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October 10, 2011
Campbell Law School Hosts NCBA Appellate Rules Committee

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School hosted an October 7, 2011, special meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. Guest speakers were Circuit Judges James A. Wynn, Jr., and Albert Diaz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


      (L to R) 1L Richard Gay, Judge Albert Diaz, Dean Melissa Essary, Judge James Wynn,
      1L Eric Neal, and 1L Anthony Harris.

The judges described the process of how the court handles its docket of cases, including how the court chooses cases for oral argument. In addition, the judges offered advice to first-year civil procedure students who were invited to attend.  The judges encouraged the students to set long-term career goals and to uphold high standards of professionalism, even during their student days.  

Judge Sanford L. Steelman, Jr., of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, a member of the Appellate Rules Committee, participated in the meeting. 

Campbell Law School Professor Matt Sawchak also participated in the meeting.  Sawchak is a longtime member and a former chairman of the committee.  The committee makes recommendations to the North Carolina Supreme Court on possible amendments to the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure. 

A reception followed the meeting in the law school’s grand reception foyer, where the students and practicing members of the N.C. State Bar had the opportunity to visit further with the judges. 

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 25 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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