Influence: Faculty members are influencing the formation of state, national and international law and policy through scholarship and service
Members of the Elon Law faculty regularly apply their scholarship and expertise to influence law and policy. Here are five examples:
Pro Bono Representation of Death Row Inmates
Elon Law Professor Patricia Perkins’ research and service interests converge in her nearly decade long pro bono representation of North Carolina death row inmates in civil rights litigation raising constitutional challenges to the manner in which their executions will be carried out by lethal injection. With expertise in methods of execution and Eighth Amendment jurisprudence, Perkins has authored several briefs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court arguing both jurisdictional and constitutional issues. During the course of the litigation, which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, North Carolina has revised its lethal injection process including changes in the order of drug administration and the use of a bispectral index monitor.