Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research
Founding Director, D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program
Assistant Director, D.C. Metropolitan Spring Externship Program
Professor Abigail Perdue has published numerous law review articles and scholarly essays on various topics, including discrimination, pedagogical innovation, and animal cruelty. Her first book– Animal Cruelty and Freedom of Speech: When Worlds Collide (with Dr. Randall Lockwood) – is available from Purdue University Academic Press. Her latest book – The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking – became available in April 2017 from WestAcademic Publishing. Professor Perdue has also published many law review articles and scholarly essays and presented at conferences across America.
Professor 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 and Assistant Director of the Spring Metropolitan Program. Among other things, she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute's New Member Outreach Committee and chairs Wake Forest's Clerkship Committee.
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. 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.