Professor John Korzen named one of North Carolina’s ‘Legal Elite’

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Business North Carolina magazine has named Professor John Korzen (JD ’91) one of its “Legal Elite” for 2018, in the Appellate practice category. This is the first year in which Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite has included Appellate practice.

Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in various practice areas. Winners are chosen by the state’s lawyers. The award is unique in that it gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. Each year, the magazine sends ballot notices to every member of the North Carolina State Bar living in North Carolina — asking each a simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories? Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves.

“I am honored to be included in Business North Carolina’s ‘Legal Elite,’” Korzen said. “It is especially gratifying to be selected by the votes of attorneys throughout the state in the first year in which Appellate practice has been recognized.”

Korzen is the director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic and an associate professor of Legal Writing. Professor Korzen is certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Appellate Practice. He has argued appeals in the Supreme Court of the United States, Fourth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, Supreme Court of North Carolina, and the Court of Appeals of North Carolina. He has supervised the work of third-year law students in all of those appellate courts and others. Before joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Korzen practiced law for a total of eleven years, with Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore in Greensboro, N.C., and Anderson, Korzen & Associates in Kernersville, N.C. He previously served as a law clerk for the late Sam J. Ervin, III, then Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.