Preceptors acknowledged for service during 2011-’12 academic year
The Elon Law preceptor program provides students with a unique opportunity to engage with members of the legal community. The program pairs first-year law students with attorneys who volunteer to serve as mentors and coaches.
“Preceptors occupy a position of distinction at the law school,” said Margaret Kantlehner, associate professor and director of the preceptor program, in a Bloomberg Law Reports article she authored this year about Elon Law’s Preceptor Program.
Nearly 50 attorneys from a wide range of practice areas served as preceptors this year. Preceptors observe and discuss their students’ participation in law classes each semester and meet with them on a regular basis.
Law student Aminata Ba ‘14 described her preceptor experience as a valuable asset to her law school education. Ba and two classmates were assigned to preceptor Kelly Robinson, an associate attorney with MacCord Mason PLLC. Ba and Robinson met multiple times throughout the semester for coffee and trips to Robinson’s law firm.
Many preceptors use meetings with students as an opportunity to introduce them to the legal field. Observing trials together, meeting for lunch, touring law firms and introducing students to co-workers are all common activities students report participating in with their preceptors.
Katherine Koone ‘14 said the mentoring relationship she developed with her preceptor, Richard Gabriel, an attorney with Gabriel Berry Weston & Wells, L.L.P., was helpful in her search for a summer job.
“Mr. Gabriel was a great resource for applying for summer internships and I was honored for him to be a reference on my behalf,” Koone said. “You never know what networking with your preceptor can hold, an internship or possibly a job.”
Though preceptors are assigned randomly, Ba said that it is easy for students who are willing to reach out and ask questions to connect with their preceptors.
“Even if your preceptor is not in the area of law you're considering, they probably know someone who is and they all have good advice,” Ba said. “Use your resources. If you have a preceptor who is willing to meet and talk with you, use them.”
Beyond the benefit to law students, preceptors also benefit from participating in preceptor program. Preceptors have an opportunity to engage with future colleagues and teach them about aspects of the legal profession that may not be covered in the classroom - such as the practical aspects of law firm operations or the importance of participating in a local bar association. Becoming a preceptor also allows attorneys to develop ties with the law school, network with faculty and other professionals and attend law school functions with guest speakers.
Elon Law would like to acknowledge the following practitioners for their service as preceptors during the 2011-2012 academic year:
|Stephanie Anderson||Adam Marshall|
|Jason Aycoth '09||Michael T. Marshall|
|Ashley Bennington||Larry I. Moore|
|Jeffr Berman||John Morgan|
|Deborah Bowers||Michael Newell|
|Brenton Boyce||Jennifer Noble|
|Rebecca Branz '10||Janna Nugent|
|Bernie Brown '10||Sean Olson '09|
|Melanie Crenshaw '09||Abigail Peoples|
|Mark Cummings||Rick Pinto|
|Camilla DeBoard||Marsh Prause|
|Daniel L. Donovan '09||Jenny Reutter '10|
|Bill Eagles||Sarah H. Roane|
|Richard W. Gabriel||Kelly B. Robinson '09|
|Scott C. Gayle||Lewis Rowell|
|Angela Gray||Stephen M. Russell|
|Fred T. Hamlet||Karen McKeithen Schaede|
|Eloise M. Hassell||Gerald S. Schafer|
|Lora Howard '10||Kerri Sigler '09|
|Kenneth R. Keller||Jason Sparrow|
|Doug Koenig||Brian Starrett|
|Jennifer Adams Ledford||Lawrence R. Stoehr|
|Michelle Adams Ledford||Jonathan Wall|
|Richard Manger||Robyn R.C. Whitman|
By Courtney Roller L’13