2013 Annual Report - News Briefs

The following news briefs are part of Elon Law's 2013 annual report. A print version of the news briefs, with an opening message from law school dean George R. Johnson. Jr., is available here.


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Leadership Program selected for national award

Elon Law’s Leadership Program was recognized with a 2013 American Bar Association E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award in August. The award honors excellence and innovation in professionalism programs by law schools, bar associations, professionalism commissions and other law-related organizations.

“In honoring your program with the leading national award recognizing excellence in legal professionalism programming, the committee has found the Elon Leadership Program to be worthy of emulation by law schools across the nation,” said Frederic S. Ury, chair of the ABA’s standing committee on professionalism. “Leadership is a precious and essential commodity within the bar and society in these challenging times, and Elon is to be commended for its innovative, impressive and committed approach to cultivating and encouraging leadership qualities among its students.” 

Business Fellows program launched

Elon Law Business Fellows 2013 cohortThe Business Fellows program will provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to become exceptional business attorneys. Integrated across three years, the program includes a scholarship, a core curriculum of business courses, a funded externship in a business setting, recurring business law roundtables with senior business executives and opportunities to counsel businesses through partnerships with small business incubators.

“In a business environment, lawyers serve as key strategic partners in helping a client solve problems and develop creative approaches to achieving their business goals,” said Maureen K. O’Connor, a member of Elon’s Law School Advisory Board and the chief innovation and strategy officer, and former general counsel, of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. “Having a strong understanding of business issues will set a lawyer apart in a competitive legal market.” 

The inaugural cohort of Business Fellows at Elon Law are pictured above, from left, Sean Walton L’16, Timothy Prosky L’15, Katherine Lester L’15, Chad Archer L’15, Benjamin McKaig L’16 and Adam Kindley L’15.

Elon establishes JD/MBA program

The program offered by Elon Law and the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University enables students to earn JD and MBA degrees in four years, at lower cost, rather than the standard five years required to earn such degrees. Students in the JD/MBA program will benefit from the law school’s innovative approach to legal education, including its nationally recognized attorney mentoring program, as well as the strengths of Elon’s MBA program, ranked the #1 part-time MBA program in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek

Expanded externship program

Elon Law’s new Semester-in-Practice Externship Program allows students to participate in a full-time, semester-long externship in nonprofit or government offices nationally or internationally. The new In-House Counsel Externship Program enables law students to work in the offices of corporate counsel at for-profit organizations. Both programs enable students to obtain extensive professional legal experience while earning academic credit under the supervision of law school faculty. These programs build on the law school’s existing externship program, which offers students numerous placement opportunities in dozens of nonprofit organizations and state executive, legislative and judicial branch offices in North Carolina and other states and countries.

Elon Law Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Andy HaileAndrew Haile appointed academic dean

Andrew J. Haile has been named associate dean of academic affairs at Elon Law. Since joining the law faculty full time in June 2008, Haile has taught business and tax law courses and written about tax policy, state and local tax issues and e-commerce. His research has been published in several law journals and national tax law publications including Cardozo Law Review, Columbia Journal of Tax Law, North Carolina Law Review, Temple Law Review, University of Toledo Law Review and State Tax Notes.

“Andrew Haile will bring great intellect, experience, insight and energy to the academic dean position,” Dean George R. Johnson, Jr. said. “His passion for teaching, scholarship and service, his collegiality and his commitment to student success will be driving forces behind Elon’s continued advancement as a law school of excellence and innovation.”

Prior to joining Elon, Haile was a partner with the law firm of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, where he represented clients in mergers and acquisitions as well as matters involving complex tax planning and tax litigation. He served as judicial clerk to Judge Frank W. Bullock Jr., former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Haile received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 2000, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review and was awarded the Order of the Coif. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Davidson College in 1994, where he was named to the college’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Antonette Barilla joins Elon Law as director of academic and bar support & assistant professor of law

Elon Law Professor Antonette BarillaBorn in Italy and fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, Antonette Barilla graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she was the recipient of the President’s Scholar Award. She graduated with honors from Western State College of Law, as well as the University of London, where she obtained her Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Development, her Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Law, and her LLM. She is also an alumna of The Hague Academy of International Law.

As a part of her law practice, Barilla worked in a private firm specializing in estate planning, contract law, trust/corporate administration, immigration, education and juvenile law with a focus on international contracts and business transactions. She brings more than 15 years of teaching experience with her to Elon. As a professor at Western State College of Law, Barilla taught courses in international law, international treaties, international business transactions, legal methods and legal problem solving.

Dedicated to principles of expert learning and best teaching practices in education, Barilla is committed to assisting students in cultivating their learning skills and implementing a results-driven academic and bar support program. 

Marc Bishop and Ronny Lancaster elected to Law School Advisory Board

Elon Law Advisory Board members Marc Bishop and Ronny LancasterMarc D. Bishop, a partner with the law firm of Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP in Greensboro, N.C., and Ronny B. Lancaster, senior vice president for government relations at Assurant Inc. in Washington, D.C., have joined Elon’s Law School Advisory Board.

“We are pleased to welcome these outstanding lawyer-leaders into the Elon community and we look forward to the many contributions they will make to advance Elon University School of Law,” said Dean George R. Johnson, Jr. Bishop and Lancaster join an esteemed group of legal professionals on the board, including David Gergen, former adviser to four United States presidents, Jim Hunt, former North Carolina governor, three former Chief Justices of the N.C. Supreme Court and a past-president of the ABA. 

Anthony Foxx: Polarization is infecting politics

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx with Elon Law Leadership FellowsUnited States Secretary of Transportation and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx delivered Elon Law’s fall 2012 Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture, saying bipartisanship and public-private collaboration are key to solving local and national challenges.

“There is an illness of polarization that has gotten deeply into our politics,” Foxx said. “I don’t think you can answer the question of deficit reduction without someone saying, ‘I will accept what you are asking, but only if you are willing to accept some of what we are seeking.’”

Foxx became the youngest mayor in Charlotte’s history when he was elected in 2009. President Obama nominated Foxx to serve as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation in April. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 100–0 on July 2. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, pictured above at center, and law school dean George R. Johnson, Jr., left, with Leadership Fellows at Elon Law.

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey urges stronger anti-terrorism policies

Former U.S. Attorney General Mukasey with Elon Law students and facultySpeaking at Elon Law in 2013, Michael Mukasey, the 81st Attorney General of the United States, criticized some approaches of the Obama administration regarding intelligence gathering procedures and the prosecution of war criminals.

“Policies pursued in the past by the current administration, and now being pursued, leave us both a lot less capable than we might otherwise be of taking tactical advantage of whatever intelligence we may discover and also less capable than we might be of dealing with the ongoing threat,” Mukasey said. “In fighting Islamism we are handicapped at the strategic level in no small measure by the refusal of those in authority to acknowledge the goals of our adversaries.”

Mukasey served for 18 years as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, including six as chief judge. The second Jewish U.S. Attorney General, Mukasey is a partner at the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, pictured above, third from right, with, from left, N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Edmunds, Jr., Professor Margaret Kantlehner, Elon preceptor and attorney Robert Cone, Mitchell Baroody L’14 and Katherine Koone L’14.

Elon Law Review publishes on terrorism’s impact on criminal justice

Volume 4, Issue 2 of the Elon Law Review examines how the detection, investigation and prosecution of criminal activities has changed since September 11, 2001. The publication includes an article by Keith A. Petty of the Senior Defense Counsel, U.S. Army JAG Corps, who is a former prosecutor at the Guantanamo Bay Military Commission. Petty’s article, “A Different Kind of Criminal? Miranda, Terror Suspects and the Police Safety Exception,” analyzes the timing and national security implications of Miranda warnings given during the arrest process with respect to terrorism suspects.

Tung Yin, a professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School, contributed the article, “Ten Years of Legal Evolution: The Architecture of U.S. Counterterrorism Law from September 10, 2001 to the Present.” Yin’s article analyzes how the government’s ability to prosecute suspected terrorists has evolved and been restricted through the U.S. Supreme Court. The publication also includes an essay titled “What Hath 9/11 Wrought?” by Arnold H. Loewy, George R. Killam Jr. chair of criminal law at Texas Tech University School of Law, and notes by Nathan E. Standley L’11 and Gabriel Zeller L’12.

The next edition of the Elon Law Review, deriving from a 2012 symposium, will examine First Amendment issues resulting from the interplay between religion and government. Participants in the symposium included John Inazu, Washington University School of Law; Alycee Lane, University of California, Santa Barbara; Bruce Ledewitz, Duquesne University School of Law; Robert Luther III, Knicely & Associates, P.C.; Jeremy Mallory, University of Chicago Law School; Aaron Petty, U.S. Department of Justice; Raymond Pierce, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; Mark Strasser, Capital University Law School; Harry Tepker, University of Oklahoma College of Law; and Russell Weaver, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. 

Engaging global commerce in Southeast Asia

Elon international law and business course participants 2013Elon Law and MBA students traveled to Vietnam and Singapore in January to explore the dynamics of modern global trade. Part of an International Business course offered jointly by the law school and Elon’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, the course allowed 17 MBA students and six law students to engage lawyers and executives from a variety of law firms and corporations in discussions about the challenges of conducting business internationally.

“Understanding how governmental, labor and cultural perspectives within Vietnam and Singapore influence business dealings can save valuable time and resources for clients that have business interests within these countries and the greater Asian Pacific region,” said course participant Eddie M. Holder L’13.

In Vietnam, students met with executives at Theodore Alexander, a furniture and accessories design and manufacturing company, Sprinta Co. Ltd., an apparel manufacturing company, Baker & McKenzie, a global law firm, and GE. In Singapore, the group held meetings with senior leaders at Maxwell Chambers, an integrated dispute resolution complex, the American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore Management University, UPS and CSE Global, an international technologies company. This was the fourth consecutive year that Elon’s law and MBA programs offered an international business course with a study abroad component. 

Elon hosts trade secrets law works-in-progress workshop

Elon Law Professor David Levine coordinated Elon’s 2012 forum on trade secrets and intellectual property law. Richard F. Dole, the Bobby Wayne Young Professor of Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, delivered remarks about his involvement in drafting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which has been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Other contributors included: Eric R. Claeys, professor of law, George Mason University School of Law; John Cross, Grosscurth Professor of Law, Louise D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville; Elizabeth A. Rowe, University of Florida Research Foundation Professor of Law, director of the program in intellectual property law and Feldman Gale Term Professor in Intellectual Property Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Sharon K. Sandeen, professor, Hamline University School of Law; and Mark F. Schultz, associate professor of law and director of faculty development, Southern Illinois University School of Law. Susanna Guffey L’13 and Eddie Holder L’13 also presented draft articles developed in their trade secrets law seminar taught by Levine.