Christine Nero Coughlin, Bioethics Faculty, is recipient of the 2017 Mary S. Lawrence Award from the Legal Writing Institute


Christine Nero Coughlin, JD, Professor and Director, Legal Research & Writing Program, School of Law, Graduate Program in BIoethics Faculty & Core Faculty Member of the Center for Bioethics Health & Society


The Legal Writing Institute, the nation’s large legal writing organization, has chosen Professor Chris Coughlin as the recipient of the 2017 Mary S. Lawrence Award.  The Award will be presented to Professor Coughlin at the 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference in Minneapolis this July.


The Mary S. Lawrence Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a combination of pioneering scholarship and innovative curriculum or program design.  It is named for Professor Emerita Mary S. Lawrence, a former longtime director of the LAWR program at Oregon Law.  It is understood that Mary S. Lawrence will be in attendance when Professor Coughlin receives the Award in July; what a special moment that will be!


The LWI Awards Committee said in an online statement that Professor Coughlin was chosen for the Award in part for her lead authorship of the first-year legal writing text A Lawyer Writes.  Profess or Laura Graham says, “from experience that Professor Coughlin’s text was a game-changer in first-year LAWR classes around the country.”  The Committee also recognized Professor Coughlin’s curricular innovations at Wake Forest, of which her colleagues have all been the beneficiaries, and her influence as a mentor in the legal writing field.

Professor Graham goes on to say, “I don’t need to tell you all how beloved Professor Coughlin is as a teacher, a colleague, a mentor, and a friend to all of us here at Wake Law.  She brings out the best in everyone she encounters, and I know we all are happy that the national legal writing community has formally recognized what we at Wake have always known.”