Professor Laura Graham elected to boards of Association of Legal Writing Directors, ‘The Second Draft’

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Professor Laura Graham (JD ’94), director of the Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research Program, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).

ALWD is a non-profit professional association of directors of legal reasoning, research, writing, analysis, and advocacy programs from law schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia and has more than 300 members representing more than 150 law schools.  According to the organization’s website, ALWD Board members oversee several initiatives central to the organization’s mission, including promoting scholarship and teaching within the legal writing profession, advocating for full citizenship for all law faculty, and increasing diversity and inclusion within the academy.  Professor Graham has been active in ALWD for several years, serving as co-chair of ALWD’s 2017 Innovative Teaching Workshop and on the Site Committee for the ALWD 2019 Biennial Conference.

Professor Graham was also recently appointed to a four-year term on the Editorial Board of “The Second Draft,” a publication of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).  According to the website, LWI is a “nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication by supporting the development of teaching and scholarly resources and establishing forums to discuss the study, teaching, and practice of professional legal writing.”  With nearly 3,000 members, LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States.  “The Second Draft“ aims to “provide an environment for sharing ideas and insights about teaching legal research and writing” by publishing essays, book reviews, and shorter articles of interest to legal writing professionals.

Professor Graham received the 1994 Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award upon graduation. She has taught Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research and Appellate Advocacy at Wake Forest since 1999, according to her faculty profile. She was the first recipient of the Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing. Professor Graham is a regular contributor to various state and national bar journals, where she provides writing refreshers for practicing attorneys.  Before joining the faculty, Professor 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.