Director, Legal Research & Writing
A.B.J., J.D., University of Georgia
Legal Research & Writing
Cathleen S. Wharton joined the University of Georgia School of Law's Legal Research and Writing Program in 1983 and has served as its director since 1988. She has literally written the book on her subject, as she is the co-author of a leading textbook used by legal research and writing programs across the country, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method (4th ed., 2010, with John Dernbach, Richard Singleton, Joan Ruhtenberg and Catherine Wasson). She has also co-authored Citation Form for Briefs and Legal Memoranda (1997, with Daisy Floyd and Bertis Downs). In 1999, she was quoted extensively in an article in the Seattle University Law Review titled "Critiquing and Evaluating Law Students' Writing: Advice from Thirty-Five Experts."
Wharton develops teaching materials for the first-year legal writing program and teaches one section of the first-year legal writing course. She is also responsible for administrative duties, selection of texts, supervision of other writing teachers and coordination of computerized research training for first-year students.
She has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE) since 1989, developing and leading numerous seminars on legal writing or legal research for Georgia's judges and courtroom administrators. In 1993 she was honored with ICJE's Award for Continuing Service to Judicial Excellence. She taught legal research and legal writing in the evening paralegal studies program at Athens Area Technical Institute from 1986 to 1990. Wharton also served as a consultant with the Athens law firm Cook, Noell, Tolley & Aldridge from 1983 to 1990, assisting the managing partner in preparing civil cases for trial and appeal.
Wharton is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, the Legal Writing Institute and the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing and Research.
Wharton earned both her bachelor's degree in journalism and her law degree from the University of Georgia.
A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method, 4th. ed. (Aspen Publishers, 2010) (with John C. Dernbach, Richard V. Singleton II, Joan Ruhtenberg and Catherine J. Wasson).
A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method, 3d. ed. (Aspen Publishers, 2007) (with John C. Dernbach, Richard V. Singleton II, Joan Ruhtenberg and Catherine J. Wasson).
A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method, 2d ed. (Rothman, 1994) (with John C. Dernbach, Richard V. Singleton, II, and Joan M. Ruhtenberg).
CALI Program Citation Form for Briefs and Legal Memoranda, 1995, rev. 1997 (with Bertis E. Downs, IV and Daisy H. Floyd).
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