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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Abigail Lauren Perdue, J.D.

Adjunct Instructor and Special Consultant to the Pre-Law Program

Elrod Commons, Office 310
(540) 458-8212

A graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Ms. Perdue recently returned to W&L to serve as an Adjunct Instructor and Special Consultant to the Pre-law Program. This fall Ms. Perdue will teach a first-year seminar entitled, "Diversity and Discrimination in Employment and Higher Education" and will assist in teaching a professionalism course at W&L School of Law. During the winter term, she will be teaching Medical Ethics with Professor Gregory Cooper and will be conducting a Spring seminar entitled, "Great Cases and Controversies in American Law." In her consultant capacity, Ms. Perdue will, inter alia, advise students interested in pursuing legal studies, advise Generals Interested in Legal Studies, coordinate the Law School Liaisons mentoring program, develop pre-law programming, and work to strengthen W&L's existing pre-law resources.

Previously, Ms. Perdue worked as an attorney at the New York City office of Proskauer Rose LLP -- an international, full-service law firm -- where her practice focused on employment counseling and litigation. Ms. Perdue has authored publications on a range of topics from the legal implications arising from appearance policies to the increasingly important role of genetic information in the law and served as a guest columnist for Employment Law 360 - a national legal publication. Because of her pro bono efforts, she received the Golden Gavel Award for pro bono service and was also an Empire State Counsel Honoree. Ms. Perdue is admitted to the practice of law in New York and West Virginia and is a member of several bar associations.


J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, Washington and Lee University


  • Employment Discrimination
  • Lawful Appearance and Grooming Policies
  • Accessibility and Accommodations
  • Legal Implications of Surrogacy
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act


  • INTR 180:  Diversity and Discrimination in Employment and Higher Education
  • Assisting in teaching Professionalism at W&L School of Law

Selected Publications

  • Fashion Police: Risks And Rewards Of Expression (Employment Law 360):  Abigail Perdue authored this article on how employers can effectively draft and enforce comprehensive appearance and grooming policies.
  • Pros and Cons of Pet-Friendly Workplaces (Employment Law 360):  Abigail Perdue authored this article on legal issues involved in allowing pets at the workplace. 
  • A Legal Evolution: The Influence of Genetics in the American Workplace (HR Advisor):  Larry Lorber and Abigail Perdue authored this article on the workplace implications of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and the growing significance of genetics in other facets of employment law.
  • Ownership of Email is Not Clear (National Law Journal):  Abigail Perdue contributed to this article discussing whether employees "own" email communications sent or received via workplace technology or networks. 
  • N.Y. Choice-Of-Law Provisions In Executive Employment Agreements (New York Law Journal):  Mike Album and Abigail Perdue co-authored this article discussing the impact of New York choice-of-law provisions in executive employment agreements. 

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • West Virginia