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. She 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, Ms. 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.
In 1995 she returned to Michigan to teach at Wayne State University Law School where she taught both first-year and advanced legal writing from 1995-1998. In 2000 she began teaching legal writing at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She directed the Research, Writing and Advocacy program there from 2001-2007 and taught first-year and advanced legal writing. Additionally, she regularly coached teams participating in both regional and national moot court competitions.
Ms. Byrnes has been active in historic preservation since 1999. She served as Chairperson for the Saline Historic District Study Committee from 1999-2002 and worked to establish the first residential historic district in Saline, Michigan. She also served as a member of the Saline Historic District Commission from 1999-2004.