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
B.A., Florida State University

Courses Taught: Advanced Torts, Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Public Health Law, and Torts

Since 2001, Professor Priscilla Harris has taught at the Appalachian School of Law. ASL is located in southwestern Virginia, part of Central Appalachia. At ASL, she developed an interest in the health of the people in the region. In the fall of 2010, she was awarded an 18-month long grant for $149,900 to conduct research concerning beverages and oral health. This research was funded by Public Health Law Research (PHLR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As part of the research grant, Professor Harris created a research team composed of law students from ASL and graduate students from East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health.

Professor Harris has written law review articles about various public health issues. She was selected by the first-year class as Professor of the Year in 2004. In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Harris chairs the Faculty Recruitment and Special Projects Committees. She also spends time with ASL student organizations, including its winning Co-ed Softball Team, Appalachian Women in Law, and Phi Alpha Delta, a legal fraternity that hosts an annual Halloween Carnival. In addition, she devotes time to community service at the Mountain Mission School (MMS), a local residential school for at-risk children. At MMS, she has coached its successful Mock Trial Teams and its FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Teams which have gone to state ten of the past eleven years. In 2007, she was named Virginia FLL Coach of the Year.

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 and Lloyd (now K&L Gates LLP) in Washington, D.C. as well as later working at the Michigan Court of Appeals in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to coming to ASL, Professor Harris operated her own law practice in Orange Park, Florida, where she concentrated on land use, environmental law, and civil-rights litigation.


  • "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.