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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.  

Elon Law professor analyzes new “Ag-Gag” law

Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo explained on WFDD radio why North Carolina’s new Property Protection Act, allowing companies to sue whistleblowers who conduct undercover investigations, is likely to be struck down in federal court. 

Battling “rogue employees” under the guise of cyberespionage?

Elon Law Professor David Levine details the evolving rationale for federal trade secrets legislation and says the bill creates more harm than good, no matter the arguments presented in favor of it. 

Scott Gaylord authors U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief 

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord has authored a United States Supreme Court "friend of the court" brief opposing the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act. 

Elon Law scholar on machines as crime fighters

Elon Law Professor Michael Rich’s article “Machines as Crime Fighters—Are You Ready?” in the winter 2016 edition of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice magazine, examines legal and practical challenges to the automated prediction of criminals. 

Antonette Barilla on the international impact of MLK

In an Elon Law Now commentary, Prof. Antonette Barilla writes that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impact internationally is significant, but often under-appreciated. 

Michael Rich featured for best new legal scholarship

Elon Law Professor Michael Rich is featured in a journal devoted to identifying "the best new scholarship relevant to the law" for his forthcoming University of Pennsylvania Law Review article on law enforcement's use of "big data."

Hannah Vaughan authors article on lawyers’ obligation to deaf clients

Elon Law Professor Hannah Vaughan, director of the Law School’s Elder Law Clinic, authored “Falling On Deaf Ears: Lawyers’ Obligation to Provide Sign Language Interpreters for Deaf Clients.” Vaughan’s article appears in the December issue of Gray Matters, a publication of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder and Special Needs Law Section. 

Antonette Barilla presents on strategies for law school success

Elon Law Professor Antonette Barilla proposed measures for law school educators to maximize millennial students’ learning and achievement at the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals Conference.

David Levine publishes scholarship on trade secrecy legislation

Elon Law Professor David Levine’s article detailing weaknesses of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and its relationship to cybersecurity was published Dec. 1 in the Washington and Lee Law Review Online

Elon Law Professor David Levine leads law scholars' effort to improve federal cyberespionage response

Elon Law Professor David Levine coauthored a Nov. 17 letter to Congress, signed by 42 law and technology scholars, opposing passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (DTSA) on grounds that it inadequately addresses cyberespionage while creating greater problems in legal and economic spheres. 

The value of public views on judicial system's fairness and impartiality 

Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman, a member of the N.C. Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, says new polling results can inform efforts led by the state’s Chief Justice to strengthen North Carolina’s judicial system.

Elon Law professor provides analysis of refugee resettlement process

Elon Law Professor Heather Scavone, the director of the Law School's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, shed light on international and U.S. procedures for screening refugees in an interview with WGHP FOX8 News.

Faith Rivers James presents on leadership development for law students 

Faith Rivers James, Elon Law’s associate dean for experiential learning and leadership, and professor of law, presented on Elon Law’s pioneering leadership program this week in Georgia, at both a scholar/practitioner workshop and a national conference.

Elon honors Dean Emeritus George R. Johnson, Jr. 

Professor George R. Johnson, Jr., who served as dean of Elon University School of Law from 2009 to 2014, was named Dean Emeritus on Nov. 2 at a special ceremony that included the unveiling of Johnson’s portrait. 

Cyberlaw professors oppose CISA

Elon Law Professor David S. Levine was joined by 20 cyberlaw and cybersecurity professors and researchers in calling for the U.S. Senate to reject the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act ("CISA"). Their Oct. 26 letter points to legal and privacy issues arising from the legislation and the bill's weaknesses in advancing solutions to cybersecurity challenges.

Michael Rich featured in Elon President's Report

Elon Law Professor Michael Rich discusses his scholarship on emerging technologies and predictive models for crime in the 2015 Elon University President's Report. 

Elon Law Professor Exum honored for impacts on law and policy

Elon Law professor and retired Supreme Court Chief Justice James G. Exum, Jr., was recognized for improving the state’s justice system, developing alternatives to litigation and advancing the idea of lawyers as peacemakers at the Oct. 13 unveiling of his official portrait to be hung inside the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Scott Gaylord analyzes case involving state-funded private school scholarships

Elon Law Professor Scott Gaylord provides analysis of a recent N.C. Supreme Court decision for The Federalist Society's StateCourtsGuide.com.

Eric Fink op-ed "Protect 'on-demand' workers" published in Greenville News and News & Record

Elon Law Prof. Eric Fink writes that recent consumer savings and rising profit for companies like Uber, resulting from on-demand transportation apps, are being realized through reduced labor protections and employee benefits "borne by workers, out-of-sight and out-of-mind to the public that enjoys their services and the companies that profit from them."

App-based on-demand services: the impact on workers 

In an Elon Law Now commentary, Professor Eric Fink, a labor and employment law expert, examines the impacts on workers of on-demand services like Uber and Taskrabbit. 

Elon Law Prof. Henry Gabriel advances international focus on financing and contract farming

Elon Law Professor Henry Gabriel presented a paper Sept. 9 at the Oxford University Faculty of Law on the international financing of agricultural, construction and mining equipment. The paper will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Cape Town Academic Law Review

White-collar crimes crackdown? 

In an Elon Law Now commentary, Professor Michael Rich applauds new policy changes at the U.S. Department of Justice developed to pursue white-collar crimes more aggressively, but questions the depth of impact those changes will have. 

 

Fight cyber-espionage, but don’t damage trade secrecy law

Elon Law Professor David Levine kicked off Elon’s Technology and Law Speakers Series on Sept. 2 with a discussion featuring insights about evolving federal legislation designed to tackle cyber-espionage but threatening to deteriorate trade secrecy law. 

Same-sex marriage in the county clerks’ offices

In an Elon Law Now commentary, Professor Enrique Armijo examines developing laws aimed at allowing government officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages.