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A celebration of Elon Law's 10th anniversary

Supporters of Elon University School of Law gathered March 17 for a special luncheon to recognize the collective efforts of community, civic, and philanthropic leaders who helped launch "a law school with a difference."

Elon Law faculty member honored for open government efforts

Elliot Engstrom, a Legal Method and Communication Fellow, received the 2017 Sunshine Award for Advocacy from the North Carolina Open Government Coalition in recognition of his public interest work to help uncover records related to a mismanaged town police department.

Tim McFarlin presents at Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium

The Legal Method and Communication Fellow at Elon Law shared details of his ongoing research into copyright law based on a legal dispute between The Who and a U.S. company that took issue with the British rock band's 1967 album "The Who Sell Out."

New role for a nationally recognized Elon Law educator

Professor Steve Friedland’s appointment as associate dean for innovation in engaged learning in law will help Elon Law continue to identify and promote better ways to prepare today’s students to serve as leaders in the legal profession.

In My Words: Make America mannered again

Elon University School of Law Dean Luke Bierman recently published a column in regional newspapers about how America can regain its manners. 

Elon Law partners with Family Justice Center to support crime victims

Margaret Dudley, a longtime North Carolina lawyer with experience practicing family law, has joined Elon Law to manage legal resources and advocacy in Greensboro and Burlington for survivors of domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual assault.

David S. Levine invited panelist at regional conference & symposia

The Elon Law faculty member recently discussed the future of the entertainment industry, legal questions surrounding drone use, and effective ways for the federal government to seek valuable public input on policies and potential trade agreements.

Elon experts share concerns about immigration decrees

In 'Understanding the Recent Executive Order on Immigration,' a panel discussion hosted Feb. 6 at Elon Law, three university faculty members outlined the potential effects of President Donald Trump's approach to immigration in the name of national security.

Elon Law scholar honored by ABA Section of International Law

Professor Henry Gabriel has been named the 2017 recipient of the Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law for making distinguished, long-standing contributions to the development of private international law.

In My Words: Let's not trump the rule of law

Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman recently published a column in regional newspapers about the importance of the rule of law to the American system of governance.

The role of law professors as 'policy influencers'

Associate Professor David S. Levine's recent article in the Wake Forest Law Review Online argues that imbalances in the knowledge environment create a duty for law professors to ensure that underfunded and diffuse public interests have a say in policy debates.

Faith Rivers James presents on Elon Law leadership program

The law school's associate dean of experiential education and leadership took part in two programs organized as part of the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.

Catherine Ross Dunham provides rules update to AALS members

The professor of law contributes each year to the Civil Procedure Section Newsletter of the Association of American Law Schools, helping to inform American law professors about changes to federal rules that govern the handling of lawsuits.

Scott Gaylord featured in Elon's 2016 President's Report

An annual showcase of the university's strongest faculty and student scholarship spotlighted an Elon Law professor whose expertise has influenced judicial decisions and media coverage of the law.

In My Words: Law Schools Needn't be the Blacksmiths of Today

Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman recently published a column in regional newspapers about the need for innovation in American legal education.

Enrique Armijo guest on 'Flash Forward' podcast

Elon Law's associate dean of Academic Affairs took part in a Dec. 6, 2016, conversation about the future of "fake news" where no one knows what is real - and what can be done about it.

Death of Associate Professor Michael L. Rich

The Maurice Jennings Emerging Scholar and an associate professor at Elon University School of Law died Dec. 7, 2016, following a lengthy illness.

David Levine joins editorial board of Secrecy and Society

The new international, interdisciplinary journal "explores secrecy as the intentional or nonintentional concealment of information at the intersections of theory, definition, language, praxis, and culture."

Scott Gaylord article on RFRA published in Missouri Law Review

The professor of law analyzed the proper standard under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act for determining whether a government action substantially burdens religious exercise.

Heather Scavone published in N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change

The assistant professor of law and director of Elon Law's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic writes about helping asylees in the United States reach the "American dream."

David S. Levine presents at intellectual property seminar, IP speaker series

The associate professor at Elon Law addressed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 at an October program co-sponsored by the Virginia CLE and the Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar, and he discussed "confidentiality creep" at an event hosted by Marquette Law.

Antonette Barilla delivers ethics lecture at Wake Forest Law

"Ethical Practice in the Age of Social Media and On-Line Interaction" was the title of a recent talk by Elon Law's director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation.

Elon Law dean offers media insight on judicial elections

An Oct. 10, 2016, article in the News & Record of Greensboro focused on five contested District Court seats in Guilford County and how voters should evaluate candidates. 

Tiffany Atkins serves on panel at SALT conference

A Legal Method and Communication Fellow at Elon Law, Atkins contributed to a discussion on "Breaking-In and Staying-In the Law School Community" for the Society of American Law Teachers’ annual conference.

Tom Molony published in Catholic University Law Review

The associate professor of law proposes legislation to facilitate consultation by a woman considering abortion with a physician whom she has chosen to provide her with comprehensive care, while respecting her constitutional rights.

Elon Law faculty share research at Stanford conference

Associate Professor David S. Levine and Tim McFarlin, a Legal Method and Communication Fellow at Elon Law, presented their scholarship at the 16th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference.

Heather Scavone receives N.C. Department of Health and Human Services grant

The grant will support the Refugee Assistance Program at the Elon University School of Law. 

Elon Law professor's work to be featured in ABA magazine

Antonette Barilla, director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation and a scholar of international law, will have her 2015 article on cultural diplomacy reprinted in a forthcoming “best of” edition of the American Bar Association’s GPSolo magazine.

In My Words: The con game of a constitutional amendment on taxes

Newspapers across North Carolina recently featured a guest column by Elon Law Associate Professor Andy Haile, who expressed legal and public policy concerns about a proposed amendment to the state constitution.

Chris Leupold presents on Elon Law's experiential curriculum

The school's Faculty Leadership Fellow shared with national leaders in engaged learning about Elon Law's Leadership Fellows Program and the way experiential education is integrated into the classroom.

Scott Gaylord interviewed on Georgia Public Broadcasting

The professor of law discussed "the history of states’ rights and how the balance of power has evolved over the years."

Michael Rich discusses police body cameras with Pacific Standard

Elon Law's Maurice Jennings Emerging Scholar offered a legal analysis of an ongoing public policy debate for an award-winning magazine dedicated to "forward-looking changes to private behavior and public policy."

Enrique Armijo featured in Law360 story on ESPN lawsuit

The associate professor and associate dean of Elon University School of Law shared analysis of a lawsuit filed against the sports broadcasting giant for publishing photos of an NFL player's injured hands.

Luke Bierman featured on Oklahoma Legal Group blog

The dean of Elon Law answered questions from Oklahoma attorney Adam Banner about the biggest challenges facing law students, the evolution of American legal education, and the way technology will impact criminal defense, among other topics.

Dave Levine contributes to new legal guidebook

"Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change" includes a chapter co-authored by the Elon Law associate professor along with a colleague from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. 

Michael Rich speaks at Penn Law symposium

Elon Law's Maurice Jennings Emerging Scholar took part in a May 12-13, 2016, program focused on the way technology is changing the administration of justice.

Elon Law dean published in Wall Street Journal

Luke Bierman's analysis of the Supreme Court on May 14, 2016, shows that today's political stalemate over the Merrick Garland nomination is outside the norm in American history.

Elon Law faculty featured in USA TODAY

Professor Scott W. Gaylord and Associate Professor Tom Molony authored a column in which they argue the U.S. Department of Justice would overstep its bounds by withholding funds from states whose laws on bathroom use don't align with the DOJ's interpretation of federal policies.

In My Words: Proposed law a wrong move for police camera footage

Elon Law Associate Professor Michael Rich writes for regional North Carolina newspapers about legislation that would change the way footage from police body cameras and dashboard cameras might be released to the public in North Carolina. 

In My Words: The constitutionality of HB2 revisited

Elon University School of Law faculty members Scott Gaylord and Tom Molony wrote for several regional newspapers about the way the controversial law known as HB2 might be upheld in North Carolina, and why the debate over such laws should continue regardless. 

Tom Molony presents on 'Fulfilling the Promise of Roe'

The Elon Law associate professor visited St. Thomas University School of Law in Florida to share legislative suggestions for facilitating medical consultations by women who might be considering an abortion.

David Levine delivers talk on 'confidentiality creep' at Yale

The Elon Law associate professor shared insights at the Information Society Project's 2016 spring conference "Unlocking the Black Box: The Promise and Limits of Algorithmic Accountability in the Professions."

Antonette Barilla authors article on cultural diplomacy

Elon Law's director of academic and bar support explores the idea of attorneys as "cultural translators and social mediators" in a recent edition of the American Bar Association's International Law News.

Michael Rich to serve as guest writer on Prawfsblawg

Elon University's Maurice Jennings Emerging Scholar will contribute insights and analyses to a legal blog that features a "variety of topics related to law and life."

In My Words: An open-and-shut case against HB2

Elon University School of Law Associate Professor Enrique Armijo penned a column for North Carolina's largest newspapers in which he argues that state lawmakers passed an unconstitutional law this spring by limiting the rights of local towns and counties to create nondiscrimination ordinances. 

Heather Scavone leads workshops for Kenyan law schools

The director of Elon Law's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic visited Nairobi for presentations on March 22-23, 2016, focused on her educational work and advocacy efforts in the United States. 

Henry Gabriel spearheads global Legal Guide on Contract Farming

Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel chaired the working group and was the general editor of the recently published Legal Guide on Contract Farming, a joint publication of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law.  

Scott Gaylord presents nationally on current issues in Constitutional Law

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord presented scholarship and commentary on current Constitutional Law matters at law schools, universities and legal forums in Florida, Indiana and Michigan. 

Elon Law’s Alan Woodlief on the legacy of Justice Scalia

Alan Woodlief, senior associate dean at Elon Law, writes in a February 21 News & Record column that “Justice Antonin Scalia was one of the most influential and dynamic justices to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

Elon Law faculty reflect on Justice Scalia's legacy and implications of his death

Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman and Professor Steve Friedland statements following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.