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May 10, 2011
Hetrick Receives Campbell’s Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Pat Hetrick, professor of law at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has received the law school’s Dean’s Excellence in Teaching award.

A law professor for more than four decades, Hetrick began his teaching career at Marquette University where he served as law professor and associate university legal counsel. He joined the Campbell law faculty in 1978, two years after the school was founded and served as dean of the law school from 1987-1998.
“In all, Hetrick has taught over 4,000 law graduates, including a vast majority of Campbell lawyers,” said Melissa Essary, current dean of the Campbell Law School. “His zany and unorthodox teaching methods, including using a platoon of hand puppets, wearing costumes to class and weaving an offbeat sense of humor into daily lessons have definitely resulted in student success. He is constantly innovating and emphasizing the role and serious responsibility of the student as a self-motivated expert learner and future member of the bar.”
Hetrick pioneered as one of the first professors to teach a clinical course, Fair Employment Law. He has taught labor and education and advanced real property, areas in which he is considered a leading expert. Hetrick also developed and teaches the first completely online course at the law school, a series of lectures and problems in advanced real property law.
About Campbell Law School: Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The School has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 22 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit 

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