Journal of Leadership and the Law

Profiles in Leadership

Welcome to the Profiles in Leadership section of the Journal. We are pleased to offer the following interviews from three outstanding lawyer-leaders in the 2012 issue: The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Judge James L. Gale, Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases, North Carolina Business Court, and Jessica Yañez '11, an attorney with Chapman Law Firm, Greensboro, N.C.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony FoxxPublic Service and Leadership

Interview with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx

The Journal of Leadership and the Law sat down with The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, during his visit to Elon University School of Law on November 13, 2012. Our discussion included his thoughts about lawyering, leadership, the current political climate and diversity in higher education.

Watch Mayor Foxx’s interview.


Judge James GaleThe Value of Integrity and Preparedness

Interview with Judge James L. Gale

In this profile, Judge James L. Gale, Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases, North Carolina Business Court, discusses the importance of integrity and preparedness, the difficulty of decision-making in the legal profession, and the leadership opportunities available at Elon Law. In 1974, Judge Gale received his J.D. and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia.

Watch excerpts from Judge Gale’s interview.


Jessica YanezLeadership in Immigration Law

Interview with Attorney Jessica Yañez

An attorney with Chapman Law Firm in Greensboro, North Carolina, Yañez '11 specializes in immigration law, handling removal-defense cases, family-based cases, Violence Against Women (VAWA), U visa cases, and derivative citizenship cases. She graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She obtained her J.D. from Elon University School of Law, where she served for two years on the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. She also was a member of the Moot Court team, as well as a case project manager for the Innocence Project. In the interview, Yañez discusses her immigration law career, leadership In immigration law, and troubling issues in the immigration law profession.

Read the interview with Yañez.