Professor Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ’90) co-publishes ‘An Advocate Persuades’ as follow-up to ‘A Lawyer Writes’

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Chris Nero Coughlin is a recipient of the Joseph Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching and a two-time recipient of the Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing.

Professor Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ’90), co-author of the textbook, “A Lawyer Writes,” has co-written a follow-up book, “An Advocate Persuades,” with the same co-authors Joan Malmud Rocklin and Sandy Patrick, with the addition of Robert B. Rocklin.

Published in December 2015 on Carolina Academic Press, “An Advocate Persuades” introduces its reader to the role of the advocate and the tools of persuasion, according to the website. The cost will be $45.

“This book, like its predecessor ‘A Lawyer Writes,’ places the reader in the role of a first-year attorney,” the website states. “Now, that first-year attorney must draft a motion or appellate brief and then present an oral argument. With step-by-step explanations and numerous examples, ‘An Advocate Persuades’ explains how to develop and refine trial-level and appellate arguments and then how to present those arguments orally. Speaking to its readers in a straightforward manner, ‘An Advocate Persuades’ communicates both the theories and foundational skills of persuasion so that they will be retained for a lifetime of legal practice.”

Professor Coughlin is the director of the Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) Program.  She is a multiple-award winning teacher, recognized for both her teaching and teaching innovation, with the Wake Forest University Teaching and Learning Center’s Teaching Innovation Award, the Joseph Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing. Professor Coughlin also has appointments in the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she is a core faculty member of the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health & Society as well as the Wake Forest University School of Medicine’s Translational Science Institute.