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Elon Law adjunct faculty and preceptors selected as “Super Lawyers” by national magazine

Elon Law's Distinguished Jurist in Residence James G. Exum, Jr., together with seven members of Elon Law's adjunct faculty and seven attorneys who serve in an advisory capacity at the law school were recently named among the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers of 2010 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Joining Exum, who is also a member of the Elon Law Advisory Board, the following adjunct faculty members at Elon Law were selected as Super Lawyers:

  • Rayford K. Adams III
  • James R. Fox
  • R. Harper Heckman
  • M. Gordon Widenhouse, Jr.
  • Barbara R. Morgenstern
  • Jeremy L. McKinney
  • Jack Hicks

A brief biography about each individual is provided below.

Additionally, several lawyers who have volunteered regularly at Elon Law, particularly through the Preceptor Program, were selected as Super Lawyers, including:

Doris Bray (former preceptor), Locke Clifford (former preceptor), Jeffry Davis (frequent speaker and panelist with Elon Law’s Career Services office), Christine Myatt (frequent speaker and panelist with Elon Law's Career Services office), Kenneth Gumbiner (former preceptor), A. Holt Gwyn (preceptor) and Fred Hamlet (preceptor).

In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Biographical information for Elon Law's Distinguished Jurist in Residence and adjunct faculty named Super Lawyers of 2010:

James G. Exum, Jr.
As Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Exum is a resource for Elon Law students and faculty. He helps structure the law school's appellate practice instruction and teaches courses such as evidence, judicial process, legal skills, professional responsibility and legal ethics. Exum, an attorney at Smith Moore LLP in Greensboro, served on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1974 to 1994, and was Chief Justice from 1986 to 1994. He currently leads his firm's appellate practice group, supervising and assisting lawyers with all aspects of appeals in state and federal courts. Exum also participates in Elon Law’s preceptor program.

Rayford “Trip” Adams III
Adams, an attorney at Higgins Benjamin Eagles & Adams in Greensboro, currently teaches a course in Bankruptcy Law. Since 2006, Adams has been an integral part of Elon’s preceptor program. In addition to work in bankruptcy law, Adams also concentrates in commercial litigation and corporate law.

James R. Fox
Fox has spent over thirty years practicing in the areas of commercial and securities litigation, arbitration and mediation, and general business law. Fox serves as in house counsel for Pike Industries and is of counsel for the law firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem and was recently included in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation.

Harper Heckman
An attorney at Nexsen Pruet in Greensboro, Adams is a five-time North Carolina "Super Lawyer" for Construction Law. Heckman practices in the areas of lien, bond, construction law and civil litigation and is the Chair of the firm's Construction Practice Group. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

M. Gordon Widenhouse
Widenhouse focuses primarily on civil and criminal appellate litigation in federal and state courts, on post-conviction practice, and on criminal defense litigation with the firm of Rudolf Widenhouse & Fialko in Chapel Hill, where he has been a partner since 1998. Widenhouse, a former Assistant Appellate Defender and Assistant Federal Public Defender, has been involved in more than 500 appeals in various courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Barbara Morgenstern
Morgenstern, a five-time North Carolina "Super Lawyer,” teaches courses in family law and North Carolina Family Law Practice at Elon Law, and participates in the school’s preceptor program. Before forming her own firm in 1993, Morgenstern served as an associate with the law firm of Hill, Evans, Duncan, Jordan & Davis, P.L.L.C. in Greensboro. Morgenstern's practice is limited solely to family law. Morgenstern has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and of the Family Law Section of the Greensboro Bar Association. She served as Chair of the Newsletter Committee of the Family Law Section for four years, and as a member of its Long-Range Planning Committee, Alimony Subcommittee, and Bench-Bar Committee.

Jeremy McKinney
An attorney at McKinney & Justice in Greensboro, McKinney practices exclusively in the area of Immigration and Naturalization and is a North Carolina Board Certified Immigration Law Specialist. McKinney is the current Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Carolinas Chapter, and is a member of AILA's Amicus and USCIS Ombudsman Liaison Committees. He teaches Immigration Law at Elon Law. From 2002-2008, he served on the North Carolina State Bar's Specialization Committee.

Jack Hicks
A licensed patent attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Hicks has significant experience in counseling clients in all areas of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. A substantial portion of his practice includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications, as well as litigation in various jurisdictions and forums. Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Hicks teaches Intellectual Property Law at Elon Law and participates in the school’s preceptor program.

Click here for details about Elon Law's preceptor program.

For more information on Super Lawyers magazine and its selection process, please visit: http://www.superlawyers.com.

By Danielle Appelman, L'12










Philip Craft,
3/3/2010 9:35 AM