The Leadership Program

Leadership Fellows

Class of 2016

Josh Bonney - Elon LawJoshua R. Bonney

A 2012 graduate of Elon University with a Bachelor of Communication Sciences, Bonney was named to the Dean’s List from 2009-2012 and the Academic Honor Roll for four consecutive years. Bonney has served as a volunteer with the Harris County Guardianship Volunteer Program in Houston, Texas, providing guardianship services to indigent adults determined incapacitated by Probate Courts. Bonney’s work experiences while attending Elon Law have included associate counsel, Duke Energy, summer 2014 and law clerk, Justice Robert Edmunds Jr., North Carolina Supreme Court, summer 2014. Bonney is a Presidential Scholar and a Minorities in the Profession Scholar at Elon Law. He has been named to the Dean’s List at Elon Law and is Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. Bonney played on the Elon University Men’s Varsity Basketball team for four years and served as team captain. He has held music and entertainment positions around the Houston area. His collegiate activities included serving as a phoenix outreach coordinator/counselor for four years and international study with the International Leadership & Global Advancement Initiative in Italy, Germany and Austria.

Blakeney Brown - Elon LawBlakeney C. Brown

Brown graduated from Wake Forest University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2012, where she was named to the Dean’s List from 2010-2012. In 2013, she received a Master of Studies in Law from Wake Forest University School of Law. While pursuing both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Brown was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha academic honor society, a member and assistant coach of the Wake Forest Dance Team, officer of the Black Student Alliance, officer of the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir, and a Master of Studies in Law Program Representative of the Wake Forest School of Law Student Bar Association. Brown is a McMichael Law and the Leadership Fellow at Elon Law. During her law school tenure, Brown’s internship experiences have included being a legal intern for the Gaston County District Attorney’s Office in the summer of 2014, the Dummit Fradin Law Firm in the summer of 2015, and the Greensboro Police Attorney’s Office in the fall of 2015. In addition to her work experiences, Brown has been actively involved in student organizations and initiatives at Elon Law.  She served as a student mentor during the 2014-2015 academic year, and she participated in the Lawyer on the Line program through Legal Aid of North Carolina. Currently, Brown is the Secretary for the Student Bar Association, Co-President of the Black Law Students Association, Leadership Fellow, Professionalism Chair for Phi Alpha Delta, and a student admissions ambassador.

Elon Law leadership fellow 2016Britt A. Burch

Burch majored in politics and international affairs and minored in Spanish at Wake Forest University. Burch was an active member of the student group PREPARE, which helped raise awareness about sexual assaults on campus and provided a sexual assault hotline for Wake Forest students. Burch also served in the Protégé Mentor Program, which provides an avenue for disadvantaged Americans to achieve entrepreneurial success; and Project Launch, a program designed to improve services for young children. Burch has also worked as a tutor for high school students in Anson County, NC, and as a research assistant for the Politics and International Affairs Office at Wake Forest. At Elon Law, Burch has served as a research assistant for Associate Dean Faith Rivers James, treasurer for the Black Law Students Association and Elon Law Democrats, and contributor for the online Journal of Leadership and the Law. Currently, Burch is an Elon Law admissions ambassador and co-president of the Black Law Students Association. She is an Elon JD and MBA candidate. In the summer of 2015, Burch visited several companies in England and Ireland, including Dell, Siemens and Regeneron, to expand her international business knowledge. She also externed with the City of Greensboro Attorney's Office. 

Evan Freemeyer - Elon LawEvan C. Freemyer

Freemyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State University in 2013 where he majored in Political Science and minored in Military Science and Leadership. As an undergraduate, Freemyer was a W.H. Plemmons Leader Fellow and served as the Director of Legislative Operations for the Student Government Association and Company Commander of ASU Company M-4 National Society of Pershing Rifles. Upon graduation Freemyer was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Since attending Elon Law, Freemyer has been involved in coordinating the pro bono Hospice Project, the Vice President of the Student Bar Association,  the Intellectual Property Society, and the Military Law Society. Freemyer has also interned with the Randolph County District Attorney's Office, and externed as a summer law clerk with the North Carolina Business Court and Greenville Health System of South Carolina.

Elon Law leadership fellow 2016Morgan L. Furman

Furman graduated from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Sociology. At William and Mary, Furman was a member of the Undergraduate Honor Council. Furman studied abroad in Seville, Spain, at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, where she worked with autistic teenagers. After graduating in 2011, Furman worked as a litigation paralegal at both Rawls McNelis & Mitchell, P.C. and McCandlish Holton, P.C. in Richmond, Va. She has served as a Brownie Girl Scout leader and worked as a Spanish tutor for middle and high school students. At Elon Law, Furman is the Editor in Chief of the online Journal of Leadership and the Law. In summer 2014, Furman returned to Rawls McNelis & Mitchell, P.C. as a summer associate working in medical malpractice defense. After working with refugees in the Elon Law Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, Furman decided to focus her study on immigration law, serving as an extern at Church World Service in spring 2015. In summer 2015, she externed at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Raleigh-Durham field office.

Elon Law leadership fellow 2016Camille E. Hill

Hill completed her undergraduate education at Elon University where she majored in strategic communications and played varsity softball. While at Elon University, Hill served as treasurer of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Executive Board for the Greek community. She joined the 2012-13 senior class gift giving committee as the student gifts coordinator, interned for PETA and participated in the Bateman Case Study Competition, a national case study competition for public relations students. Hill served as a new student orientation leader and was a member of the admissions student staff during her undergraduate studies. In the summer of 2014, Hill worked as a law clerk in North Carolina for both the Catawba County Attorney's Office and the City of Hickory Attorney's Office.

Elon Law leadership fellow 2016Daniel J. Lawall

Lawall is non-traditional student, returning to law school after a successful career with the U.S. government. Lawall is a 1998 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science, and a 2008 graduate of The George Washington University with a Master of Science, both degrees in computer science, specializing in information assurance and computer security. Lawall served in the U.S. Army as a member of the military intelligence corp. He also worked for the U.S. government as a research scientist and later a director of applied research and innovation, receiving honors and recognition for his service. Lawall is an Oak Scholar at Elon Law and has served as president of the Intellectual Property Society, vice-chair of the Honor Council, Dean’s Fellow and Elections Committee member. In the summer of 2015, Lawall interned with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, preparing and prosecuting patents and researching trade secrets issues. In his spare time he is a volunteer adult leader with the Boys Scouts of America.

Jennifer Meyer - Elon LawJennifer M. Meyer

Meyer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from Elon University in 2005. While at Elon University, Meyer was elected vice president of membership in the Sigma Kappa Sorority, founded and authored a weekly advice column and was a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. She went on to graduate school at NC State University in their Psychology in the Public Interest Program where she was also an undergraduate psychology instructor and focused her research on stereotypes of the mentally ill and on evaluating state-funded Medicaid managed care. Following graduate school, she worked at the biotech company Biogen Idec, working with Multiple Sclerosis patients, providers and sales team members. At Elon Law, Meyer has been on the Dean’s List every semester and is the treasurer of the Health Law and Bioethics Society. In addition, she has been a research assistant to both Professor Helen Grant and Professor David Levine since the spring of 2014. Starting in May 2015, Meyer began an internship at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in their legal department. 

Stephanie Murray - Elon LawStephanie Iris Murray

Murray earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2004 and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University in 2009. At UNCG, Murray served as president of the Sociology Club and was a resident of the International House, which housed exchange students. After graduating, Murray worked as a probation and parole officer with the N.C. Dept. of Public Safety from 2008 until 2013. At Elon Law, Murray is a Dean’s Fellow, chair and student representative of the Honor Council, treasurer of the Elder Law Society and treasurer of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. Murray volunteers in hospice clinics in Randolph County, N.C., and in the N.C. Guardian ad Litem program. While at Elon, her law practice experience includes work with Ivey, McClellon, Gatton & Talcott, LLC, the N.C. Dept. of Justice in the Attorney General's office, victims and citizens section, and the North Carolina State Bar.

Elon Law leadership fellow 2016Diane K. Pappayliou

Pappayliou graduated from Davidson College where she majored in anthropology and served as the president of Davidson’s Pre-Law Society. While at Davidson, Pappayliou was the candidate relations officer for Davidson’s Student Government Association. Pappayliou is a recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award from the West Point Society of New Jersey. Pappayliou brings service experience to Elon through her involvement with Rusk Eating House, a social and philanthropic organization aimed at empowering women in service and leadership opportunities. At Rusk Eating House, Pappayliou served as president and organized many events to advance the group’s mission. In the summer of 2014, Pappayliou interned with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Greensboro office in the public benefits unit. In 2014, she served as a student mentor for members of Elon Law’s entering class. In April 2015, Pappayliou chaired the Leadership Academy, where undergraduate student leaders from the greater Greensboro area worked together to solve community issues. In the summer of 2015, Pappayliou externed with Judge James L. Gale in the North Carolina Business Court. Pappayliou has been named to the Dean's List at Elon Law. She is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Elon Law Review, Vice President of the Women’s Law Association, and a research assistant to Associate Dean Andy Haile.

Elon Law leadership fellow 2016Jessica D. Richardson

Richardson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While at UNC, Richardson was recognized as a Pogue Scholar and was inducted into the National Biology Honor Society. Richardson is the founder and director of Assets for Sustainability, where she helps domestic violence survivors and homeless families gain economic independence and economic sustainability. Richardson served as an intern for GlaxoSmithKline and was recognized as a GlaxoSmithKline Woman in Science Scholar. She has volunteered in Greensboro as Guardian Ad Litem, a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children; and in Chapel Hill as a program co-counselor for the Communiversity After-School Program, an organization that provides academic and cultural programs for local children.