Abigail Perdue

Abigail Perdue

Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research
Founding Director, D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program

Professor Abigail Perdue has published numerous law review articles and scholarly essays on various topics, including judicial clerking, discrimination, and pedagogical innovation. Her first book – Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide (with Dr. Randall Lockwood) – is available from Purdue University Academic Press. Her second book – The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking – became available in April 2017 from WestAcademic Publishing. Her third book -- Exploring Discrimination: Sex, Disability, and Genetic Information -- was released from Carolina Academic Press in 2021. Professor Perdue has also presented at conferences around the world.

Professor Perdue teaches or has taught Legal, Analysis, Writing, and Research ("LAWR") I and II, Appellate Advocacy, Diversity and Discrimination, Employment Discrimination: Principles and Practice, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing for Judicial Chambers, Introduction to American Law, and Judicial Clerking. She is the Founding Director of the D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program. She also chairs Wake Forest's Clerkship Committee.

Professor Perdue is also actively involved in service to the field of legal writing at the national level. Among other things, she has served as Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute's 2022 Biennial Conference, 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. She is also a contributing writer for LWI Lives.

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. 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 graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University and obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.Read more »


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, summa cum laude, Washington and Lee University



  • Exploring Discrimination: Sex, Disability, and Genetic Information (Carolina Academic Press 2021).
  • The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking (West Academic Press 2017).
  • Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide (Purdue University Press 2014).

Book Chapters

  • Project Professionalism, in (2017).


  • An OSM for IOT: Establishing an Office of Special Masters for Certain Cases Involving the Internet of Things, (2022).
  • Man Up: Exploring Perceptions of Women in Leadership, Marquette Law Review (2017).
  • The Stories Told about U.S. v. Virginia, The Second Draft (2015).
  • Transforming "Shedets" into "Keydets:" An Empirical Study Examining Coeducation through the Lens of Gender Polarization, The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law (2015).
  • The Nth Decree: Examining Intra-racial Use of the N-Word in Employment Discrimination Cases, 64 DePaul Law Review 65 (2015).
  • The Solidarity Paradox, 23 Duke Journal of Gender, Law, & Policy 45-98 (2015).
  • DNA Resume: Exploring Genetic Discrimination in America's Brave, New Workplace, Tennessee Law Review (2011).
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Laws: The Rise, Fall, and Future of Section 48, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law (2011).
  • For Love or Money: An Analysis of the Contractual Regulation of Reproductive Surrogacy, Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy (2011).
  • Fashion Police: Risks and Rewards of Expression, Employment Law 360 (2009).
  • Pros and Cons of Pet-Friendly Workplaces, Employment Law 360 (2008).
  • The Legal Evolution: Genetic Influences in American Employment Law, HR Advisor (2008).
  • Ownership of Email is Not Clear, National Law Journal (2008).
  • Federal Rules Leave More Questions than Answers, New York Law Journal (2007).
  • New York Choice of Law Provisions in Executive Employment Agreements, New York Law Journal (2006).


Abigail Perdue
Contact Information

Worrell 3337
  • Animal Welfare
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Judges & Clerkships
  • Law Teaching
  • Legal Writing & Research
  • Sex Discrimination