Christopher R. Trudeau, J.D.,
has a dual appointment at both the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. In his role at Bowen, Professor Trudeau teaches Research, Writing, and Analysis I & II. He has extensive experience teaching legal writing, having taught legal writing to over 1,500 students during his 13-year tenure at the Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While there, Professor Trudeau taught every legal writing course the school offers, and he has become an international leader in plain-language legal writing and drafting. In 2012, Professor Trudeau published the first U.S. study to measure the public’s preferences for legal communication, and he has recently received a grant from the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and Lexis/Nexis to conduct a similar international study.
In his role as an Associate Professor at UAMS’s Center for Health Literacy, Trudeau conducts empirical research on clear health communication, drafts healthcare documents, and teaches health law and communication courses to medical students and students in other health professions. Trudeau is a leading expert on health literacy, informed consent, and risk communication. He often speaks on how to communicate legal and health information in ways that both engage patients and better protect healthcare organizations. Professor Trudeau is frequently invited to speak on these topics; he has recently spoken for the Center for Disease Control, the Institute of Medicine, the FDA, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.