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Elon Law hosts Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Judges heard appellate arguments in an employment discrimination lawsuit involving a former sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina, and a criminal case with Fourth Amendment considerations after police in West Virginia used a GPS tracker without a warrant.

Elon Law immigration clinic undergoes leadership change

When Assistant Professor Heather Scavone steps down from Elon Law in October for a legal position in the federal government, Katherine Reynolds, Elon Law’s Clinical Practitioner in Residence, will serve as interim director of the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic.

A lack of justice for victims of the Khmer Rouge

Forthcoming publications by Sara Ochs, a Legal Method & Communication Fellow at Elon Law, and subsequent presentations to international scholars will explain how a "hybrid" tribunal designed to prosecute war criminals in Southeast Asia is on the verge of collapse.

Leupold Serves as visiting professor at the University of Iceland 

Elon's Isabella Cannon Professor of Leadership teaches MBA students theories and practices related to leadership development

Elon Law scholar co-authors groundbreaking study on startups & trade secrecy

David S. Levine, Elon Law’s Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar, partnered with Ted M. Sichelman of the University of San Diego School of Law to research why young companies in software, biotechnology, medical device, and hardware industries opt to use - or not use - laws that can protect competitive advantage and profits.

In My Words: Roe v. Wade's Unlikely Champion

A newspaper column by Associate Professor Andy Haile points to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that indicate an overturn of Roe v. Wade isn't a foregone conclusion simply because of the court's pending conservative majority.

Accomplished legal educator joins Elon Law administration

Wendy Scott, a former dean at Mississippi College School of Law and a nationally recognized doctrinal law professor with experience at Tulane Law and N.C. Central School of Law, has been named Elon Law’s new associate dean for academic success.

The Conversation: Will Trump’s Supreme Court justices show independence from him?

Enrique Armijo, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor at Elon Law, writes for The Conversation about judicial independence any Supreme Court nominee might demonstrate once confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Three new LMC Fellows join Elon Law faculty for 2018-20

John L. Cook, Marissa C. Meredith and Sara L. Ochs join the law school's Legal Method & Communication Program beginning in July for a two-year fellowship to teach legal writing to incoming Elon Law students.

The Conversation: Falsehoods, Sandy Hook and suing Alex Jones

Enrique Armijo, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor at Elon Law, writes for The Conversation about the lawsuit brought by the parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting against media personality Alex Jones. 

In open government lawsuits, a look at who pays (and who should)

A forthcoming law review article by Elliot Engstrom, an Elon Law Legal Method and Communication Fellow, analyzes a North Carolina law that leaves open to interpretation who should cover the costs of legal fees when a person sues state and local governments for lack of transparency.

Elon Law scholar shares best practices for teaching legal writing

Professor Sue Liemer’s research over the past year has been showcased at national conferences and will be published in forthcoming journals and books that serve as resources for legal writing educators.

LMC Fellows represent Elon Law at national conference

Tiffany Atkins and Drew Simshaw presented research on April 18, 2018, at the Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference hosted by Georgia State University and Emory University.

Claims of confidentiality & 'opportunistic privacy' obstruct public discourse on Facebook & Uber

David S. Levine, Elon Law’s Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar, warns in a new journal article that both companies are using amorphous confidentiality and privacy claims to withhold important information about their products, making it nearly impossible to hold public debates about accountability and safety.  

Elon Law alumni named to leadership program

Five graduates of Elon University School of Law were among 16 attorneys selected for the North Carolina Bar Association's Leadership Academy, a program designed to "help young lawyers become more effective leaders in their communities." 

Elon Law pays tribute to Faith Rivers James

The longtime associate dean for experiential education and leadership stepped down from Elon Law in January after joining The Citadel in South Carolina as assistant provost for leadership and department head of Leadership Studies.

Elon Law scholar: 'Selective' conscientious objection might now be legal

An article by Associate Professor Andy Haile in a forthcoming issue of the University of Richmond Law Review points to the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a possible defense for conscientious objectors who refuse to serve in some, but not all, wars.

Professors: With #MeToo movement, a need for more than legal protections

Elon Law scholars Catherine Dunham and David Levine believe it will take the courage of young people to speak out against demeaning comments by their peers and colleagues to fully attack sexual harrassment in the workplace.

Leupold Named to editorial advisory board

Chris Leupold, Isabella Cannon Professor of Leadership, will be working with the Journal of Leadership Education.

Elon Law faculty contribute to legal education national conference

Professor Sue Liemer and Drew Simshaw, a Legal Method & Communication Fellow, took part in the 112th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, whose conference theme of "Access to Justice" focused on ways to ensure equal justice for all.

Elon Law educator named Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar

David S. Levine joined the Elon University School of Law faculty in 2009 and quickly forged an international reputation for his legal research into the areas of lawmaking, trade secrecy, and the ways in which corporations and governments use the law to control access to intellectual property.

A 'passport' to legal writing best practices

Elon Law, in coordination with the Legal Writing Institute, hosted a One-Day Workshop in December for regional law professors and practitioners who visited downtown Greensboro for a program that was part of a nationwide series.

Elon Law professor quoted in news reports on Haitian immigrants

Assistant Professor Heather Scavone spoke with the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer about the announced end to legal protections for Haitians unable to return to their home country following a 2010 earthquake.

Elon Law scholar shares trade secrets research in Mexico City

Associate Professor David S. Levine presented his forthcoming co-authored article in the Wake Forest Law Review at a November conference hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Elon Law scholar contributes to NPR report on Facebook

Associate Professor David S. Levine was interviewed on Halloween for a National Public Radio "Marketplace" segment on the difficulty of policing political content on Facebook and Twitter.

Elon Law scholar elected to The American Law Institute

Enrique Armijo, associate dean for academic affairs and an associate professor of law, is the fourth member of the Elon University School of Law faculty elevated to the ranks of the nation’s premier organization for the advancement of legal scholarship.

Elon Law scholar offers insights during Capitol Tonight segment

Associate Dean Enrique Armijo joined in a discussion for the statewide Spectrum News politics program about the most recent conflict between President Donald Trump and the media. 

Elon Law scholar: Improve the law to support clean energy

"Solar Financing in North Carolina: The Untapped Potential of Power Purchase Agreements" by Associate Professor Andy Haile was published in the most recent issue of the North Carolina Law Review.

Elon Law instructor shares insights on public record requests

Elliot Engstrom, a Legal Method & Communication Fellow, recently delivered a presentation to attorneys and legal observers on North Carolina's public record statutes and case law, arguing that the state needs a better approach to ensuring government transparency.

Elon Law scholar co-authors article on the future of legal education

"The Double Life of Law Schools" by Elon Law Professor Steve Friedland and Ian Holloway of the University of Calgary will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Case Western Reserve Law Review.

N.C. media cite Elon Law expert in coverage of DACA

Assistant Professor Heather Scavone, director of Elon Law's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, shared insights with news outlets on Sept. 5, 2017, that covered changes to the immigration policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.   

Elon Law scholar: Gender discrimination in courts influences lawsuit outcomes

“Third Generation Discrimination: The Ripple Effects of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace” by Professor Catherine Ross Dunham will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Akron Law Review.

Chris Leupold named Isabella Cannon Leadership Professor

The endowed professorship is funded by the estate of the late Isabella Cannon ’24, a former mayor of Raleigh, N.C.

Elon Law faculty member honored for advocacy for deaf community

Drew Simshaw, a Legal Method & Communication Fellow, received the H. Latham Breunig Humanitarian Award this summer from TDI at the organization's biennial conference. 

A duty to their clients, profession & public

In Elon Law's 2017 Convocation and Call to Honor, a retired judge from the North Carolina Court of Appeals shared how new students will soon need to balance the competing demands lawyers often face.

Elon Law faculty contribute to international legal writing conference

Associate Professor Catherine Wasson and Professor Sue Liemer served as facilitators and panelists at a biennial gathering of scholars from around the world who focus their teaching on legal research and writing.

In My Words: Is ‘fake news’ upending the marketplace of ideas?

Enrique Armijo, associate professor and academic dean at Elon University School of Law, writes about how "fake news" impacts the marketplace of ideas. 

Elon mourns passing of Elon Law Founding Dean Leary Davis

F. Leary Davis, Jr. led efforts from 2004-2008 to launch Elon University School of Law in downtown Greensboro and earn it provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association at the earliest possible date.

Elon Law welcomes new LMC Fellows for 2017-19

Drew Simshaw and Heather Gram join the law school’s Legal Method & Communication Program on a two-year fellowship to teach legal writing to incoming students.

A deeper dive into the use of trade secrecy and startups

In a June seminar in Australia, Elon Law’s David S. Levine shared preliminary results of an empirical study assessing when and why software and biotechnology startups now use secrecy laws – rather than filing for patents or copyrights – to protect their intellectual property.

Elon Law names new director of first-year legal writing program

Professor Sue Liemer served from 1998-2000 as president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute.

Elon Law professor's article selected for popular legal textbook

Associate Dean Enrique Armijo’s legal critique of the "ample alternative channels of communication" principle will be featured in the next edition of an annual guide frequently cited by First Amendment scholars and attorneys.

FOX 8 features Elon Law professor studying innovation in legal education

Steve Friedland, associate dean for innovation in engaged learning in law, spoke with veteran journalist Bob Buckley of "The Buckley Report" about ongoing research at Elon Law focused on improvements to legal education. 

Elon Law hosts design-thinking workshop on legal education

Leading educators and innovators from North Carolina and beyond visited downtown Greensboro on May 12, 2017, for a program focused on improving American legal education.

Elon Law professor shares expertise with international audiences

A scholar of international property law, Professor Henry Gabriel has traveled to Europe and Asia this spring for educational and legal advocacy work related to his areas of expertise.

'One of the greatest privileges I have had'

The Hon. James G. Exum Jr., who steps away from teaching this spring after serving Elon Law as Distinguished Professor of the Judicial Process, was recognized during a May 10 awards luncheon that celebrated Elon University educators, mentors and retiring professors.

Elon Law professor remembered for generosity & kindness

Students and colleagues at a celebration of life praised Michael L. Rich, the university's Maurice Jennings Emerging Scholar and an associate professor who died in December, for his selflessness, his passion for teaching and research, and his deep love of family.  

Elon Law professor shares early findings of Defend Trade Secrets Act research

Associate Professor David S. Levine was an invited speaker on April 20 at a program in Minnesota attended by legal practitioners and scholars with an interest in intellectual property.

National coverage of N.C. bathroom law includes insights of Elon Law professor

The March 31 article by a reporter in McClatchy's Washington D.C. bureau was featured by more than two dozen of the media company's news outlets around the country. 

The Conversation: Was Chuck Berry the lone genius he's made out to be?

Tim McFarlin, a Legal Method and Communication Fellow at Elon University School of Law, writes about the dispute over the role Berry's longtime piano player had in crafting some of the star's biggest hits.