Faculty News

War crimes and justice

In this week’s “Elon Law Now” faculty commentary series, Elon Law Professor of Legal History David M. Crowe describes the emergence and importance of International Humanitarian Law and the International Criminal Court following World War II.

James Exum speaks on civic engagement at Guilford Model Congress

On May 18, Elon Law Professor James G. Exum Jr. delivered the opening address at the Ninth Annual Guilford Model Congress, hosted by high school students at the Early College at Guilford.

Overcriminalization and overregulation in North Carolina

In this week’s “Elon Law Now” faculty commentary series, Senior Associate Dean Alan Woodlief details a variety of laws that appear to be created for special interests and urges greater focus on the most important issues facing North Carolina. 

Scott Gaylord engages Constitutionality of compelled physician speech

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord has authored both an article for the spring 2015 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics and an amicus brief in Walker-McGill v. Stuart, which is pending petition in the United States Supreme Court.  

Heather Scavone recognized for exemplary civic engagement and social responsibility

Elon Law Professor Heather Scavone, director of the law school's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, is the 2015 recipient of Elon University's Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility. 

Addressing food insecurity among senior citizens

In this week’s “Elon Law Now” series, Elon Law Professor Hannah Vaughan, director of the school’s Elder Law Clinic, comments on food insecurity among senior citizens in Guilford County.

State overreach in local governance?

In this week’s Elon Law Now commentary, Distinguished Professor of the Judicial Process James G. Exum Jr. says that state legislation to alter the structure of Greensboro’s city council breaks with long-standing public policy and leads to less democratic, less responsive local government.

Hearsay Culture unveils new website

A new website for the technology, law and policy radio show and podcast hosted by Elon Law Professor David Levine features a mobile-friendly design, a new logo, expanded social network links and an embedded audio player for each show post.

Startup Weekend a sign of innovation era

Elon Law Professor John Flynn comments on the value of the collaborative approach to local entrepreneurial business development within the global Startup Weekend movement in this week’s “Elon Law Now” series.

The error of fast tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Elon Law Professor David Levine calls for the public release of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, challenges the secret process by which the agreement was created and says "fast track" authority by Congress will result in the exclusion of expert and public input that could improve the international agreement.  

Luke Bierman proposes steps to reinvent legal education in American Bar Association publication

The dean of Elon University School of Law offers four steps to reinvent legal education in an April 15 article for the ABA Journal’s “The New Normal” series. 

“Gypsies” and “Nomads” are No-No’s in Italian

Elon Law Professor Antonette Barilla examines developing responses to migration flows and itinerant groups in Italy, in this week’s “Elon Law Now” series of faculty commentary.

Scott Gaylord examines First Amendment rights regarding freedoms of speech and religion

The recent scholarship of Constitutional Law expert Scott Gaylord examines the scope of First Amendment speech and religious liberty under the Roberts Court.

Steve Friedland presents on innovation in legal education at Western Law

Elon Law professor Steve Friedland delivered a presentation titled "Redesigning Legal Education One Archetypal Structure at a Time," to the faculty of Western Law at The University of Western Ontario in Canada on March 3. Friedland directs the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law at Elon.

Steven Friedland develops experiential learning in the law school classroom

Professor of Law Steven Friedland is on a mission to boost experiential learning in law school classrooms through hands-on techniques like simulations, role-playing, small group problem solving and interactive workshops. His teaching “team” includes fingerprint experts, K-9 police officers and their dogs, prosecutors, defense attorneys and Elon Law graduates.

Scott Gaylord presents on constitutional law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law

At the Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Constitutional Law Colloquium, held November 5 and 6, Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord presented research analyzing recent U.S. Supreme Court cases related to the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

News and Record features Scott Gaylord in article exploring how voters can make informed decisions in judicial elections

Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord provides insights into criteria voters can use when choosing judges in a Greensboro News and Record article published September 19.

Steve Friedland publishes article in The Law Teacher

Elon Law professor Steve Friedland published an article in the fall 2010 issue of The Law Teacher exploring the benefits of student questioning activities in law school courses.

Steve Friedland speaks to North Carolina District Court judges on developments in hearsay law

Elon Law professor Steve Friedland recently spoke to District Court judges for North Carolina at a special evidence seminar for the judges cosponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts of North Carolina and the UNC School of Government at Chapel Hill.

Elon Law faculty participate in national legal writing conference

Four members of the faculty at Elon Law travelled to Florida to participate in the 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, held June 27 through July 1.

Scott Gaylord presents on judicial selection before Judicial Independence Committee

Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord reviewed the status of judicial selection procedures in North Carolina in a presentation before the North Carolina Bar Association's (NCBA) Judicial Independence Committee on October 4.

Steve Friedland elected to The American Law Institute

Elon Law professor and senior scholar Steven I. Friedland has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

Scott Gaylord paper on the N.C. Supreme Court published by The Federalist Society

Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord's article, "The North Carolina Supreme Court in 2010: Is it Time for Reform" has been published by The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

Henry Gabriel advances international law on multiple fronts

Elon Law professor Henry Gabriel remained actively engaged in globally-coordinated efforts to improve international commercial law in recent months, through a series of presentations, meetings and collaborative work with law scholars, government agencies and advisory groups involved in shaping the future of law related to international business and commerce. Highlights of Gabriel's recent activities are included in this article.

Scott Gaylord featured in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

After highlighting a recent decrease in North Carolina Supreme Court decisions, Elon Law professor Scott Gaylord has sparked dialogue in the North Carolina legal community. The October 29 edition of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly addresses concerns raised by Gaylord in his article, "The North Carolina Supreme Court in 2010: Is it Time for Reform," which was published by The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies on October 26.

Steve Friedland presents on criminal law and procedure at NCBA meeting

At the annual meeting of the Criminal Justice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), held November 19, Elon Law professor Steve Friedland presented on recent federal and state court decisions impacting criminal law and procedure in North Carolina.

Scott Gaylord engages landmark Supreme Court case

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord has published scholarship, provided analysis for media outlets nationally and authored a friend of the court brief for the recently decided U.S. Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. 

Faith Rivers James presents at annual symposia of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law

On April 29, Elon Law professor Faith Rivers James presented a series of case law updates related to land use regulations, eminent domain, co-tenancy, and other property law matters, at the 22nd Annual Spring Symposia of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law, held in Washington, D.C.

David Levine presents on government trade secrecy at spring academic and professional forums

On May 6, Elon Law professor David Levine presented findings from his article, "The People's Trade Secrets?" at the spring meeting of the Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association. In March, Levine discussed his research on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, through the Mary Junck Research Colloquium series in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Heather Scavone presents on laws effecting refugees and asylees at immigration conference

Elon Law Professor Heather Scavone recently spoke at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s Bi-annual Conference on Effective Representation of Refugees and Asylees in Dallas, Texas.

Enrique Armijo advances international freedom of expression

Assistant Professor of Law Enrique Armijo has taken on an advocacy role at an international level through his freedom of expression work in Rwanda, Jordan, Yemen and other countries throughout the Middle East and South America. His most recent work is in Myanmar (Burma), which is in the midst of democratic reforms after 50 years of oppressive military rule.

Andy Haile compares responses to state budget shortfalls at the J. Nelson Young Tax Institute

Elon Law professor Andy Haile delivered a presentation at the J. Nelson Young Tax Institute at the University of North Carolina School of Law on April 29. Haile's presentation reviewed North Carolina's state budget challenges and a range of recently enacted and proposed tax reforms in states across the nation.

Tom Molony’s “Charity, Truth, and Corporate Governance” published in Loyola Law Review

Elon Law professor Tom Molony has published an article in the Loyola Law Review applying Catholic Social Thought to the debate over proper guiding principles for corporate governance. Molony’s article explores how Pope Benedict the XVI’s encyclical, Caritas in Vertitate, helps to address the question of whether corporate managers should employ a shareholder wealth maximization norm or a norm that emphasizes social responsibility.

Enrique Armijo posits new approach to application of First Amendment in State-provided virtual public space

In recently published scholarship in the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, as well is in presentations at law schools nationally, Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo has advanced proposals to strengthen free speech protections for those communicating online through government-provided Internet access.

Business law and the future of the North Carolina economy

Elon Law Professor Tom Molony discusses the growth of the Business Court in North Carolina and the Court’s value to the state’s economic future in this week’s “Elon Law Now.”

Scott Gaylord analyzes Supreme Court case for National Constitution Center

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord provides analysis of a U.S. Supreme Court case about speech rights and specialty license plates in a March 27 “Constitution Daily” podcast of the National Constitution Center.

Congress and the federal budget

In this week's "Elon Law Now," Associate Dean Faith Rivers James provides commentary on the moral, political and procedural dimensions of the advancing federal budget in Congress.

Is current law viable for modern gender bias?

In a News & Observer op-ed, Elon Law Professor Catherine Ross Dunham examines California gender bias case Pao v. Kleiner and a recent U.S. Supreme Court case to illustrate the limits of current law in addressing questions of equal treatment and opportunity in the workplace.

Can the government control what your license plate says? 

In this week’s “Elon Law Now” series, Constitutional Law scholar Scott Gaylord examines legal issues in a case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 23, that addresses the ability of states to control messages on specialty license plates.

Scott Gaylord engages Supreme Court government speech case

In the U.S. Supreme Court case Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord is the author of both the amicus brief on behalf the State of North Carolina and scholarship cited four times in the petitioner’s merits brief in the case.

Labor law and the fate of the U.S. labor movement

This week, Wisconsin became the twenty-fifth state to adopt a so-called “right-to-work” law. Elon Law Professor Eric Fink details the legal issues and implications of such laws in this week’s Elon Law Now. 

Obamacare’s latest challenge in U.S. Supreme Court

In this week's "Elon Law Now," Prof. Catherine Ross Dunham provides analysis of the legal issues in the Supreme Court case that will determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Why did the insanity defense fail in ‘American Sniper’ trial?

In this week’s “Elon Law Now” series, Professor Michael Rich explains Texas requirements to establish legal insanity in the context of the recently concluded trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the man who shot and killed Chris Kyle, subject of the recent Oscar-nominated film American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield at a Texas shooting range. 

Did executive immigration order stumble over procedure?

On Feb. 17 a federal judge blocked the Obama administration’s executive action that seeks to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo provides analysis of the decision’s central legal issue in this week’s “Elon Law Now.”

The use of automated technology in crime fighting

Elon Law Professor Michael Rich explored the implications of new technology in the identification of likely criminals at the 2015 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting.

Detaining toddlers in the name of national security 

Elon Law Professor Heather Scavone examines U.S. justifications for family detention of immigrant women and children, spotlighting a lack of legal representation for these families, as part the “Elon Law Now” series of faculty analysis and commentary about current legal issues. 

Forced vaccination? 

Informing national debate about the role of government in stemming the spread of measles, Elon Law Professor Helen Grant offers analysis of current vaccination laws and points to potential gaps in U.S. health law. Grant's commentary is the first in a weekly “Elon Law Now” series providing faculty analysis of current legal issues.

Preparing lawyers in a transformational age

Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman writes in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Experiential Learning about reinventing legal education to prepare lawyers for success in a world moving rapidly toward 22nd century thought and practice.

David Crowe co-edits book on Sino-German relationship

"Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century" includes chapters Crowe authored, including one that was co-written by an Elon  alumna who recently completed graduate work at Columbia University.

Antonette Barilla advances new approaches to enhance learning outcomes in law school and across higher education

Elon Law Professor Antonette Barilla recently presented scholarship at regional and international conferences on the benefits of classical instruction in rhetoric within legal education and on teaching techniques for increasingly diverse graduate program classrooms.