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South Carolina law alumni spotlight

Elon Law alumni are making a difference for their clients and communities in South Carolina, including three Elon Law lawyer-leaders profiled here: James Knox L’11, Chantelle Neese L’13 and John Warren L’13.

Elon Law alumnus James Knox L'11, staff attorney for the South Carolina Association of Counties in Columbia, S.C.

James F. Knox, Elon Law Class of 2011

Staff Attorney, S.C. Association of Counties, Columbia, S.C.

Undergrad: The Citadel

Military Experience:

  • Operation New Dawn Combat Deployment, Iraq, Kuwait, 2011-2012
  • S.C. Army National Guard, McEntire Airbase, Eastover, S.C., 2005-2013

Honors & Activities:

  • Elections Committee appointee
  • Elon Law Running Club
  • Innocence Project


“We provide a host of services to the counties in South Carolina. I take pride in the fact that by enabling and building stronger counties, we are building a stronger state that will benefit its citizens.”

“Critical thinking and analysis are the most important skills I gained while at Elon Law.”


“Professor Friedland had a way of simplifying complex legal concepts and explaining them through practical examples and he always had a great way of keeping his students engaged.”


  • Richland County CASA, advocating for children referred by the Family Court
  • American Cancer Society volunteer driver
  • S.C. Bar Exam mentor for Elon Law
  • Project HELP
  • Traveling, running, playing guitar and hunting

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Elon Law alumna Chantelle Neese L'13, associate attorney, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Columbia, S.C.

Chantelle Neese, Elon Law Class of 2013

Associate Attorney, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Columbia, S.C.

Undergrad: University of South Carolina

Elon Law in three words: "Innovation, Professionalism, Leadership"

Honors & Activities:

  • First Place, Elon Law Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Editorial Board Member, Elon Law Review
  • Leadership Fellow
  • Honor Council


  • Law Clerk, Simmons Law Firm, Columbia, S.C.
  • Extern, N.C. Business Court, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Law Clerk, Nexsen Pruet, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Student Clerk, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of S.C., Conway, S.C. 


“Practicing in South Carolina, I value most the opportunity to engage and work alongside qualified, passionate and respected lawyers.”
“The ‘Elon Law Advantage’ for my career has been the legal education I obtained while simultaneously enhancing my personal, professional and leadership skills.”
“Through classroom engagement, moot court and legal writing courses, I learned to thoughtfully engage ‘on my feet,’ an experience that has had tremendous value in my law practice.”


  • Volunteering to help families secure guardianship of relatives
  • Aiding first responders through Wills for Heroes


Biking, camping, cooking and community engagement

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Elon Law alumnus John Warren L'13, attorney, Simmons Law Firm, Columbia, S.C. 

John L. Warren III, Elon Law Class of 2013

Attorney, Simmons Law Firm, Columbia, S.C. 

Previously: Judicial Clerk, Justice John W. Kittredge, South Carolina Supreme Court, Columbia, S.C.

Undergrad: University of South Carolina
Elon Law in three words: "Endless opportunities abound"

Honors & Activities:

  • Regional Semifinalist, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Editorial Board Member, Elon Law Review
  • Founder and President, American Constitution Society
  • Co-founder, Society for Health Law & Bioethics


  • Research Assistant, Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo
  • Author, “Holding the Bench Accountable: Judges Qua Representatives,” Washington University Jurisprudence Review, 2014
  • Author: “Tale of Two Andersons: Anderson v. South Carolina Election Commission and Anderson v. Celebrezze—An Examination of the Constitutionality of Section 8-13-1356 of the South Carolina Code of Laws Following the 2012 Primary Ballot Access Controversy,” Elon Law Review, 2013


“The South Carolina Bar is small and closely knit. I enjoy getting to know the lawyers that practice in the same areas of law that I do and building relationships that will help to achieve just and fair resolutions of cases in the future.”

“My favorite experience during law school was, without a doubt, Moot Court.”

“Elon is a small school that provides a vast array of resources for every student. The professors are brilliant, the facilities are fantastic and the administration really cares about the success of its students.”

“The day that most people walk into a lawyer's office is often one of the most difficult days of their lives. I enjoy being able to help individuals resolve their disputes so that they may move on with their lives.”

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Philip Craft,
8/20/2015 4:15 PM