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Leary DavisLeary Davis, founding dean and professor of law
(336) 279-9201, davislaw@elon.edu

Leary Davis was appointed Founding Dean of Elon University School of Law in March 2005. He left law practice to help found the Campbell University School of Law in 1975 and served as dean there until 1986. Courses he developed and taught during his 30 years at Campbell won numerous awards, and graduates there enjoyed a high passage rate on North Carolina's bar exam. Davis has been actively involved throughout his career in the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and The North Carolina State Bar, in community and statewide civic projects, and in extensive research concerning the state of the legal profession. He was a member of the Governor's Commission on the Future of North Carolina and a founding board member of BarCARES of North Carolina. He is currently a member of the North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism and the American Judicature Society's National Advisory Committee. Find out more about Leary Davis...
Alan WoodliefAlan Woodlief, associate dean for admissions and administration, associate professor of law
(336) 279-9203, awoodlief@elon.edu

Alan Woodlief was named associate dean and director of admissions for the Elon University School of Law in May 2005. He had served as associate dean for admissions at Campbell University's law school since 1999. A 1994 Campbell law graduate, Woodlief joined Campbell's law faculty in 1995, after serving as a research assistant for Associate Justice (later Chief Justice) Henry E. Frye of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Dean Woodlief has taught courses in commercial law, remedies, legal research and writing and appellate advocacy. Woodlief is the author of North Carolina Law of Damages, Fourth Edition, and North Carolina Civil Practice and Procedure, Sixth Edition, both published by Thomson West. He also serves as a Research Associate for the Institute of Government, working with the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the North Carolina Superior Court Judge's Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. Woodlief also serves on the Publications Board of the North Carolina State Bar.
Sharon GaskinSharon Gaskin, assistant dean for admissions
(336) 279-9347, sgaskin@elon.edu

Sharon Gaskin joined Elon after working as a solo practitioner in Greensboro, N.C. Her practice focused on criminal defense, real estate, and personal injury. Gaskin has worked as the Attorney Advocate for the Guilford County Guardian Ad Litem program, and has taught as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at North Carolina A&T State University. She has been recognized for her pro bono work with juveniles. Gaskin works with the Associate Dean for Admissions and the Admissions Committee to evaluate applications for admission. She meets with prospective students to discuss the admissions process and admissions standards. She also travels to graduate and professional school fairs to recruit students. Fluent in French, Gaskin has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a juris doctor from Campbell University.

Margaret KantlehnerMargaret Robison Kantlehner, associate dean for external relations and assistant professor of law
(336) 279-9205, mkantlehner@elon.edu

Margaret Kantlehner will prepare students for internships and full-time employment as part of the school's Office of Professional Recruitment, Development and Placement. She will also coordinate relationships with the school's external publics, including a broad range of volunteer lawyers, mentors and preceptors who will enrich the development of Elon's students and educational program. A former partner in the Greensboro law firm of Johnson, Peddrick, Kantlehner & McDonald, she also has executive experience in business. Kantlehner has chaired the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association, done pro bono legal work for Habitat for Humanity and was a North Carolina Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts. She has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a juris doctor from Campbell University.
Eugenia LeggettEugenia Leggett, associate dean for development
(336) 279-9209, eleggett@elon.edu

Eugenia Leggett oversees fundraising efforts and cultivates relationships with potential donors to build a comprehensive development program for the School of Law. Leggett joins Elon after serving as director of development at the College of Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh since 2001. She had primary responsibility for major gift fundraising and oversaw the college’s alumni program, donor relations, communications and stewardship programs. Leggett served as director of development at Peace College, Raleigh, from 1997 to 2000. She also worked as director of planned and annual giving at Peace from 1995 to 1997. From 1988 to 1995, Leggett worked for the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council in Raleigh and she has served on several boards in the Raleigh community, including The Montessori School of Raleigh, AFP and SAFEchild of Wake County. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from N.C. State University.
 John D. Englar, distinguished practitioner in residence

Englar serves as an advisor to students and faculty members at Elon and teaches courses in international business transactions, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. Until November 2003, Englar served as senior vice president of corporate development and law with Burlington Industries, Inc. He held several key executive leadership positions with the company during his 25-year career. In addition to his roles as chief financial officer and general counsel, Englar served on the Board of Directors from 1990 to 2003 and chaired the investment committee. Before joining Burlington, Englar was an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell in the firm's New York and Paris offices. Englar comes to Elon after serving as executive coach in residence at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He continues as executive in residence at the Bryan School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Englar graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke in 1969, where he also served on the editorial board of the law review and earned a law degree in 1972. He holds a finance certificate from the Advanced Management Programs at Harvard Business School and a general management certificate from the Fuqua School of Business.
Jim ExumJames G. Exum Jr., distinguished jurist in residence
(336) 279-9270, jexum@elon.edu

As Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Jim Exum is a resource for students and faculty. He will help structure the appellate practice instruction and teach courses such as 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. He also writes briefs and makes oral arguments before appellate and trial courts on legal issues. Exum has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and a law degree from New York University. He began his career in Greensboro in 1961 with Smith Moore Smith Schell & Hunter. He was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1967 and that same year began service as Resident Superior Court Judge of Guilford County, holding that position until being elected to the state Supreme Court in 1974. During his service with the Supreme Court, Exum wrote 402 opinions for the court and 208 concurring or dissenting opinions. As a lawyer, he has participated in more than 40 appeals in state and federal appellate courts.

Bonnie McAlister
Bonnie McAlister, executive coach in residence
(336) 279-9212, bmcalister2@elon.edu

Bonnie McAlister works with Elon law students in the areas of leadership development and communications. She comes to Elon following distinguished teaching careers at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Davidson College. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at CCL and in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an experienced communications consultant to businesses and organizations. She has taught seminars nationwide for nearly 30 years, specializing in leadership, speaking, interviewing and presentation skills. McAlister has a long history of civic involvement in Greensboro, serving on various boards for Bank of America, Greensboro College, Guilford College, UNCG, United Way and the Women's Professional Forum. McAlister has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree in speech communications from UNCG.


Catherine Ross Dunham, associate professor of law, director of Trial Practice Program
(336) 279-9241, cdunham@elon.edu

Dunham came to Elon from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she compiled and analyzed research exploring social psychology and legal education. In addition to authoring publications in the area of legal education, Dunham's scholarly interests include procedural due process and gender equality. At Elon, Dunham teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Civil Litigation, Pre-trial Litigation and other courses in the Trial Practice Program. Dunham also serves as faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in regional and national programs.

Before coming to Elon, Dunham served as director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and assistant professor of law at Campbell University School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Sidney S. Eagles Jr., at the North Carolina Court of Appeals before practicing law, representing clients in trial and appellate litigation in both North Carolina and federal courts. In 2003, she received the American Bar Association's E. Smythe Gambrell Award for teaching professionalism. Dunham has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a juris doctor from Campbell University and a master of laws from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Eric FinkEric Fink, associate professor of law
(336) 279-9334, efink@elon.edu

Eric Fink comes to Elon after practicing law with Leonard Carder LLP in Oakland, Calif. Previously, he served as a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he taught legal research and writing from 2004 to 2006. He has also taught at St. Joseph’s University, University of Chicago and The Anglo-American College in the Czech Republic. He has also practiced law with several firms in Philadelphia, concentrating on labor and employment law and civil litigation. Fink's research focuses on law and lawyering as social institution and social practice. His current projects include work on appellate review of administrative decisions in asylum cases, regulation of recreational fishing and hunting, online social networking among law students, and the social organization of the union-side labor law bar. He has a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in sociology from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from New York University School of Law, and was formerly a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Chicago.

Steven FriedlandSteven Friedland, professor of law
(336) 279-9224, sfriedland2@elon.edu

Steven Friedland comes to Elon from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he has been a professor of law for 20 years. At NSU he was awarded various teaching honors, including several law school "teacher of the year" awards and one university-wide honor. He has taught at law schools across the southeast, including the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University and the University of Miami. While in practice, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. A co-author of two books published by Carolina Academic Press, "Techniques For Teaching Law" and "Teaching the Law School Curriculum," he is a national leader and frequent speaker and consultant on improving law school teaching, including the establishment of law schools in Japan. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Law School Teaching and has directed NSU's Guardian Ad Litem and Street Law programs. Friedland has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, and a master of laws and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Columbia Law School, where he was also a Dollard Fellow in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry.
Scott GaylordScott Gaylord, associate professor of law
(336) 279-9331, sgaylord@elon.edu

Scott Gaylord practiced with the Charlotte, N.C. firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson before joining Elon Law. During seven years with the firm, Gaylord handled complex civil and commercial litigation involving breach of contract, unfair trade practice, bankruptcy and appellate work in both state and federal courts. He served as a law clerk to Judge Edith Jones on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Houston from 1999 to 2000, working on a wide range of legal issues, including various constitutional amendments and the Bankruptcy Code.

Gaylord began his teaching career in 1990 as a teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award. He has served as a teaching assistant and research assistant at University of Notre Dame Law School, and as assistant professor at Ave Maria School of Law.Gaylord received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he was a member of the law review and received the Dean Joseph O’Meara Award as salutatorian.

Helen GrantHelen Grant, professor of law
(336) 279-9234, hgrant2@elon.edu

Helen Grant joins the Elon faculty from the Indiana University Law School - Indianapolis, and the University of Louisville (Ky.), where she was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. A native of Australia, Grant was a member of the law faculty for 11 years at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, where she received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. In legal practice, she was the presiding legal member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in Brisbane, and also spent two years as a legal officer in the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Brisbane, investigating cases of official corruption and prosecuting government officials. Grant has bachelor's and master's degrees from the Queensland University of Technology and a doctorate in law from the University of Queensland.
George R. Johnson George R. Johnson Jr., professor of law, associate dean for academic affairs
(336) 279-9237, gjohnson8@elon.edu

George R. Johnson Jr., formerly served six years as president of LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tenn. He also has been academic dean and professor of law at Howard University in Washington, D.C. From 1979 to 1981, he worked in the Carter administration as assistant general counsel in the Executive Office of the President. He also served as assistant counsel to the Committee on Banking, Finance & Urban Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to Howard, he has taught at George Mason University. He has spent the past four years in Washington, practicing law and serving as a consultant to colleges and universities. Johnson has also served on the boards of trustees/directors of Amherst College, the United Negro College Fund, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Economic Club of Memphis, and Universal Life Insurance Company. Johnson has a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a juris doctor from Columbia University.
Jeffrey Kinsler Jeffrey Kinsler, professor of law
(336) 279-9346, jkinsler@elon.edu

Prior to joining the Elon faculty, Jeffrey Kinsler was dean of Appalachian School of Law, which he led to full ABA approval during his tenure. The winner of numerous teaching awards, he has taught at Valparaiso University School of Law, the University of Denver College of Law, the University of Tennessee College of Law and Marquette University Law School in the United States. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Queensland and has taught at the University of Sydney and Griffith University, all in Australia. Kinsler was a partner with Katten, Muchin & Zavis in Chicago, where he also practiced with Mayer, Brown & Platt. A member of the Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois and Wisconsin bars, he has co-authored eight books and has published numerous law review articles. He obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from Ball State University, graduated first in his class at Valparaiso University School of Law and obtained a master of laws degree from Yale Law School.
Don PetersDon Peters,professor of law
(336) 279-9238, dpeters2@elon.edu

Don Peters has taught for 32 years at the University of Florida, where he is a professor of law and director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution and director of the Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinics. He has served as a visiting faculty member at universities in Jordan, Australia and Malaysia as well as the University of Iowa, the University of Alabama and the University of Colorado. He has also been a legal consultant in South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Poland, Israel, the Republic of China, Haiti, Jordan, Australia and India. After receiving a senior Fulbright Hays award as visiting professor with the law faculty at the University of Malaya, he developed and co-taught the first clinical lawyering skills course in Southeast Asia. Peters, who has received an award for excellence and innovation in teaching at Florida, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a juris doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Marty PetersMartha Peters, professor of legal education
(336) 279-9240, mpeters3@elon.edu

Martha Peters joins the Elon faculty from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she has directed the Academic Achievement Program for the last seven years. Previously, Peters developed and directed the Law Student Resource Program at the University of Florida. She has led numerous workshops and given conference presentations around the world on best practices in legal education and ways to support students, reduce stress, and promote their success in law school. She is a two-time winner of the Clara Gehan Award for the Advancement of Women's Issues presented by the Law Association for Women and recipient of an outstanding service award from the Black Law Students' Association. Peters has a bachelor's degree from Mary Baldwin College, a master's and doctorate in educational psychology and an educational specialist degree in counselor education from the University of Florida.
Faith RiversFaith Rivers, associate professor of law
(336) 279-9332, frivers@elon.edu

Faith Rivers taught courses in property and administrative law, nonprofit organizations and legislation at Vermont Law School, where she served as associate professor since July 2005. She was a fellow at the Land Use Institute and was awarded the David Stevenson Faculty Fellowship for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies. She served as a visiting assistant professor at University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005 and taught in the master’s in public administration program as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina from 1999 to 2002.

Rivers served as executive director of the South Carolina Bar Foundation from 1998 to 2004. The foundation manages the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program and supports law-related philanthropy. Rivers served as president of the National Association of IOLTA Programs from 2003 to 2004 and served on the board of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. Rivers has experience on Capitol Hill, working as counsel and senior policy advisor to Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt from 1993 to 1996. Previously, she was an associate in the public law and policy section of the Washington, D.C. firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld from 1990 to 1993. Rivers has done extensive research on African American property ownership. She was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in Charleston, S.C., and serves on the American Bar Association Property Preservation Task Force. Her article, “The Public Trust Debate: Implication for Heirs’ Property Along the Gullah Coast,” was recently published in the Fall 2006 Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. Rivers received a bachelor’s degree in government and sociology from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

 Victor StreibVictor Streib, visiting professor of law
(336) 279-9353, vstreib@elon.edu

Victor Streib is a noted national authority on the death penalty and its application to women and juveniles. He is a prolific author with more than 300 books, book chapters, articles and papers. His work has been cited 28 times in U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Streib has served as appellate counsel in several death penalty cases involving juveniles, including Thompson v. Oklahoma, the landmark 1988 case that established a Constitutional minimum age of 16 for the death penalty. He has testified before Congressional committees and as an expert witness in death penalty trials nationally. Frequently sought for media interviews, Streib has been quoted on violent crime and the death penalty in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Time magazine. He has also appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes, CNN's Larry King Live and NBC's Today Show.

Streib has taught and served as dean at Ohio Northern University College of Law. He has also taught at Indiana University, Cleveland State University and New England School of Law. Streib earned a law degree from Indiana University at Bloomington and a bachelor's degree from Auburn University.

Cheryl CunninghamCheryl Cunningham, adjunct professor of law
(336) 279-9370, ccunningham3@elon.edu

Cheryl Cunningham has served as adjunct professor of government and American history at High Point University since 2005. She previously taught history and constitutional law and served as dean of students at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, La., from 1999 to 2005, where she chaired the strategic planning committee and served on the board of trustees.

Cunningham was a litigation attorney with Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans from 1986 to 1999, representing vehicle manufacturers in disputes with their dealers before the Louisiana Motor Vehicles Commission. She also published articles on developments in oil and gas law in the Loyola Law Review Fifth Circuit Symposium. Cunningham received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in history from the University of New Orleans, and a law degree from Loyola University School of Law, where she was a member of the law review.

 Jack Hicks, adjunct professor of law
(336) 279-9368, jhicks7@elon.edu

Jack Hicks, a licensed patent attorney with the Greensboro firm of Womble Carlyle, teaches the Intellectual Property Law course at Elon. 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.

Hicks counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including those involving the general mechanical, electro-mechanical, manufacturing processes, chemical and "business methods" arts. Specific industries in which Hicks is active include pharmaceuticals, electronics, banking, computer software and telecommunications. He earned a law degree in 1987 from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1979.
Thomas NobleThomas Noble, adjunct professor of law
(336) 279-9369, tnoble@elon.edu

Thomas Noble joins the Elon law faculty after working with the Greensboro firm of Tuggle Duggins & Meschan, P.A., since 2004, where he concentrated on commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. From 2001 to 2004, Noble was a litigation associate with Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, in Chicago, where his practice focused on general business and appellate litigation, primarily involving contract and partnership disputes, professional liability defense, real estate litigation, and consumer fraud and warranty actions. Prior to law school, Noble worked as a litigation and labor and employment legal assistant with Morrison & Foerster LLP, spending time in the firm's Palo Alto, San Francisco and Tokyo offices.

Noble received his law degree in 2001 from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a three-time recipient of Dean's Honors. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies.

James RoaneJames Roane, adjunct professor of law

James Roane is the practice group leader for Litigation and Nursing Home Units with the law firm of Crumley & Associates. Roane serves on the Guilford County Nursing Home Advisory Committee and was recently named to the Young Guns list of top attorneys under age 40 by Business North Carolina magazine. He is an officer of the Nursing Home Division of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. Roane earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a law degree from Wake Forest University.
Melanie Tuttle Melanie S. Tuttle, adjunct professor of law

Melanie Tuttle practices law in the Greensboro offices of Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston. Her practice focuses on securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, general corporate and employment law. She has served on the Legal Opinion Committee of the Business Law Section of the N.C. Bar Association. Tuttle clerked for Judge Ruggero J. Aldisert of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1983 to 1985. She earned a law degree from The University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the law review. Tuttle earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Administrative Staff

Karlan BarkerKarlan Barker, assistant to the dean
(336) 279-9204, kbarker5@elon.edu
Meg JordanMeg Jordan, admissions counselor and law school assistant
(336) 279-9202, mjordan2@elon.edu
Sue SinclairSue Sinclair, administrative assistant - Office of External Relations
(336) 279-9207, ssinclair@elon.edu