The Leadership Program

Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series

The Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series is an integral part of Elon University School of Law's commitment to develop lawyers who are also leaders. Endowed through a generous gift from the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greensboro, N.C., the Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series brings accomplished leaders from a variety of disciplines to Elon to share their experiences and perspectives with students and faculty.

 

Charlotte Mayor Anthony FoxAnthony Foxx

Mayor, Charlotte, N.C.
November 13, 2012

“The same system of laws that made it possible for my great-great grandmother to be sold into slavery later made it possible for me to gain a strong education and five generations later to be the mayor of the largest city in North Carolina. As a profession, we cannot take that legacy for granted. I wish for you that you will accept not only the privilege of being a lawyer but the responsibility to help our nation and world grapple with the challenges of the moment.”
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Scott Turow

Scott Turow

Acclaimed writer and attorney
October 13, 2010

"[Americans] see positive potential in the law and they see in the law something that the market does not give them. I think the reason people are interested in the law has to do with the pivotal role it plays in society in determining questions of value."
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Nina Totenberg delivers Elon Law Bryan Leadership Lecture, Spring 2010

Nina Totenberg

National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent
March 16, 2010

"Republicans are stalling on [judicial] nominees whether they are controversial or not... And the Democrats haven’t pushed it...and the people who are paying the price for this are litigants and the judicial system. For all the judges I know of both parties, the behavior of both parties in this is frankly confounding."
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Harold Ford, Jr.

Chairman, Democratic Leadership Council, and Member of Congress, 1997-2007
November 5, 2009

“The willingness to recognize when you’re right, and the courage to say when you’re wrong and correct it, in so many ways that’s the true test of leadership. If there was ever a time in which the kind of leadership that has defined America’s greatness since our inception was needed, that time is now.”  Read the story

 

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Cory Booker

Mayor, Newark, N.J.
February 3, 2009

“Will we take ownership of our nation? Will we not look for blame but accept responsibility? This is our challenge - this is the test of this fledgling democracy still in its youth. Can it be bold enough, rich enough and inclusive enough to fulfill the dreams of our ancestors?”
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David McCullough

David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
October 22, 2008

"You can't just be an idle spectator... you can't just sit back and watch."
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Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin

CNN legal analyst, journalist, author
September 22, 2008

"What was it that changed about the Court after 2000? Justice O'Connor changed. She moved to the left because she saw that George W. Bush, the president that she put in office with her vote in Bush v. Gore, was not the kind of president she thought he was going to be."
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Gov. Jim Hunt

Jim Hunt

North Carolina Governor
1977-1985, 1993-2001

April 29, 2008
"Leadership is about moving ahead and improving other people's lives."
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Jim Melvin

Jim Melvin

Bryan Foundation President
Former Mayor of Greensboro

March 7, 2008
"If you have a good idea, people want to be part of something exciting. They want to make a difference."
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Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Former United States Ambassador
to Finland

February 20, 2008
"An organization's success, or lack thereof, has everything to do with leadership. Leadership filters down a lot faster than it filters up."
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Aldona Wos

Former United States Ambassador
to Estonia

November 5, 2007
"You have to be driven in a direction of seeking excellence and driven in a direction of helping other people."
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Henry Frye

Henry E. Frye

Former Chief Justice,
N.C. Supreme Court

October 8, 2007

"You've got to tell the truth. If you're going to lead, you've got to be worthy of leadership. You've got to be a person of your word."
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David Gergen

David R. Gergen

Presidential adviser, scholar, author
September 27, 2007

"More and more people are beginning to understand that leadership is not a top-down kind of ‘do this, do this, do this.’ Leadership today is much more about drawing the best out of people who are in your group.”
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