Leary Davis, founding dean and professor of law emeritus
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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.