Conley Wouters

Conley Wouters

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
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Areas of Expertise:
Legal Writing


  • J.D. Cornell Law School
  • Ph.D. Brandeis University
  • M.A. Brandeis University
  • B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Conley Wouters joined Detroit Mercy Law in 2022 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. After graduating from law school, he worked in complex commercial litigation at a large international law firm, where his pro bono practice centered on immigration matters and post-conviction relief. Before joining the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Suffolk Law School, where he taught legal writing and analysis. Professor Wouters also served as adjunct faculty in the English department at Brandeis University, where he taught courses in literature and composition. His current research focuses on legal storytelling in the context of impact litigation.

Professor Wouters enjoys seeing live music and spending time with his family, including their Australian shepherd, Stevie.


    Courses Taught

    Applied Legal Theory and Analysis

    Environmental Law and Literature


    Selected Publications

    Legal Storytelling and Legal Writing, SUFFOLK LAW SCHOOL LEGAL WRITING MATTERS BLOG (Oct. 19, 2021).

    What am I, a Machine?”: Humans and Information in THE PALE KING,” in DAVID FOSTER WALLACE AND “THE LONG THING:” NEW ESSAYS ON THE NOVELS 169-186 (Marshall Boswell ed., 2014).

    “What am I, a Machine?”: Humans, Information, and Matters of Record in David Foster Wallace’s THE PALE KING,” 44 STUDIES IN THE NOVEL 447-463 (2012).


    Selected Presentations

    Association of American Law Schools 2022 Annual Meeting, The Best Arguments in the World Won’t Change a Person’s Mind”: Legal Storytelling in Richard Powers’ THE OVERSTORY.

    Eighth Annual Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, Mercer University School of Law, July 2021. “‘The Best Arguments in the World Won’t Change a Person’s Mind’: Legal Storytelling and Narrative Fidelity in Richard Powers’ The Overstory.”

    First Annual David Foster Wallace Conference, Illinois State University, 2014. ‘“Begat in One Car and Born in Another’: Traffic, Movement, and Travel in The Pale King.”