John Korzen

John Korzen

Associate Professor of Legal Writing
Director of Appellate Advocacy Clinic

John 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. Before attending law school, Professor Korzen taught grades 4 through 7 in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System for six years. He and his wife Catherine live in Kernersville, N.C. They have three daughters.Read more »


  • JD, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1991
  • BA, Wake Forest University, 1981



  • Make Your Argument: Succeeding in Moot Court and Mock Trial (Kaplan 2010).

Book Chapters

  • Keeping Score, in Taking Flight (2011).
  • Persuasive Drafting and Presentation of Issues and Facts, in (2008).


  • Criminal Appeals in the Fourth Circuit, (2011).
  • Just the Facts: Ten Tips on Writing a Persuasive Statement of Facts, Trial Briefs (North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers) (2004).
  • The Fourth Circuit: A Divided Court, 6 Federal Sentencing Reporter 274 (1994).


John Korzen
Contact Information

Worrell 2303D
  • Appellate Law & Practice
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Federal Courts
  • Judges & Clerkships
  • Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Legal Writing & Research