Law School programs benefit from
The Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series opened in September with a program featuring former presidential adviser David Gergen, who serves as chair of the law school advisory board. Henry Frye, former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and Aldona Wos, former U.S. ambassador to Estonia, were also featured during separate programs in the fall.
“Elon recognizes that leadership is a critically important skill for the next generation of lawyers,” says Jim Melvin, president of the Bryan Foundation. “This lecture series will bring nationally recognized leaders to Greensboro to share their stories with Elon students, faculty and the community, initiating important discussions about leadership and its role in the legal profession.”
The lecture series is an important component in the law school’s vision to create a curriculum that stresses leadership as a core value for aspiring lawyers. John Alexander, former president of the Center for Creative Leadership and Elon’s Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership in 2007-2008, is moderating the lecture series in its first year. Guests discuss their career and leadership experience with Alexander in a dialogue format before taking questions from the audience.
The spring 2008 schedule will include former North Carolina governor Jim Hunt; Bonnie McElveen Hunter, chair of the American Red Cross; and Melvin, who served as mayor of Greensboro from 1971 to 1981.
Joseph M. Bryan spent decades as a successful business and community leader in Greensboro, serving as senior vice president of Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Co. and as chairman of the board of Pilot Life Insurance Co. The Bryan Foundation invests in projects that promote economic, cultural and recreational enrichment in the Greensboro community.
A $250,000 estate gift through the Community Foundation of
Greensboro will help establish a symposium series at Elon
University School of Law on the unique legal issues facing
Katherine Goodman Stern has made an additional $100,000 gift to fund the Sidney J. Stern, Jr. Endowed Scholarship at the School of Law. Stern and her daughter, Elon trustee Katherine Stern Weaver, established the scholarship in 2006 with an original gift of $100,000.
Sidney Stern was a longtime Greensboro, N.C., attorney and business, civic and religious leader. Recipients of the scholarship are known as Stern Legal Scholars, and are selected on the basis of integrity, intellect and leadership, qualities that defined Sidney Stern’s life and career.
Katherine Weaver is president of Residence Development Co., and is a trustee on several foundations. She and her husband, Greensboro philanthropist and business leader H. Michael Weaver, are generous supporters of the law school. The law school is housed in the H. Michael Weaver building in downtown Greensboro.
Michael Weaver serves as chairman and Katherine Weaver is a
trustee of the Weaver Foundation, which has made a $100,000
gift to provide funding for The Center for Engaged Learning
in the Law (CELL) at the law school. The Center will promote
the national exchange of ideas and information between law
school faculty about fresh, innovative approaches to teaching
the law. Steve Friedland, senior scholar and professor of law
at Elon, will direct the center.