Who is on the ASL faculty?


Priscilla Norwood Harris

Professor Priscilla Harris
Associate Professor of Law
276-935-4349, Ext. 1225

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1986)
B.A., Florida State University (1982)

Courses Taught: Torts, Advanced Torts, Environmental Law, Conflict of Laws, Legal Process, Criminal Law<

Professor Harris has published articles in the Women's Rights Law Reporter and the National Law Journal. She chairs the Faculty Recruitment Committee and also advises the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and the Appalachian Women in Law. She has long served on the ASL Annual Gala Committee and was selected by the first-year class as Professor of the Year in 2004. Professor Harris formerly worked in the Elderly Advocate Program of Philadelphia's Community Legal Services office. She practiced civil litigation and estate planning with Reed Smith in Philadelphia and Bell Boyd in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to ASL, Professor Harris operated her own law practice in Orange Park, Fla., where she concentrated on land use, environmental law, and civil-rights litigation.
Professor Harris devotes substantial time to community service, most frequently at the Mountain Mission School, a local residential school for at-risk children. She coaches Mountain Mission's Mock Trial team, which won its regional competition for the first time in 2008. She also coaches the school's Lego Robotics team, which has won various state-level awards for several years. In 2007, she was named Lego Robotics Coach of the Year for Virginia.


  • "Undoing the Damage of the Dew," 9 Appalachian Journal of Law 53 (2009).
  • "Money, Fear and Prejudice: Why the Courts Killed Terri Schiavo," 30 Womens Rights Law Reporter 42 (2008).
  • "Hard Case, Bad Law: Schiavo and Florida Courts” National Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 40, June 16, 2008.