'Why Black Lives & the Movement Matter' – Oct. 26

The Black Law Students Association and the Student Bar Association Diversity Committee co-host a special program on Wednesday night for exploring the impact and legacy of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Why Black Lives & the Movement Matter”
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.
Elon Law Room 207


Professor Steve Friedland: Friedland is a founding member of Elon Law’s faculty. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and as an assistant director of the Office of Legal Education, National Advocacy Center, for the Department of Justice. Friedland was elected to the American Law Institute, served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council, and is a current member of the Lexis Advisory Board. He has won numerous teaching awards at several law schools over three decades and was named one of the best law teachers in America by the Harvard University Press book, “What the Best Law Teachers Do.”

Professor Robert Randolph, Jr.: Randolph is a scholar, writer and “glorified country boy” from eastern North Carolina. He is a lecturer of English and director of the Writing Center at North Carolina A&T State University. His research and teaching interests include 20th- and 21st-century African-American literature and cultural production, critical pedagogy, black masculinity criticism, black feminist and queer rhetorics. His forthcoming publication, “The Queer Poetics of Social Justice: Literacy, Affect(ion), and the Critical Pedagogical Imperative,” will appear in “Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education: A Reader,” edited by C.P. Gause.

Toussaint Romain: Romain serves as a public defender in Charlotte, North Carolina, and rose to national prominence in September when he made news for his presence at large public demonstrations following the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. He has taught criminal justice & criminology courses as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is actively involved in a number of community and nonprofit organizations. Prior to earning his law degree from Regent University in 2007, Romain worked as a researcher for the National Institute of Justice.

The Rev. Donna Vanhook: A former law enforcement officer, Vanhook previously served as specialized foster care parent for Elon Homes for Children and a Guardian ad Litem volunteer for the Alamance County Courts System. Vanhook is the current Criminal Justice Committee Chair for the Alamance County NAACP.


Tiffany D. Atkins: Atkins joined Elon Law in 2016 in the Legal Method & Communication Program. Prior to joining Elon, she was an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she represented indigent persons in domestic violence, family law, public housing, unemployment, and juvenile justice cases. Atkins has been an adjunct with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she taught Race Law, examining the interaction of race and the law in the United States, and how it was used to perpetuate and eradicate slavery and Jim Crow.