Surviving Trump's America

Two Law Professors Sound Off on Politics and the Constitution. Join Us for Good Conversation and, Occasionally, a Good Laugh.



We are Dan Ray and Brendan Beery, the Laughing Chimps. We talk about stuff and we make each other (and hopefully, you) laugh.

First, let’s be clear: we speak only for ourselves in our personal capacities; we do NOT speak for or represent any other institution, employer, organization, or entity.

Short Bios

DAN RAY is Professor Emeritus from Western Michigan University TMC Law School, where he taught courses in constitutional law. Before joining the Law School’s faculty, he was a professor at Eastern Michigan University and directed the University’s Legal Assistant Studies Program.

drAfter graduating from law school as one of the top three students in his graduating class, Professor Ray enjoyed a successful career in private practice, where he tried cases involving civil rights, employment, and products liability, among many other practice areas.

Professor Ray’s accolades are many; they include the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s Patriot Award in 2014.

Professor Ray frequently speaks and writes on the topis he cares most about: minority rights, the Constitution, and controlling the political narrative.

BRENDAN BEERY is a Professor of Law at Western Michigan University TMC Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional law. He has also taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Research & Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, Interviewing & Counseling, and Introduction to Law.

brendan_baynews9After graduating from law school ranked fist in his class, Professor Beery was a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals, after which he entered private practice and handled cases involving criminal law, public-school and municipal law, and medical malpractice, among other practice areas.

In September 2016, Professor Beery was presented the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award, given to the WMU law professor who made the greatest contribution to the legal education of the most recent class of graduates.

Professor Beery frequently appears on TV and radio, speaks, and writes about constitutional issues, the Supreme Court, and politics. He has a special interest in the psychology of political behavior.