Professor John Korzen (’91) certified as a specialist in appellate practice

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John Korzen, who heads the Appellate Advocacy Clinic and teaches Legal Writing and Business Drafting, is an experienced appellate lawyer.

Professor John Korzen (’91)  is now a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice Law, a distinction recognized by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization on Nov. 21.

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public.  The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law.

To be certified as a specialist, a lawyer must have been in practice for at least five years, devote a significant part of practice to the specialty area, attend continuing legal education seminars in the specialty, be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

This year was the first time that the North Carolina State Bar has certified specialists in the field of Appellate Practice.  After satisfying the practice and peer review requirements, Professor Korzen had to pass the equivalent of two law school exams, including a three-hour live exam with three essay and 30 multiple choice questions, and a one-week take home exam that required the rewriting of one section of a brief and the identification of rules violations and other errors in the rest of the brief.

Professor Korzen is the director of  the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic and an associate professor of Legal Writing.  In addition to the clinic, he teaches Appellate Advocacy and LAWR I and II.  He also chairs the faculty Moot Court Advisors committee and the faculty Clerkship committee.

Professor Korzen joins Clinical Professor Kate Mewhinney, who is a certified specialist in Elder Law, as Wake Forest faculty members who are certified as specialists by the North Carolina State Bar.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program and a list of legal specialists by practice area, visit the Legal Specialization website at