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February 23, 2012
Campbell Law Advocacy Programs Shine in Regional Competitions

RALEIGH, N.C. - This past weekend proved to be a big one for Campbell Law advocacy programs, as a pair of students won a client counseling regional competition, while a trial competition team advanced to the quarterfinals at another event. 

Ben Greenberg and Amanda Hannon collected a regional championship at the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Regional Competition in Washington, D.C., hosted by the George Mason School of Law. The Campbell Law duo competed against groups from 11 other law schools, including institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Greenberg and Hannon finished the preliminary rounds at the top of the field, eventually besting teams from the University of North Carolina and the University of Richmond en route to collecting the title. 

The win advances Greenberg and Hannon to the national competition, which will be held in nearby Durham, N.C., March 16-17. The winner of that competition will then move on to the 2012 International Client Consultation Competition in Dublin, Ireland in April. 

Coached by Professor Dick Bowser, the duo participated in a competition that seeks to simulate an initial law office consultation whereby a client poses a legal concern. The competitors are then judged on their ability to counsel and provide sound legal advice based on the facts presented. 

“The competition is designed to focus on the lawyering skills of interviewing and counseling,” said Professor Bowser. “Amanda and Ben have natural talents in those areas. Those natural talents have been sharpened by the program of legal education here at Campbell Law. 

“They have represented the school well in this competition, and we’re proud of them.  I have every reason to believe that they will serve their clients and communities well in their careers as lawyers, and we will be proud of them for years to come.”

In addition to Greenberg and Hannon, two Campbell Law teams competed at the regional competition of the National Trial Competition (NTC) hosted by the University of Memphis School of Law, in Memphis, Tenn. The regional, which stands as one of the largest of all NTC events, included 32 teams total. Maria Sotelo and Andrew Shores went undefeated throughout the first two rounds against teams from the University of South Carolina and the University of Tennessee, before narrowly falling in the third round to Charlotte. Ashlee Burgess and Lauren Raynor made it through three rounds by downing combos from the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, and the University of North Carolina. Burgess and Raynor advanced to the top eight before being defeated by a group from Wake Forest that ultimately went on to win the competition. 

The NTC trial competition exposes competitors to the rigors of trial practice in civil cases.  This year’s case involved a high speed vehicular accident which resulted in the death of the passenger.  The trial primarily centered on questions concerning causation and the reasonableness of the actions of the drivers involved.  

 

ABOUT CAMPBELL LAW:

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 overall 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 http://law.campbell.edu.

 

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