Elon Law faculty advance scholarship and public service
Members of the faculty at Elon Law published books, participated in conferences, and engaged national and local media on legal current affairs this summer. Some of their activities and achievements are noted in this article.
David Crowe, professor of legal history at Elon Law and professor of history at Elon University, recently presented at the 10th Conference of Central Asia and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China at the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. The invitation-only conference was held at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in Shanghai, scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the SCO.
Elon Law professor and director of the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law Steve Friedland has co-authored the book Techniques for Teaching Law 2, a book designed for law teachers who want to improve their teaching and students' learning.
Elon Law professors Eric Fink, Steve Friedland, Faith Rivers James, Howard Katz, Tom Noble, and Roland Smith presented at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in July. Professors Sonya Garza, Scott Gaylord, Margaret Kantlehner, Mike Rich, and Catherine Wasson served as moderators at the SEALS meeting. Click here for a list of their presentations and the forums they moderated.
Elon law professor Scott Gaylord interviewed with WFMY News 2 and WGHP Fox 8 news to provide analysis of a federal circuit court decision which held that prayers recited in Forsyth County public hearings are unconstitutional. Gaylord’s article, “When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Marsh and Sectarian Legislative Prayer Post-Summum” is forthcoming in the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
Eric Ashley Hairston, associate professor of law and humanities, associate professor of English, and director of the center for law and humanities, authored a chapter in the book, New Essays on Phillis Wheatley, published by The University of Tennessee Press. New The book examines Wheatley’s work with a variety of critical lenses, including Hairston’s analysis of her use of Greek and Latin classical sources. In his chapter, Hairston argues that Wheatley’s use of the classics is philologically sound, politically-charged and foundational in the broader African-American literary tradition.
Elon Law professor David Levine, along with Mark Lemley, the William H. Neukom Professor at Stanford Law School, and David G. Post, professor of law at Temple University School of Law, have authored a letter to members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives to urge them to reject the PROTECT IP Act. The letter, now signed by 108 intellectual property and cyberlaw scholars, was sent to members of Congress on July 6. Levine appeared on WUNC radio’s The State of Things on August 19 to discuss the legislation and its potential impacts on the Internet and society.
Elon Law professor Tom Molony has published an article in the Loyola Law Review applying Catholic Social Thought to the debate over proper guiding principles for corporate governance. Molony’s article explores how Pope Benedict the XVI’s encyclical, Caritas in Vertitate, helps to address the question of whether corporate managers should employ a shareholder wealth maximization norm or a norm that emphasizes social responsibility.
In the Wall Street Journal’s June 18 front page article, “Rogue Informants Imperil Massive U.S. Gang Bust,” Elon Law professor Mike Rich provides insights into police investigatory methods and the use of informants in federal criminal investigations. The article examines federal rules guiding the use of informants in criminal investigations and the impacts that violations of those rules can have in the prosecution of cases involving street gangs. Rich also appeared on WFMY News 2 in August to provide analysis of law enforcement use of cell phone tracking capabilities.