Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research
Director, Washington Summer Judicial Externship Program
Professor Abigail Perdue currently teaches Legal, Analysis, Writing, and Research (“LAWR”) I and II, Appellate Advocacy, Diversity and Discrimination, Introduction to American Law, and Judicial Clerking. She is the Founding Director of the Wake Forest in Washington Summer Judicial Externship Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest, Professor Perdue practiced employment law at the New York City office of Proskauer Rose, LLP. She also taught courses, including Diversity and Discrimination in Employment and Higher Education, Genetics, Law, and Policy, and Cases and Controversies in American Law, at Washington and Lee University and School of Law. In addition, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Perdue is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
While at Wake Forest, she has published numerous law review articles and scholarly essays on various topics, including pedagogical innovation as well as diversity and discrimination. Her first book – Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide (with Dr. Randall Lockwood) – is available from Purdue University Academic Press, and her second book – The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking – is forthcoming in 2017 from WestAcademic Publishing. Professor Perdue has also contributed pieces to national publications, such as Employment Law 360 and The Huffington Post, as well as legal blogs. She has also presented at conferences nationwide, including the 2016 Legal Writing Biennial Conference, New England Writers’ Consortium, Duke Law School’s 2015 Civil Rights Symposium, and the Capital Area Legal Writers’ Conference. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute’s New Member Outreach Committee and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Second Draft, a publication of the Legal Writing Institute. At Wake Forest, Professor Perdue has, inter alia, coached Moot Court teams, served as a member of the Clerkship and Admissions Committees, worked as a Faculty Fellow, and advised a student journal.