WFU Law Professor Chris Coughlin receives teaching award

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Chris Coughlin is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award, Law School Dean Blake Morant has announced.

Coughlin will receive the Branch Award during the University’s convocation exercises at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in Wait Chapel. A reception will follow in Scales Lobby. Anthony Parent, Professor of History, will give this year’s Founders’ Day Convocation address, “Weathering Wake: A History of African Americans at Wake Forest.”

Coughlin has twice won the Graham Award for Legal Research and Writing Excellence in Teaching. She is the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at the Law School, and a co-director of the Wake Forest University Program in Bioethics, Health and Society. She also has an appointment at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the Translational Science Institute and is a frequent lecturer at the Medical School. Her teaching and scholarship are concentrated in the areas of legal writing, health care law and bioethics.

The primary criterion used to identify the recipient of this Branch Award consisted of a review of each faculty member’s teaching evaluations for courses taught during the spring and fall semesters of 2008-09.