Antonette Barilla, director of academic and bar support & assistant professor of law
(336) 279-9362, abarilla@elon.edu

Elon Law Professor Antonette BarillaAntonette Barilla brings to Elon University School of Law a unique blend of international experience, language and literary facility, and insight into multi-cultural dimensions of law. Born in Italy and fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, Barilla graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a degree in Political Science and was the recipient of the President’s Scholar Award. There she obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Cross Cultural Language Acquisition and Development Certification, and taught for thirteen years in the California public school system.

Barilla graduated with honors from Western State College of Law. During law school she obtained a certificate in criminal law and received the Academy of Appellate Lawyers Award for brief writing in the 2002 Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition. During her last year at Western State College of Law she worked in Heidelberg, Germany for the Army Judge Advocate General. Barilla is an alumnus of the University of London, where she obtained her Postgraduate Certificate in Law with specialization in Law and Development, her Postgraduate Diploma in Laws with specialization in International Business Law and finally her LLM.  She is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law, a center for research and teaching in public and private international law that provides opportunities for contact with the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, international criminal courts and other institutions.

As a part of her law practice Barilla worked in a private firm specializing in general civil law, estate planning, contract law, and trust/corporate administration, immigration, education and juvenile law. She opened a second office in which she utilized her fluency in Italian and Spanish in her work with international contracts and business transactions, often traveling oversees to conduct and oversee business transactions on behalf of her clients. She is certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the California Superior Court where she is appointed by judges on a case by case basis to conduct independent investigations and present recommendations at court hearings regarding the best placement for children within the system. 

Barilla's legal teaching career began with an adjunct appointment teaching Solving Legal Problems and the Exit Year Program at Western State College of Law. She has since served as the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Services at Western State College of Law and has developed and taught related courses including Introduction to Legal Methods, Legal Methods, and Advanced Legal Methods. She has also taught Introduction to International Law, Introduction to International Treaties, and International Business Transactions.

In pursuit of her love for literature, Barilla has written two Italian language acquisition books and has recently published her second children’s book, with a third slated for publication in 2013.

Barilla is dedicated to the principles of expert learning and to the implementation of best teaching practices in legal education. She is committed to assisting students in cultivating and refining their learning practices and in designing and implementing a thriving and results-driven academic support program.