Faculty News

Henry Gabriel advances scholarship on international trade law

Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel recently published scholarship and presented internationally on topics that address the regional harmonization of trade law, agricultural development and the future of international trade law.

Steve Friedland featured in 2014 President's Report

Elon Law Professor Steve Friedland, named one of the nation's 26 best law teachers in the Harvard University Press book What the Best Law Teachers Do, discusses his passion for teaching in Elon University's 2014 President's Report. 

Enrique Armijo named an Advisor at The Free State Foundation

Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo was named to the Board of Academic Advisors for The Free State Foundation on September 24.

Chris Leupold named Executive Leadership Coach at Elon Law

An expert in organizational psychology and leadership development with more than 20 years of applied experience in corporate settings, Elon University Professor Chris Leupold will lead executive coaching and Fellows initiatives for the nationally recognized leadership program at Elon Law.

Faith Rivers James named Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Leadership at Elon Law

Elon University School of Law Dean Luke Bierman today announced Professor of Law Faith Rivers James as Elon Law’s first associate dean for experiential learning and leadership. In this role, Rivers James will provide guidance and coordination for the law school’s experiential learning initiatives, including externships, residencies, clinics and the school’s nationally recognized leadership program.

Henry Gabriel advances uniform state law and private international law

Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel represented the State of North Carolina at the annual meeting of the Uniform Law Commission. He was also a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Working Group on Electronic Commerce. In addition, he was reappointed by the U.S. State Department to another term as a member of the State Department Advisory Committee for Private International Law.

Elon Law professor and two alumni among North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy graduates

Christopher Anglin L’11, Mital Patel L’09 and Elon Law Professor Hannah Vaughan, director of the law school’s Elder Law Clinic, were among 16 attorneys recognized in June for completion of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.

David Levine questions “right to be forgotten” in Slate

In a July 22 Slate column, Elon Law Professor David S. Levine calls for deeper consideration of a new online "right to be forgotten" articulated by a European Union court in May.

Enrique Armijo named an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law center

Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo has accepted an invitation to become an Affiliated Fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

Scott Gaylord represents N.C. legislature in petition to U.S. Supreme Court

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord was retained by the North Carolina House and Senate, through the legislature’s Speaker and President Pro Tem, to represent the State in its efforts to get the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibits North Carolina from issuing “Choose Life” specialty license plates.

David Levine selected as a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton 

Elon Law Professor David S. Levine, an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, has accepted a position as a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy for 2014-15. 

Howard Katz engages history, Constitution and future of legal education

Elon Law Professor Howard Katz was one of 25 professors and the only full-time law faculty member to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NIH) program on Westward Expansion and the Constitution in the Early American republic. He was also selected as one of 22 law professors and deans to participate in a Wolters Kluwer conference on the future of legal education. 

Enrique Armijo engages FCC urging First Amendment rights for users of government-run online networks

Drawing from his scholarship about the application of the First Amendment to new technologies, Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo submitted a July 9 filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) net neutrality proceeding.

NC Lawyers Weekly article on experiential education features insights of Elon Law leaders

A July 7 North Carolina Lawyers Weekly cover story about the rise of experiential education in law features insights from Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman and Professor Jim Exum.

Elon Law faculty advance scholarship and service with real-world implications

Law professors at Elon recently have published scholarship and engaged in service at regional, national and international levels. Explore highlights of their work in this article.

Hannah Vaughan featured on WGHP Fox 8 News

Elon Law Practitioner-in-Residence Hannah Vaughan offered analysis for WGHP's Successful Aging Series to address legal questions pertaining to Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Wills.

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.

Tom Molony delivers annual North Carolina business law update

Elon Law Professor Tom Molony delivered his fifth consecutive North Carolina Business Law Update at the 2014 annual meeting of the Business Law and International Law and Practice Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Tom Molony authors business law article for NCBA publication

Elon Law Professor Tom Molony highlights significant Delaware and North Carolina court cases in a 2014 “Business Law Developments” article for members of the Business Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).

David Levine advances scholarship and service to develop transparency in law and trade agreement formation

Elon Law Professor David Levine has presented trade secrecy scholarship at Yale Law School and other American law schools in 2014, while taking numerous public actions advocating for greater transparency in the formation of law and international trade agreements.

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. 

Eric Fink elected to the Board of Directors of the Renaissance Community Co-Op

Contributing to a regional effort to improve access to healthy, affordable food, Elon Law Professor Eric Fink has joined the Renaissance Community Co-Op (RCC) Board of Directors. 

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.

Eric Fink and Roland Zullo co-author report recommending new federal student loan servicing structure

On June 25, as hundreds gather in Newark, Del. for major student loan lender Sallie Mae’s annual shareholder meeting, Elon Law Professor Eric Fink and Roland Zullo of the University of Michigan released promising new data on private companies’ ability to service federal student loans.

Faith Rivers James presents annual report on Real Property case law

Elon Law Professor Faith Rivers James recently delivered the Real Property Case Law Update at the annual meeting of the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.


Elon Law hosts workshop on learning transfer

Elon Law recently hosted a two-day visit from law scholar Tonya Kowalski, professor of law at Washburn University School of Law.


Luke Bierman takes the helm as dean of Elon Law

Luke Bierman, a national leader in experiential legal education and a highly accomplished attorney, scholar and teacher, became dean of Elon Law on June 1.


Scott Gaylord and Erwin Chemerinsky offer public analysis of Supreme Court’s legislative prayer case

Elon Law professor and Constitutional Law scholar Scott Gaylord, who filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Town of Greece v. Galloway case, discussed the Court’s decision in the case with University of California Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on May 6 through a National Constitution Center podcast.

Elon Law's Heather Scavone featured as 'Tar Heel of the Week'

The News & Observer spotlights Elon Law Professor Heather Scavone for her legal advocacy and teaching as director of the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic.

David Crowe authors groundbreaking book on war crimes & genocide

“War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice” by Elon University’s David Crowe is a global history of battlefield horrors and the international humanitarian law that developed in response to barbaric behaviors of armies and their leaders.

Hearsay Culture celebrates 200th episode milestone

Hearsay Culture, the Stanford University radio show and podcast founded and hosted by Elon Law professor David S. Levine, celebrated its 200th show in January.  Since its founding in 2006, the show has featured internationally prominent authors, scholars and thought leaders examining the relationship between technology, law and culture.  

“If only...”: Panel shares thoughts on future of black men in America

Six men representing law, education, medicine, ministry & the student perspective offered reflections Thursday about the challenges confronting African-American males in the United States.

Luke Bierman named dean of Elon University School of Law

Elon University has named Luke Bierman, a highly accomplished attorney, legal scholar and teacher, and national leader in experiential legal education, to be the next dean of Elon University School of Law. 

Scott Gaylord examines Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court case in Constitution Center article

In Constitution Daily, the online content platform of the National Constitution Center, Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord posits four reasons why the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of Town of Greece in a legislative prayer case.

David Levine leads national effort for transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

By co-authoring a Nov. 14 intellectual property law scholars letter to President Obama and Congress, as well as a front page Dec. 6 column in the Los Angeles and San Francisco editions of the Daily Journal, California’s largest legal newspaper, Elon Law Professor David S. Levine continued to detail implications of secrecy in international law making. 

Henry Gabriel elected to third term on UNIDROIT governing council

With 63 member states, UNIDROIT seeks to harmonize law across the globe through international conventions and the production of model laws. Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel was the sole candidate from the United States, having been nominated to the governing council by the United States Department of State. 

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly spotlights Steve Friedland for being named one of the nation’s best law teachers

Elon Law Professor Steve Friedland, who was featured as one of the nation’s 26 best law teachers in a recent book, shares insights about effective teaching in the December 4 edition of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Patricia Perkins and Catherine Wasson present on the correlation between writing skills and law school success

Elon Law Professors Patricia C. Perkins and Catherine J. Wasson presented results of their preliminary research on the relationship between writing skills and law school success at the North and South Carolina Legal Writing and Research Colloquium, held at the University of South Carolina.  

Henry Gabriel publishes and presents on international commercial law

Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel recently presented at law schools in St. Louis, Japan and the United Kingdom, as well as publishing scholarship in the Journal of Arbitration Studies.

Tom Molony presents at forum exploring Roe v. Wade at fortieth anniversary

Elon Law Professor Tom Molony presented at a Nov. 7-8 symposium of Washington and Lee University School of Law. 

David Levine advances research on transparency and intellectual property law

Elon Law Professor David S. Levine recently presented at a conference on transparency in Paris and a conference on drones at NYU School of Law. He also continued his advocacy for transparency in fracking, wrote about NSA spying and net neutrality, and published insights about effective teaching and mentoring in legal education. 

Scott Gaylord provides analysis of legal issues in Greece v. Galloway

Elon Law professor and Constitional Law scholar Scott Gaylord has provided analysis for several news organizations about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Town of Greece, N.Y. v Galloway.

David Crowe delivers invited lectures at Chapman University

One of the world's top authories on the Holocaust visited the California school for a week in early October.

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.

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 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.

Heather Scavone prepares students for practice and serves the most vulnerable

Each semester, Heather Scavone, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, oversees upper level law students who represent refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, parolees and victims of human trafficking with federal immigration benefits.

Highlights of faculty service

In addition to teaching and scholarship, Elon Law faculty members enrich public understanding of law and contribute to the legal profession through a variety of professional service and public commentary. Some of the faculty’s contributions during the 2012-13 academic year are featured here. 

Elon Law faculty publications - 2012-'13

Elon Law faculty members published books, books chapters, essays and scholarly articles last year, including articles in the following law journals: American Criminal Law Review, American University Law Review, Berkeley Business Law Journal, Columbia Journal of Tax Law, Connecticut Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Macquarie Journal of Business Law, Michigan State Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, South Texas Law Review, Touro Law Review, Uniform Law Review, University of San Francisco Law Review, and University of Toledo Law Review.

Tom Molony’s scholarship on fraud and securities transactions published in Santa Clara Law Review

In a recently published article, Elon Law Professor Tom Molony identifies ambiguities in federal law and judicial frameworks that have attempted to define when fraudulent activity is connected to securities transactions. Molony’s article also poses solutions to the lack of clarity in this area of law.