Journal of Leadership and the Law

Elon Law Faculty Spotlight: Dean Steve Friedland

By Janelle Wendorf L'Dec.'17

Since being a founding facility member of Elon Law, Dean Steve Friedland has continuously lead the school in a positive direction, creating change to better the school for the students. Before beginning his work at Elon Law, Friedland’s work included serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, working within the Department of Justice, and teaching law students at various law schools. Since coming to Elon Law, Friedland has served in a variety of roles, including, Professor of Law, Senior Scholar, Director of the Center of Engaged Learning, and most recently, Associate Dean for Innovation in Engaged Learning.

Friedland’s innovative approach to teaching law students is well-recognized in the legal community. He is a national leader and speaker on law school teaching. Additionally, Friedland’s teaching style correlates with his heavily involvement in international law school development, particularly in Japan and Afghanistan. As the Associate Dean for Innovation in Engaged Learning, Friedland has taken on the work of identifying, assessing, and prompting more effective ways to teach and prepare students for the legal profession. 

Friedland devotes countless hours to his students; offering office hours to student on a variety of subjects, advising students on course and career plans, and serving as a reference on job applications. Often referred to as students’ favorite professor, it is evident that Friedland’s devotion is appreciated. His hands-on approach to learning is unique to find in a legal setting.

With numerous publications, books, and an impressive resume, Elon Law is lucky to have faculty members like Friedland. The Leadership Fellows are encouraged by Friedland’s leadership at Elon and in the Greensboro community.