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Faculty News and Notes Summer 2011

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

Wake Forest law professors’ paper listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list

A paper written by Wake Forest University School of Law Professors Miki Felsenburg and Laura Graham, “A Better Beginning: Why and How to Help Novice Legal Writers Build a Solid Foundation By Shifting Their Focus From Product to Process,” was recently listed on Social Science Research Network ‘s Top Ten download list for the Legal Writing eJournal. Continue reading »

Wake Forest teams compete in inaugural Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition

On April 1-2, two teams from the Wake Forest University School of Law competed in the Inaugural Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition.  Named for the three immediate past Chief Justices of North Carolina, including Wake Forest’s own Rhoda Billings, the Competition was held at Elon Law School in Greensboro. Continue reading »

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Faculty Profile: Chris Coughlin (’90)

The first time Chris Nero Coughlin (’90) stepped into the classroom as a professor she felt like she was home. Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Winter 2011

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Summer 2010

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

Legal research and writing program changes its name

Faculty members of the Wake Forest University School of Law recently approved a change in the name of the “Legal Research & Writing (LRW)” program to “Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research (LAWR).”

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Precision, Clarity, Conciseness: Three Interrelated Hallmarks of Good Legal Writing

Ask just about any legal reader what the most important qualities of effective legal writing are, and his answer will likely include these three: precision, clarity, and conciseness. Ask any legal writer the same question – even a novice legal writer – and the answer will likely be the same. In fact, precision, clarity, and conciseness are so widely recognized as central to effective legal writing that it seems paradoxical that legal writers have so much trouble with these aspects of their task. Read the full story »

Characteristics Of Good Legal Writing Easy To Explain But Difficult To Do

“Legal writing is so simple, but it’s so hard.” I heard this lament recently from a novice legal writer, and I understood exactly what he meant. Most lawyers – indeed, even most beginning law students – understand intuitively that certain qualities are fundamental to effective legal writing. Clarity, conciseness, accuracy, organization – these would likely top almost any lawyer’s list of the characteristics of “good” legal writing. And yet even veteran lawyers acknowledge that writing a memo or brief that reflects all of these qualities is no easy task. Read the full story »

Faculty News and Notes Winter 2010

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »