2013 Annual Report - Honoring Donors

The following articles are part of Elon Law's 2013 annual report. A print version of the Honor Donors section of the report is available here.


Jim Melvin, left, receives a crystal gavel from Elon president Leo M. LambertElon University President Leo M. Lambert led an August 7, 2012 ceremony recognizing The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation’s support for Elon Law totaling more than $8 million.

Photo information: Elon University President Leo M. Lambert, right, presents Jim Melvin, President of The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, with a crystal gavel recognizing the Foundation’s major gifts in support of the law school.

The ceremony included an announcement of The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation’s most recent gift to Elon, the title to the 84,000 square foot H. Michael Weaver Building (Elon Law’s primary facility at 201 North Greene Street in downtown Greensboro) valued at more than $2 million. 

“The support of The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation was foundational to the creation of Elon University School of Law and continues to be crucial to the development of the law school as a national model of engaged learning in legal education,” said Lambert. “Elon is grateful for the enduring vision of Mr. Bryan, to Jim Melvin for his leadership and to the board of directors of The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation for their unflagging support. Elon University School of Law is exactly where it needs to be in downtown Greensboro, and we are delighted today to be able to call this building home.”

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Elon Law is grateful to those who have created endowed scholarships for well-qualified students. Three groups of donors, with a student recipient of their named scholarship, are pictured below.

The Joy B. Davis Endowed Scholarship

Joy and Leary Davis with law student Jennifer MickleJennifer Mickle L’13, center, with Leary Davis, Founding Dean and Professor of Law Emeritus, and Joy Davis.

The Donald and Lucy Dancer Endowed Scholarship

Don and Lucy Dancer with Elon Law student Janison Dillon

Janison Dillon L’13, center, with Don and Lucy Dancer.
Mr. Dancer is a member of Elon's Law School Advisory Board and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Elon Law.

The Banks Arendell Scholarship

Helen Ellington and law student Kelly Ayre

Kelly Ayre L’13, right, with Helen Ellington, a longtime staff member and donor within the Elon University community, who with her husband Robert Ellington established the Banks Arendell Scholarship in honor of Ms. Ellington’s father, a Raleigh, N.C. attorney who served with distinction from 1924 through the mid-1960s.


The Elon Law community wishes to express gratitude to the many attorneys, judges and other professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to enrich the educational experience of Elon Law students.


Elon Law’s Preceptor Program connects attorneys with students in a mentoring relationship that emphasizes business and professional dimensions of law. Preceptors invite students to accompany them to observe trials, client interviews, depositions, mediations and other facets of law practice. Students receive advice and guidance about the profession from the moment they enter law school. The faculty, students and alumni of Elon Law extend their gratitude to the following lawyers who served as preceptors during the 2012–13 academic year.

Louis C. Allen
Brian Baker*
Ashley Bennington
Jeff Berman
Deborah Bowers
Rebecca Branz*
Bernie Brown*
Richard A. Craig
Jeffrey M. Davis
Camilla DeBoard*
Daniel L. Donovan*
John A. Duberstein
William A. Eagles
Justin Enecks*
Justin Ervin*
Greg Evans*
Richard W. Gabriel
Scott C. Gayle
Angela Newell Gray
Kenneth Gumbiner
Fred T. Hamlet
Eloise McCain Hassell
Lora Howard*
Ronnie Ingle
Kenneth Keller
Thomas Kobrin
Doug Koenig
Kenneth Kopf
Patricia Kovacevic
Erin Leach*
Jennifer Adams Ledford 
?Jim Lester
Michael T. Marshall
Adam Marshall
Joseph Milam
Larry I. Moore
Michael Munro*
Janna Nugent
Christina Freeman Pearsall
Rick Pinto
Jeremy Ray*
Jenny Reutter*
Eric A. Richardson
Sarah H. Roane
Lewis Rowell
Steve Russell
Karen McKeithen Schaede
Kerri Sigler*
Jenny Sweet*
Jonathan Wall
John Watson*
Robyn R. C. Whitman
Enyonam Kpeglo Williams

* Elon Law alumnus

Center for Professional Development forum participants

Each year, the Center for Professional Development (CPD) at Elon Law organizes forums designed to provide law students with expert insights into the legal profession, networking, career planning and professional development. The Elon Law community is grateful for the time and insights offered by the following attorneys, judges and business professionals who volunteered their time as panelists for CPD forums during the 2012–13 academic year.

Adam Arthur*
Afi Johnson-Parris
Ashley Bennington
Benjamin Klein*
Brett Moore*
Dan Nash*
Grant Sigmon*
Lee Hawley
Bernard “Bernie” Brown*
David Levine**
Kelly Brooks Robinson*
Rebecca Cage
Brian Wise
Frankie Jones
Paula Wells
Justin R. Ervin, III.*
Camilla DeBoard*
Jeb Brooks*
Polly Sizemore
Rachael DiMont*
Sonny Haynes
Charles T. Hagan III
Iain MacSween
Laura Deddish Burton
Christy Myatt
D. Erik Albright
Danny Mackey
David Maraghy**
Vernon E. Inge
Elizabeth Bilcheck
Jack B. Bayliss
Karen M. Schaede
Tim Peck
Jeffrey M. Davis
Bryan Starrett
Eric Fink**
Jonathan Wall
Joyce Brafford
Patrick Brown
Ken Hammer
Marvin Genzer
Teresa Artis
Lawrence Egerton
The Hon. Thomas Lambros
The Hon. James Exum**
The Hon. Robert N. Hunter, Jr.
The Hon. William L. Osteen, Jr.
The Hon. James Gale
The Hon. Susan E. Bray
The Hon. Tanya T. Wallace
The Hon. Teresa H. Vincent
The Hon. Wanda G. Bryant
The Hon. Lucy Inman
Alan Woodlief**
Patricia Kovacevic
Daniel Donovan*
Eloise Hassell
Benjamin Snyder*
Robert Cane
Miriam Heard*
Georgi Yonuschot
Renee Gabriel-Alford
Don Dancer**
David Wilkerson

* Elon Law alumnus                  ** Elon Law faculty member

2013 Class Gift enhances student lounge and study area

The Class of 2013 selected for its Class Gift the establishment of a significantly-enhanced student lounge area, increasing collaborative space for cur- rent and future students. “We hope our gift will create an inviting space for future law students, conducive to studying and interacting with fellow students,” said the 2013 Class Gift Committee in a statement. The 2013 Class Gift Committee was comprised of: Chris Bell, Susan Brown, Sherea Burnett, Janison Dillon (Chair), Katie Everhart, Colleen Forcina and John Warren.

100 percent of faculty and staff make gifts to law school

Every member of the faculty and staff at Elon University School of Law contributed to the Law School Faculty and Staff Campaign for the fourth consecutive year during the 2012–13 academic year. These gifts helped to raise substantial funds for law student scholarships. Eugenia Leggett, associate dean for development at Elon Law, said the breadth of financial contributions from faculty and staff to the annual fund was evidence of broad support within the institution for the law school’s mission. The total amount contributed by law school faculty and staff to the campaign reached a record level in 2013. 

Drive to 25: Alumni step forward and give back

Dean George R. Johnson, Jr. and the faculty, staff and students of Elon Law appreciate the support of alumni who contributed to the school’s 2012–13 Drive to 25. Annual giving to the law school supports student scholarships, and alumni participation is critical. This year’s goal was 25 percent overall alumni participation, thus the theme Drive to 25.

Sarah Lucente L’09, the Elon Law Alumni Association’s campaign chair for the Drive to 25, said this year’s campaign was a great success. “We were proud to achieve our alumni participation goals this year and we appreciate all the alumni who supported the campaign,” Lucente said. “Elon Law alumni are excelling professionally, leading in their communities and contributing to an important legacy in legal education and law by supporting Elon’s annual scholarship fund. Together we did it!”

View the 2012–13 DRIVE TO 25 Honor Roll of Donors

Your participation matters. Donors to the law school are recognized annually in Elon Law’s online and print Honor Roll of Donors. The 2013–14 alumni giving campaign has begun. Alumni are encouraged to contribute to this year’s DRIVE to 25 at elon.edu/MakeaGift. Be sure to designate your gift to “School of Law” and note “DRIVE to 25” in the Additional Comments section.

MAKE A DONATION TODAY. Let’s drive beyond 25!

Thank You To All Elon Law Alumni
who generously gave back to help make a difference.