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January 13, 2012
Campbell Law Dean Melissa Essary Visits White House Business Council with State Leaders

RALEIGH, N.C. –– Campbell Law School Dean Melissa Essary took part in a North Carolina delegation that travelled to Washington, D.C. to discuss jobs and economic growth with Senior Administration officials on Thursday, Jan. 12. Dean Essary was one of more than 30 civic, business, and educational leaders from North Carolina’s Research Triangle invited to participate in the discussions. Ari Matusiak, Executive Director of the White House Business Council, moderated the discussion. 

From left to right - Diane Kuehn (VisionPoint Marketing, President & CEO), Billie Redmond (Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, CEO),
Dean Melissa Essary (Campbell Law School), Debra Townsley (William Peace University, President)

“We had a very specific interchange with the White House Business Council,” said Dean Essary. “While it remains to be seen if any specific initiatives will result from our meeting, delegates from North Carolina felt that their specific needs and concerns were heard.” 

Dean Essary and other delegates offered the council a “boots on the ground” report regarding their thoughts on what is specifically impeding job creation and economic growth. Delegates offered concrete ideas and examples, resulting in a healthy discussion among all parties. The meeting lasted for more than four hours, with much of the discussion focused on the crucial role that technology, education, innovation, and entrepreneurship play in our country’s future economic development.  Access to capital remains a critical concern among business leaders to grow their companies and add jobs.  The housing crisis also was discussed in-depth, and the group communicated to the administration that it remains a huge impediment to enhancing consumer confidence and morale.

In addition to Dean Essary, Campbell Law graduate Anthony Biller (’97) attended the council meeting and critiqued the new patent law reform legislation.  He was invited by the administration to continue the conversation with them after the meeting. 

The entire North Carolina contingency was invited to stay and attend a press briefing on small business by President Obama on Friday morning.  


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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