About the Director
Founding Program Director Abigail Perdue is a former federal law clerk and author of The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking. In addition to teaching the judicial clerkship course as part of the D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program, Professor Perdue also teaches Appellate Advocacy, Introduction to American Law, Diversity and Discrimination, and Legal Writing, Analysis, and Research at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Perdue practiced employment law at the New York City office of Proskauer Rose and then clerked for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Professor Perdue’s two clerkships were among the most formative experiences in her career, which is why she founded the Program shortly after joining the faculty.
Professor Perdue created the Program in the Fall of 2012 so that Wake Forest Law students could also experience the incredible opportunity of working with brilliant jurists and law clerks at some of the most influential courts in America. Professor Perdue lives and works in Washington, D.C., for the duration of the Program so that she may provide on-site assistance to participating judges, special masters, supervising law clerks, and students.