Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation
and Legal Writing Professor
Office: LC 2002G
Campus Phone: 419.530.4164
Fax Number: 419.530.7911
Lesa Byrnes joined the College of Law faculty in 2007 and teaches Lawyering Skills I & II, Pretrial Litigation and Law and the Legal System. Professor Byrnes received her B.A. in French from Oakland University and her M.A. in French Literature from New York University. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1989.
After graduating from law school, Professor Byrnes worked as a corporate tax attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel to the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.. As a Chief Counsel attorney she drafted regulations, revenue rulings and private letter rulings.
Professor Byrnes began teaching legal writing in 1995 at Wayne State Law School. She also taught legal writing at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she directed the Research, Writing and Advocacy program from 2001-2007. Additionally, she has regularly coached teams participating in both regional and national moot court competitions.