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Elon Law welcomes new LMC Fellows for 2017-19

Drew Simshaw and Heather Gram join the law school’s Legal Method & Communication Program on a two-year fellowship to teach legal writing to incoming students.

Two new faces have joined the Elon University School of Law faculty to teach a legal skills course to students during their first year of study.

Drew Simshaw and Heather Gram are the latest additions to the Legal Method & Communication Program, which is woven through Elon Law’s first-year curriculum. The program's integrated, immersive, and iterative writing and research curriculum coordinates with Elon Law faculty who teach doctrinal courses.

Drew Simshaw

Simshaw previously taught at Georgetown, where he was a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Staff Attorney for the Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown Law’s nationally prominent clinical center. Simshaw taught in the Communications and Technology Law Clinic, where he worked with students on behalf of public interest clients on media and privacy-related issues before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and federal appellate courts.

He is a graduate of the Indiana Maurer School of Law and has completed requirements for an LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown. Simshaw has written several law journal articles on privacy law, technology law, and data security.

“I’m honored to contribute to Elon’s cutting-edge LMC program,” Simshaw said. “Mastering foundational research, analytical, and written and oral communication skills is essential to becoming an effective and ethical attorney. I look forward to helping students develop these skills, using insight gained from my firsthand experience as an appellate litigator, public interest advocate, and legal scholar.”

Heather Gram

Gram previously taught courses on legal writing and business drafting as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University’s law school. Before teaching at Wake, she was vice president and associate general counsel at Harpo Productions in Chicago, where she served as primary counsel for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” While there, she also provided legal review for the OWN Network as well as Harpo's digital and marketing teams.

Gram earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"It’s a great opportunity to join this wonderful team at Elon, and to provide students with a practical perspective based on my experience in entertainment and corporate law,” she said. “Learning how to analyze and write well is just as important as being able to communicate that information with all types of people."

Simshaw and Gram take over teaching responsibilities from former instructors Julee Flood and Tim McFarlin, whose two-year fellowships concluded in June. They join Tiffany Atkins and Elliot Engstrom, both of whom return to Elon Law this fall for the second year of their own LMC fellowships.

About Elon Law:

Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the preeminent school for engaged and experiential education in law. It integrates traditional classroom instruction with highly experiential full-time residencies-in-practice in a logically sequenced program of transformational professional preparation. Elon Law’s groundbreaking approach is accomplished in 2.5 years, which provides distinctive value by lowering tuition and permitting graduates early entry into their professional careers.

For more information, visit law.elon.edu.

Eric Townsend,
7/18/2017 9:35 AM