Elon University School of Law

Elon University School of Law, located in Greensboro, N.C., appointed three new faculty members. Sonya Garza and David Levine will serve as assistant professors of law, specializing in family law and intellectual property law respectively. Roland Smith, a member of the faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, will serve as professor of leadership, a visiting faculty position for the 2009-10 academic year.

Garza joins the Elon law faculty after serving on the faculty of the New England School of Law since 2005, where she taught Constitutional Law, Family Law and Children and the Law. She has also served as assistant professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Levine, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS), focuses his scholarship on the operation of intellectual property law at the intersection of technology and public life and intellectual property law's impact on public transparency. Levine founded and hosts Hearsay Culture on KZSU-FM (Stanford University), a technology and intellectual property law interview radio show/podcast that was chosen as one of the top five podcasts in the American Bar Association's Blawg 100 of 2008. Prior to becoming a law professor, Levine gained extensive intellectual property, entertainment and commercial litigation experience as an associate in the Manhattan offices of Pryor Cashman LLP and Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP and as an assistant corporation counsel for the City of New York.

Smith is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), leading the Center's legal sector practice group. He is one of the lead designers and trainers for CCL and is the lead researcher relative to legal sector initiatives. He is experienced in working with in-house counsel, executive committees, practice groups and regional law offices. Smith leads CCL's current research focused on senior lawyer-leaders, having published “The Changing Nature of Leadership in Law Firms” in 2009. In addition to his work with attorneys, Smith has provided leadership training for doctors, scientists, engineers, accountants and corporate executives. He has taught entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and human resource management at Albertson College of Idaho. Smith received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boise State University and his doctorate in Organizational Learning from the University of Idaho.