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Elon Law professor awarded 2019 Legal Writing Scholarship Grant

Assistant Professor Tiffany Atkins L'11 received funding to research how young law students’ beliefs on social justice and equality, fiscal conservatism, and a desire to make a difference will change the landscape of legal education.

Elon Law professor talks gerrymandering in media reports

Professor and Senior Scholar Steve Friedland spoke with WGHP FOX 8 and WXII12 about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that keeps federal courts out of legislative redistricting based on partisanship.

Elon Law scholar co-authors textbook on information law

Associate Professor David S. Levine's "Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity," written with Sharon K. Sandeen of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, is the first textbook of its kind to suggest a holistic approach for attorneys handling questions related to privacy, data breaches, government transparency and more.

Elon scholars: 'Judge shopping' in sex discrimination cases may be for naught

New research by Catherine Dunham and Chris Leupold finds that neither a federal judge's gender, race, nor political appointment appears to impact his or her approach to evaluating Title VII lawsuits. Age? That's (possibly) an issue.

Elon Law scholar: Regulating fetal remains disposal passes muster

Before the U.S. Supreme Court upheld part of an Indiana law regarding abortion, Professor Tom Molony published in the Florida Law Review that previous court rulings "leave states with a great deal of latitude to regulate abortion in a manner aimed at protecting potential life."

Elon Law welcomes new faculty for 2019-20

Assistant Professors Tiffany Atkins L'11 and Vanessa Zboreak will add to Elon Law's Legal Method & Communication Program while Assistant Professor Katherene "Kathy" Conner begins direction of the law school’s Residency-in-Practice Program.

Elon Law honors retiring faculty members

Professors, students and alumni paid tribute to James G. Exum Jr., Margaret Kantlehner and Peter T. Hoffman in a Friday afternoon ceremony that celebrated their career highlights and prolific contributions to Elon Law.

Elon Law dean: Bigger ideas needed in legal education

"Audacious is Not a Four Letter Word: Is Bold Big Enough for Legal Education?" by Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman in The University of Toledo Law Review encourages law schools to "develop a culture of distinctiveness" to address legal education's concerns about relevance, sustainability and value.

Elon Law educator invited to NCBA leadership program

Marissa Meredith, a Legal Method and Communication Fellow, is one of 16 attorneys participating in the 2019 North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy for emerging legal leaders who want to enhance interpersonal and communication skills.

Board of Trustees promotes two Elon Law scholars 

Enrique Armijo and Thomas J. Molony were among the Elon University faculty promoted to full professor on March 11 by the university's Board of Trustees.

Elon Law scholar awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law 

During his time at the University of Trento next spring, Professor Henry Gabriel will teach undergraduates and doctoral students in the university’s renowned program in comparative law.

Taleed El-Sabawi to join the Elon Law faculty

A scholar in the area of mental health and addiction policies, Assistant Professor Taleed El-Sabawi will teach property law and other courses that relate to her expertise in health services management and policy when she begins her new role full time at the end of May.

Elon Law administrator honored by NYU BALSA

Associate Dean Wendy Scott was among the honorees at a New York City gala where her law school alma mater's Black Allied Law Student Association recognized alumni "whose contributions to the field of law and beyond have inspired us as students."

The Conversation: ‚ÄčTrump calls border a 'crisis of the soul': 3 scholars react to his Oval Office address

In this piece written for The Conversation, Enrique Armijo, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor at Elon Law, offers insight into the recent Oval Office address by President Donald Trump.

Elon Law scholar predicts N.C. justice trends for regional newspapers

Associate Dean Enrique Armijo discussed in the state's two largest newspapers the results of recent elections after Democrats won seats on the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the state’s Court of Appeals, and district attorney and sheriff's office races in large metropolitan areas.

Elon Law scholar reelected to UNIDROIT

Professor Henry Gabriel will continue his service to an intergovernmental organization based in Rome that aims to modernize and coordinate international commercial law.

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.