Eloise McCain Hassell hails from Wilson, North Carolina. She is married to the Honorable A. Robinson Hassell, who currently serves as a Judicial Outreach Liaison with the American Bar Association Judicial Division (and formerly served as N.C. Industrial Commissioner, N.C. Superior Court Judge, and N.C. District Court Judge); they are the proud parents of two daughters. Eloise graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in History and from Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctor.
Eloise has served the legal profession as an Agency Legal Specialist in the N.C. Department of Human Resources, as an Assistant District Attorney in Raleigh, N.C. and as an Assistant Public Defender in both Greenville, N.C. and in Greensboro, N.C. Eloise is certified as a N.C. Superior Court Mediator (inactive), N.C. District Court Arbitrator, and in matters before the N.C. Clerk of Superior Court (inactive), as well as a Certified Postal Service REDRESS Mediator. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Elon Law School. She served, for over a decade, as a volunteer Attorney Preceptor at Elon Law school (a program for first-year law students). She was awarded the 2011 Elon Law School Student Bar Association Outstanding Service to Students Award. Eloise is a former Chair of the Greensboro Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section and former President of its Young Lawyers Section.
Eloise has received 2016 UNCG Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Disciplinary Honors Award (from the Lloyd International Honors College), the 2003 UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, the 2006 UNCG Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for Faculty Service, and the 2020, 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, and 1998 UNCG Bryan School Teaching Excellence Award. She was awarded the 2010 National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) Excellence in Teaching Award and the 1999 UNCG Greek Leadership Educator of the Year Award. In 2018, she was recognized by UNCG Division of Enrollment as a Faculty Champion of Student Success, and in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2012, and 2011 she was inducted into the Greensboro Bar Association Herb Falk Society for her pro bono service. In 2020, 2019 and 2018 was included in the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society for her volunteer legal work. She was chosen by the Greensboro Bar Association to receive the 2013 Centennial award in recognition for Outstanding and Exemplary Community Service. YES! Weekly named her the 2013 Triad’s Best College Instructor. In 2021 a new endowed Eloise McCain Hassell UNCG Teaching Excellence Award was created by a UNCG Alumnus in support of Outstanding Teaching on campus.
Eloise is a member of the NC State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Guilford Inn of the American Inns of Court, the Greensboro Bar Association, and the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors. She is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and in the United States Middle District. In 2014 she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and in 2022 She was admitted to practice before the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.