Posted: September 5th, 2012 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Professor Laura Graham (‘94) is the new Wake Forest University pre-law adviser as well as assistant director of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research I & II.
“In addition to her energy and passion, Laura brings valuable experience with law school admissions, and connections to events and resources at the WFU Law School,” said Christy M. Buchanan, professor of Psychology and WFU Associate Dean for Academic Advising. “Her research addresses obstacles to student success in legal analysis and how to help them be successful.”
Law Professor Chris Coughlin, director of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research, added: “I am excited and honored to worked even more closely with Laura Graham in this new role. Her knowledge about how to best help students entering law school succeed and her commitment to students, to her teaching, to the LAWR program and to the University have always been inspirational. She will be particularly helpful in integrating the LAWR program further with other programs offered by the the law school, most particularly the Academic Success Program.”
Law Professor Tracey Banks Coan, director of the law school’s Academic Success Program, says that Graham has been a tremendous asset to ASP.
“I am thrilled that Laura is going to be the pre-law adviser for the university and an assistant director of the LAWR program,” she explained.
“Having Laura in this dual role will provide invaluable guidance and assistance to students from the time they apply to law school to the time they graduate. I’m looking forward to building on Laura’s work with bar exam preparation to strengthen and expand the connection between LAWR and ASP. I’m confident that we’ll be able to work together to further integrate academic support for students at every stage of their legal education.”
In addition to being available in the law school, Graham will have drop-in office hours in Reynolda Hall (Office of Personal and Career Development, Suite 230). For this fall, her hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Fridays 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Graham will be working closely with the Office of Academic Advising and others to maintain and build the pre-law advising program. “We congratulate Laura, and wish her success in this new endeavor,” Buchanan said.
Graham succeeds Barry Maine, professor of English, who has taken on the duties of Judicial Liaison for academic honor cases.
Winner of the first Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing, which was instituted in her name, Graham has been teaching Legal Analysis, Writing and Research and Appellate Advocacy at Wake Forest since 1999. Her research and speaking interests center on how to maximize beginning law students’ early success in legal writing.
Graham recently co-authored a book with retired Professor Miriam E. Felsenburg called, “The Pre-Writing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide,” which will be available for purchase from Carolina Academic Press in Spring 2013. She also pens a regular column for North Carolina Lawyer about legal writing.
Prior to joining the faculty, Graham served as judicial clerk for Judge Ralph Walker of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and was in private practice in Jacksonville, N.C., specializing in domestic law and appellate practice.
Graham is a Double Deac, graduating summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s of arts in 1986. She was the recipient of the 1994 Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award. She and her husband, Joseph, a retired Naval officer, are the parents of a daughter, Ellen. Graham is active in her church ministries, especially the children’s music program, and enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with her family.