Professor Scott Gaylord will help guide the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism in promoting “appropriate professional behavior…respect for others and a commitment to the values that underpin the rule of law and the administration of justice”.
North Carolina’s top lawyer has named an Elon Law faculty member to a commission that supports activities to develop good character and virtuous attitudes in the state’s legal community.
Chief Justice Paul Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court appointed Professor Scott Gaylord to the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, established in 1998 to “provide ongoing attention and assistance to ensure that the practice of law remains an elevated calling, dedicated to serving clients and the public good.
Gaylord’s three-year tenure will see him work closely with Newby, trial and appellate judges, and select North Carolina attorneys on programs that:
- Encourage lawyers and judges to improve the administration of justice;
- Develop professional education; and
- Expand public access to the state justice system, among other tasks
“Scott Gaylord’s unique qualifications make him an ideal choice for the commission,” Newby said. “Professor Gaylord has distinguished himself as a lawyer and as an educator. The mission of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism has always been to enhance the professionalism of North Carolina judges, attorneys, and law students, and with Professor Gaylord’s background and experience, he will be a great addition to commission.
Gaylord joined Elon Law School in 2007 and was a Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar from 2013 to 2015. Previously, he practiced at Charlotte Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, working on complex civil and commercial litigation before state and federal courts, and prior to working at the firm, he clerked for Judge Edith Jones on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gaylord’s scholarship and teaching focus on constitutional law, with particular emphasis on equal protection, due process, speech, and religious issues. His articles on the free exercise of business and First Amendment discourse have led to numerous amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court and federal circuit courts across the country.
He earned his master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where he served as editor of the law journal and received the Dean Joseph O’Meara. Reward as a salutatorian.