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January 3, 2012
Professor Sawchak Certified as Appellate Specialist by North Carolina State Bar

RALEIGH, N.C. –Professor Matt Sawchak has been certified as a specialist in appellate practice by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  He teaches civil procedure and antitrust, among other courses, at the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. 

In addition to serving on the Campbell Law faculty, Sawchak practices appeals, antitrust, and business litigation at Ellis & Winters LLP in Raleigh.  As one of his many professional activities, he has chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. 

“At Campbell Law School, we focus on developing law practice skills, as well as subject-matter knowledge, in our students,” Sawchak said.  “One of the ways we do this is by encouraging our professors to make meaningful contributions of their own to the profession.  I am grateful that the North Carolina State Bar has recognized my contributions to appellate practice.” 

To be certified as a specialist, a lawyer must be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years, must devote at least 25 percent of his practice to the specialty during the past five years, must attend continuing legal education seminars in the specialty, must be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges, and must pass a written examination in the area of practice. 

Professor Sawchak earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He earned his law degree with honors and his master of laws degree from Duke Law School.  He was the editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal

Professor Sawchak clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and in the office of the Solicitor General of the United States.



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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