Elon Law’s Leary Davis speaks at international law and leadership program in Washington, D.C.

Leary Davis, Elon Law's founding dean emeritus, was a faculty member at the seventh annual Law and Leadership Summer Program (LLSP) in Washington, D.C., held July 6-24 and hosted by KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.

The program, which brings together a student body of Muslim women lawyers, educators, activists, and students from around the world, is designed to equip participants with the legal and leadership knowledge and skills needed to create change in their countries.

To further this goal, and as an extension of Elon Law’s mission to develop leaders in the legal profession, Davis led a two hour workshop on “Self-awareness, Assessment for Development, Gender and Change.”

Davis said of his experience with KARAMAH: “It was a pleasure and honor to work with such outstanding women from eight countries who are leading efforts for positive change. LLSP is a major tool in the efforts of Karamah and its founder, Azizah al-Hibri, to empower Muslim women to address and peacefully eradicate social ills in their home communities and around the world.”

Dr. al-Hibri taught in Elon Law’s Constitutions Across Cultures 2009 Winter Term course.

In addition to joining an impressive roster of presenters and educators participating in LLSP, including various members of Congress; law professors from Harvard and the University of Virginia; and faculty members from the Center for Creative Leadership and Wharton School of Business, Davis was also named a Director of KARAMAH.

Davis speaks with participants in the Law and Leadership program of Karamah

KARAMAH is a charitable, educational organization that focuses on the domestic and global issues of human rights for Muslim women, founded upon the ideal that education, dialogue, and action can counter the dangerous and destructive effects of ignorance, silence, and prejudice.

Davis was honored recently by the N.C. Bar Association with that organization’s highest honor, the Judge John J. Parker Award, for his remarkable leadership and contributions to the legal profession. He was only the 32nd recipient of the award in 50 years.

Leary Davis