John W. Reed

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John W. Reed
Born 1918 (age 97–98)
Nationality American
Occupation Law professor
Title Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus
Spouse(s) Dorothy Elaine Floyd Reed
Academic background
Alma mater William Jewell College (B.A.)
Cornell Law School (LL.B.)
Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
Academic work
Institutions University of Michigan
University of Oklahoma
University of Colorado
Wayne State University

John W. Reed (born 1918)[1] is an American law professor and Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School.[2]


Reed has law degrees from Cornell Law School and Columbia Law School.[2] Reed joined the Michigan Law faculty in 1949.[1] Reed taught civil procedure, evidence, trial advocacy, and other courses at Michigan Law, and won many teaching awards.[1][2]

Reed left Michigan to become dean of the University of Colorado Law School, but returned to Michigan in 1968. In retirement, he became dean of the Wayne State University Law School and taught there.[2][3][4] He teaches at Wayne State in retirement.[2] Reed has served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, Chicago, NYU, and other law schools.[2] Reed was succeeded as Thomas M. Cooley Professor of Law by Edward H. Cooper.[5]

Reed has received awards from the American College of Trial Lawyers, Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators, and State Bar of Michigan.[2] He is an academic fellow of the International Society of Barristers and is the society's administrative director and editor.[2]

Reed was admitted to the bar in Michigan on June 10, 1953.[6] The John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award of the State Bar of Michigan is named in his honor.[4]

Reed was married to Dorothy Elaine Floyd Reed, who lived from 1926 to 2012.[7]


  1. ^ a b c History and Traditions, Faculty - John W. Reed, University of Michigan Law School.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Faculty Biography - John W. Reed. University of Michigan Law School.
  3. ^ Inaugural John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award Presented: Award Named After Reed, '49, Honors the Best of Legal Educators. University of Michigan Law School.
  4. ^ a b John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award, State Bar of Michigan.
  5. ^ Sheila Pursglove, Profile in Brief: Edward H. Cooper, Civil Society, Legal News (June 15, 2011).
  6. ^ John W. Reed—P19295, State Bar of Michigan.
  7. ^ Obituary, Dorothy Elaine Floyd Reed,

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