business. He’s published novel empirical research on the public’s preference for plain language—The Public Speaks: An Empirical Study of Legal Communication—in volume 14 of The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing (2012). Additionally, Trudeau is one of the leading legal advocates on health literacy and has recently spoken for the FDA and the Institute of Medicine on designing clear, user-friendly consent forms that patients can understand.