Heather Gram returns to teach LAWR, Business Drafting

Adjunct Professor Heather Gram will begin the 2016-2017 academic year teaching the first section of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) to first-year students in the fall. In the spring semester, she will teach the second section of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research as well as a Business Drafting course.

“Professor Gram taught Business Drafting for us last spring and returns to teach LAWR to the 1Ls and Business Drafting to upper-class students,” says Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77).  “Professor Gram had a career in entertainment law in Chicago where she was vice-president/associate general counsel of Harpo Productions, working primarily on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’”

Professor Gram’s career transition will be eased by familiarity from her undergraduate collegiate years in North Carolina. She studied Economics and International Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, she continued onto The University of Cincinnati College of Law.

After earning her law degree, Professor Gram became involved in the entertainment and media legal industry. She worked at Turner Broadcasting and Harpo Productions Inc. At Turner, she worked on marketing, promotions, acquisitions and sweepstakes for the Turner-owned sports and entertainment networks, including the Atlanta Braves, TBS and Cartoon Network. After her time at Turner, Professor Gram remained in the entertainment field by moving to Chicago and working at Harpo Productions Inc. In her 14 years at Harpo, she provided legal review and counsel for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah.com and various other Harpo-owned television series.

Immediately prior to joining Wake Forest Law, Professor Gram was the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Harpo Productions, Inc.

“Entertainment and Media Law is never boring, and there are always situations that arise for which creative solutions must be found. At this point in my career, it’s fun to be able to pass along some of the things that I’ve learned in-house and hopefully help my students feel ready for life post-law school,” she said.

Professor Gram adds she hopes to motivate her students by sharing her passion for the industry. While joining the Wake Forest Law community is a big change for someone who has always been involved with the television production industry, Professor Gram looks forward to this new chapter.

“Each experience builds on the previous one, and I am excited to see what opportunities await me at Wake Forest,” she said.