SHERYL G. DRAKER, J.D., M.A.

Sheryl Gay Draker joined the WJF Institute in 1994. As one of its lead instructors, she has trained over 700 attorneys in communication skills and client development strategies. She brings to her work over 22 years of professional experience with interpersonal communication and team building.

As principal of The Draker Group, Sheryl engages in joint ventures and consults with numerous law firms. She is also a jury consultant. In this capacity, she assisted the State of Texas and its national legal team with litigation against the major tobacco companies. From 1988 to 1990, she was an attorney with Cowles & Thompson in Dallas. There she engaged in a civil trial work, and she was involved in cutting-edge issues such as blood bank liability for AIDS transmission.

Sheryl earned an M.A. in Psychology in 1997. She earned a J.D. from the University of Houston in 1987. After earning her law degree, she was one of eighteen students selected by the Texas Supreme Court to serve as a briefing attorney for its 1987-88 term. While in law school, she instructed law students in the art of oral advocacy, taught a legal writing course, and tutored law students. As a two-year Executive Board Member of the Advocates, she participated extensively in mock trial and moot court competitions.

She received her B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Communications in 1980. Prior to attending law school, Sheryl worked in advertising and public relations for several years.

A licensed mediator, Sheryl is active in trial associations, and volunteers extensively for various charities.