Faculty - Study Abroad in South Africa
Senior Scholar and Professor of Law
Elon University School of Law
Steve Friedland is a founding member of the law school faculty who taught at the law schools of the University of Georgia, Miami, Nova Southeastern and Georgia State before coming to Elon Law. In addition to law teaching, Friedland has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and as an Assistant Director of the Office of Legal Education in the Department of Justice.
Friedland is an accomplished scholar who has published articles in such journals as the Northwestern U. Law Journal, the Duke Law Journal (online), the Washington & Lee Law Review, and the Stanford Law & Policy Review. His books on Evidence Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and Law School Teaching have been published by the West Publishing Company, Aspen Press, Lexis Publishing Company and Carolina Academic Press.
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. He is an internationally known speaker on legal education who has worked with the Japan Legal Foundation to develop law schools in Japan, and with Afghanistan law schools to improve the rule of law in that country pursuant to a USAID initiative. He has lectured to thousands of students across the country preparing for the bar exam. Friedland holds a juris doctor degree with honors from Harvard Law School, as well as a Master of Law and doctor of the science of law degrees from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Dollard Fellow in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Mercer University School of Law
Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore is a tenured associate professor at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. Her teaching and scholarship interests are in constitutional criminal law, law and literature, and experiential public service learning. When she joined the Mercer faculty in 2006, she created The Habeas Project, which provides pro bono representation in pro se cases pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia and in other cases presenting pressing constitutional issues. That clinic has briefed and argued more than 70 matters — including cases of first impression — and has won full or partial relief on behalf of many of its clients. She teaches Criminal Law, Law & Literature; Client Counseling; directs the Public Defender Externship; and enjoys teaching in summer programs both at Mercer and abroad.
Beyond her work at the law school, Professor Gerwig-Moore is active in the Macon community. She served two terms on the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, four years as chair. She was also the founding co-chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission — an organization noted for its visible progress in neighborhood revitalization and values of transparency and civic engagement.
Before joining the Mercer Law School faculty, Gerwig-Moore was the senior appellate supervising attorney at the Georgia Public Defender Council (the central office of the statewide public defender system). She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Mercer University, her Master of Theological Studies from Emory University's Candler School of Theology, and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Honors and awards include the Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award from the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section (2013); the Robert J. Benham Award Community Service Award (2011); the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia "Commitment to Justice" Award (2006); the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Case of the Year Award (2006 and 2009); Candler School of Theology's Myki Mobley Award for Academic Excellence and Social Concern (2002); and Emory Law School's Herman Dooyeweerd Prize in Law and Religion (2002). She was named to Georgia Trend's “Forty Under Forty” in 2015.
She lives in Macon with her two sons, Dean and Eliot, and their animal friends.
Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
Florence Shu-Acquaye is a professor of law and a faculty member of Shepard Broad College of Law since 2000. She teaches Business Entities, Contracts, UCC: Sales, International Sales of Goods & Arbitration, Negotiable Instruments, and Comparative Corporate Governance. She also teaches in the Master's in Health Law program (M.HL), where she has supervised over 70 student papers on various topics. In addition, she has developed and taught a course in the Master's in Education Law (M.S. Ed.L).
Professor Shu-Acquaye holds an LL.B and Maîtrise (post-graduate diploma) (both with honors) from the University of Yaoundé, an LL.M from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.M and a J.S.D from Stanford Law School. While on sabbatical in the fall of 2006, she worked in Cameroon with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), an African organization dedicated to addressing the problems faced by women with HIV/AIDS. Examples of her activities during her stay include: reviewing a proposed Model Law on STD/HIV/AIDS for West and Central Africa; reviewing an “Avant Projet de Loi Fixant Les Droits et Obligations Des Personnes Vivant avec Le VIH/SIDA” (proposed Law on the Rights and Obligations of Persons living with HIV/AIDS); reviewing, with recommendations, the implementation of some articles of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Cameroon. Based on these experiences, she then co-authored the book, “Women, the Law and HIV/AIDS: A Conundrum for the Legislature in Africa?"(Vandeplas Publishing (2008)), which further underscored her desire to draw attention to the epidemic in Africa. Professor Shu-Acquaye was a recipient of the In Focus magazine's Quiet Storm Achievement Award on August 25, 2007, for her work with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa. The following month this achievement was acknowledged and praised in a personal letter from the Supreme Court of Florida. During her 2015 sabbatical, she continued working with SWAA and amongst several other things, lobbied NGOs and government officials for a concrete follow up plan for the adoption of the Draft Law on HIV/AIDS in Cameroon. She participated in the training of Youths on Sexuality and created a basic guidance manual to assist SWAA Centre and other organizations on how to receive people with HIV/AIDS who come to their Centre/organization for assistance.
Professor Shu-Acquaye is a member of the American Bar Association, Business and International Law Divisions, the Corporate Governance Committee, as well as a member of the International Developments in Corporate Governance Committee. She has several scholarly publications and has given presentations on a variety of topics at conferences and workshops locally and internationally.
Professor of Law
Charleston School of Law
Professor Miller W. Shealy, Jr. teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, Evidence, and seminars in the Law of the Sea and white-collar crime. He also actively practices criminal law in state and federal trial courts, including corporate and white-collar criminal defense, and he represents clients in criminal and civil appeals in state and federal appellate courts. See www.MillerShealy.com.
From 1985-1987, he was an Assistant Solicitor (state prosecutor) in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office (Columbia, S.C.). From 1988 – 1995, he served in the South Carolina Attorney General's Office as an Assistant State Attorney General in the appeals division and as Section Chief of the Capital Litigation Unit. He argued over 200 cases before State appellate courts. He also briefed and argued Yates v. Evatt, 500 U.S. 391 (1991) (a capital case). From 1995 – 2005, he served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney where he coordinated a statewide corporate/investor fraud task force and served on the organized crime and drug enforcement task force (OCDETF).
He was local counsel for the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice in the investigation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, Ali Seleh Kahlah al-Marri and Jose Padilla. In 2005, he received the “Director's Appreciation Award” from the Department of Justice. From 1995-2011, he taught at the National Advocacy Center of the Department of Justice on narcotics investigation, federal criminal practice and national security.
He was one of the attorneys who represented the family of George Stinney, Jr. in 2014. George Stinney, Jr. (age 14) was the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. Stinney was executed in South Carolina in June 1944 for murder. Stinney's family struggled for years to clear his name, and in December 2014 a State Circuit Judge vacated Stinney's 70-year-old conviction. See http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/us/judge-vacates-conviction-in-1944-execution.html?_r=0.
He was Of Counsel with the Finkel Law Firm LLC from October 2015 until July 2016. Prof. Shealy is also the co-author of three books Computer and Intellectual Property Crimes (2003), South Carolina Crimes: Elements and Defenses (2009), and Criminal Procedure for South Carolina Practitioners (2011). Professor Shealy's article LOST IN D.C., concerning passage of the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty, was published in November 2012 by the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the ABA Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He has two articles: A Reasonable Doubt about “Reasonable Doubt,” 65 Okla. L. Rev. 225 (2013) and The Hunting of Man: Lies, Damn Lies, and Police Interrogations, 4 Univ. of Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 21 (2014). He received both his J.D. (May 1985) and B.A. (May 1981) degrees from the University of South Carolina.