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October 25, 2012
Professors Lukasik, Sawchak Published in North Carolina Law Review

RALEIGH, N.C. – The September 2012 issue of the North Carolina Law Review features two scholarly articles by Campbell Law School faculty members. Assistant Professor Lisa Lukasik authored Deconstructing a Decade of Charter School Funding Litigation: An Argument for Reform, while Practitioner in Residence Matt Sawchak authored Defining Unfairness in “Unfair Trade Practices” with Kip D. Nelson.

Lukasik’s scholarship analyzes the ongoing public funding disputes between North Carolina’s traditional and charter public schools. It proposes revisions to the state’s charter school funding statute to eliminate the basis for these disputes and to resolve confusion about schools’ entitlement to local public funds.

Sawchak and Nelson’s article analyzes the unfairness theory under North Carolina’s “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” statute. The authors offer a solution to the current unpredictable application of the statute. They suggest that courts renew the practice of taking guidance from section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Both articles are available via the North Carolina Law Review website at

Lukasik teaches courses in public school law and special education law, among others, at Campbell Law. She received the 2011-12 Campbell Law Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research based upon her contributions to legal scholarship in the area of public school law. In December 2011, Business Leader Magazine named her a Triangle Woman Extraordinaire in recognition of her leadership and service to the legal profession.

Lukasik earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Sheearned her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. As a student she was a published member of the North Carolina Law Review, founding editor of the North Carolina Banking Institute Publication, and an Honors Writing Scholar.

Prior to Campbell Law, Lukasik served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, practiced education law at Tharrington Smith LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Willis P. Whichard, former dean of Campbell Law, on the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Sawchak teaches civil procedure and antitrust, among other courses, at Campbell Law. In addition to serving on the law school 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. He is a State Bar-certified specialist in appellate practice.

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, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal

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



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