Michael A. Blasie

Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills

Michael A. Blasie delivers a curriculum focused on building legal writing, reasoning, analysis, and critical thinking—all essential lawyering skills used in today’s law practice. He has taught several continuing legal education courses on legal writing. His teaching and research interests include legal research and writing, appellate advocacy, professionalism, legislative drafting, and state constitutional law.

Prior to joining the resident faculty, Professor Blasie served as staff counsel for Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, where he drafted over 150 motions, briefs and research memos as the research and writing arm of trial and appellate teams in insurance, professional liability, class action, products liability, and mass tort cases. He began his legal career as a commercial litigator and criminal defense attorney in the New York City office of Cooley LLP, and also served as a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York, New York. He worked for two firms in Denver, Colorado, prior to becoming a law clerk to The Honorable David J. Richman of the Colorado Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.

Professor Blasie has authored several publications, including a seventeen-part legal writing series for the Colorado Bar Association and co-authored the treatise on Colorado Appellate Law and Practice.

While a law student at the New York University School of Law, Professor Blasie served as editor of Development of the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, earned the David Friedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Evidence, and was a semi-finalist in the Marden Moot Court Competition.


Select Publications by Professor Blasie

Co-Author, Colorado Appellate Law and Practice Treatise (2018-2019)

The Uncertain Foundation of Work Product, 67 DePaul L. Rev. 35 (2017)

A Separation of Powers Defense of Federal Rulemaking Power, 66 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 593 (2011)

Michael A. Blasie

Email  mab1200@psu.edu 

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Education
J.D., New York University School of Law

B.A., Hamilton College


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Current Courses
Legal Writing and Analysis I

Legal Writing and Analysis II