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.
Public 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.
The 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.
Leadership 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.