Journal of Leadership and the Law

Leadership Speakers Series

Welcome to the Leadership Speaker Series section of the Journal.  Here, you will find exerpts from speeches and roundtable discussions featuring notable attorneys and community leaders who have come to speak at Elon University School of Law.  In this issue, former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. and Maureen O'Connor, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, offer their perspectives on leadership.

Making and Taking Opportunities

A Roundtable with Maureen O'Connor

Elon Law advisory board member Mauren O'Connor Maureen Kelley O’Connor is executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). She joined BCBSNC in 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and later assumed the roles of general counsel and chief administrative officer. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1983. Ms. O’Connor  is active in the community, serving on several civic and charitable boards and is a member of Elon Law School’s Board of Advisors. 

Read excerpts from her remarks to the law school’s Leadership Fellows in September 2010.


America at its Strongest

Remarks by Harold Ford, Jr.

Harold Ford Jr. at Elon Law Harold Ford Jr. served in the Congress of the United States from 1997 to 2007, representing Tennessee’s 9th District. In doing so, he carried on the legacy of his father, Harold Ford Sr., who served in the Congress representing the same district from 1975 to 1997. Mr. Ford received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1996. As a member of Congress, Mr. Ford served as a member of the Blue Dog Caucus, and has also served as the leader of the Democratic Leadership Council. Mr. Ford authored the book More Davids than Goliaths and has worked as an analyst for Fox and MSNBC.

Read excerpts from a speech that Mr. Ford delivered as part of Elon University’s Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series on November 5, 2009.