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Professor Laura Graham (’94) to teach N.C. Bar Association Program on Legal Writing on Nov. 16

Professor Laura P. Graham will teach a program titled, “Legal Writing for Practitioners: Lessons from Aristotle (2012),” at the N.C. Bar Center on Friday, Nov. 16.

Throughout the program , Graham will be highlighting several ways that attorneys can enhance the the credibility of their legal writing as exemplified through one of Aristotle’s three core attributes of successful rhetoric, ethos. The program will include interactive practice exercises valuable for any range of experience. Participants will aim to hone their skills in crafting well-reasoned, well-organized documents that are precise, clear and concise, and free from grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

Additionally, Graham will be sharing tools and strategies for increasing writing efficiency, including a refresher on what judges and other legal readers need and expect from writing; techniques for improving precision, clarity, and conciseness of writing; hands-on practice in revising legal writing; and a review of excellent resources for editing and proofreading.

Graham,who is assistant director of the law school’s LAWR program, is the winner of the first Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing, which bears her name. She has been teaching Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research and Appellate Advocacy at Wake Forest since 1999.  Graham’s research and speaking interests center on how to maximize beginning law students’ early success in 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, North Carolina, specializing in domestic law and appellate practice.

She is a graduate of the Wake Forest Law School, where she received the 1994 Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award.