Timothy P. Terrell

Professor Timothy Terrell is a Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1976. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland (1971); his law degree is from Yale Law School (1974); and he has a post-graduate Diploma in Law from Oxford University, England (1980).

After graduation from Yale, Professor Terrell was an associate in the Atlanta law firm now called Kilpatrick Townsend. Since joining the faculty at Emory he has been awarded two Fulbright grants, one to attend Oxford University to study political philosophy, and another to teach legal theory at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England. At Emory, Professor Terrell currently teaches principally in the areas of legal ethics, legal theory, property law, and advanced legal writing, and has scholarly publications in all those areas. For example, he is the co-author of a popular text on legal writing, entitled Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (3d ed., 2008, Practicing Law Institute). His most recent publication is a book entitled The Dimensions of Legal Reasoning: Developing Analytic Acuity from Law School to Law Practice (Carolina Academic Press, 2016).

Professor Terrell developed, and then served briefly in, the position of Director of Professional Development at King & Spalding in Atlanta. He is a frequent lecturer around the country for law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies, and other lawyer organizations on the topics of legal ethics and legal writing. He has also presented numerous programs on opinion writing to judges and judicial clerks, and has for more than two decades conducted the writing and editing portion of the NYU Institute of Judicial Administration’s annual training program for new appellate judges.

Specifically for NAGTRI, he has presented over 30 legal writing programs for State Attorney General Offices, and made several presentations at NAGTRI’s national programs on appellate advocacy.

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