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March 29, 2012
Professor Anderson Honored with Iredell Award

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity honored and presented longtime professor Thomas P. Anderson with the 2012 Justice James Iredell Award at a gala ceremony on Wednesday, March 28, at the Cardinal Club.

Alex Couch (left, second-year), Professor Tom Anderson (center), and Sam Saunders (right, third-year)

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Since 1980 the Iredell Award has been annually presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to both the legal profession and Campbell Law School. Inspired by the life and writings of Justice Iredell, the award honors the recipient’s accomplishments, effort, and tenacity.

“If it wasn’t for the students, we would not be here,” said Anderson. “Campbell Law School has created a ‘ripple effect’ in the practice of law in North Carolina, and I appreciate you for honoring me for my part in the helping to create that ‘ripple effect’ in this state.”

Professor Anderson graduated from the University of Alabama and earned his juris doctor cum laude at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has taught trial advocacy and civil procedure to scores of practicing attorneys in North Carolina.

Prior to Campbell Law, Professor Anderson practiced law in Birmingham, Ala., arguing cases before both the state civil court of appeals and the state supreme court. Following practice, he was a Freedman Fellow at Temple Law School where he earned an LL.M. in legal education. He has taught in the Emory Law School Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques program, as well as continuing legal education courses in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

At Campbell Law, Professor Anderson coached numerous trial teams to regional championships and top-10 placements at national competitions. He received the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers prestigious Charles Becton Award for Outstanding Teaching of Trial Advocacy, and twice received the Campbell Law Outstanding Professor Teaching Award by a vote of the students. He was also the first recipient of the Campbell Law Dean’s Award for teaching. Upon his retirement as a full-time faculty member, he was named Campbell Law Professor of Law Emeritus by the Campbell University Board of Trustees.

Professor Anderson was also a founding member of the North Carolina Legal Education Assistance Foundation (LEAF), which serves as the nation's first statewide loan repayment assistance program for attorneys working in public service careers. He served on the North Carolina LEAF's Board of Directors from its founding in 1989 until his retirement prior to the 2011-12 school year.  


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




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