Professors Berenguer, Thrower to lead revamped legal writing program

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced that professors Elizabeth E. Berenguer and Susan Thrower will join the law school faculty at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year. Berenguer and Thrower will lead a revitalized legal writing program across the entire curriculum.

“The importance of being a sound legal writer upon entering the workforce has never been more apparent than today,” said Leonard. “With that in mind, the faculty and I have sought ways to improve our legal writing program for our current and future students. Our due diligence has led us to expand our legal writing program by including a third required semester that offers a more comprehensive look at legal writing, along with a more coordinated approach to all upper level writing.

“An exhaustive national search to find the best legal writing scholars ultimately led us to Elizabeth and Susan. We could not be more delighted to have them join our faculty, and we know that their skills, knowledge, and teaching ability will better prepare our students to serve as outstanding legal writers throughout their careers.”

Elizabeth E. Berenguer and Susan Thrower

Berenguer will direct the upper level legal writing program at Campbell Law, while Thrower will lead the first-year program.

Berenguer, a Cuban-American who writes in both English and Spanish, is currently an associate professor and director of the legal skills and professionalism program at Savannah Law School. Her teaching responsibilities include Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Pre-Trial, and Transactional Drafting. She has also served as the director of Savannah’s trial and moot court advocacy teams.

Prior to academia, Berenguer was a trial lawyer with the Office of the Public Defender in Florida where she represented clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases. She earned her J.D. and bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.

Thrower is presently an associate professor and the director of legal analysis, research, and communication at DePaul University College of Law. She has taught a variety of legal writing courses both at DePaul and George Washington since entering academia in 1996. At George Washington, Thrower was the associate director of the first-year legal writing program.

Thrower began her legal career in private practice, specializing in secured lending and bankruptcy, as well as working as a consultant to the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility. She holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,800 alumni, including more than 3,000 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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