RALEIGH, N.C. - The judicial portrait of Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard was unveiled before family, friends, and colleagues at the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday, Nov. 8. The fifth dean of Campbell Law, Leonard served as a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina (EDNC) for more than 30 years prior to transitioning into his current role at the law school.
“The entire evening was an honor,” said Leonard. “While I am immensely grateful that my portrait will hang in the court, I am even more appreciative of the fact that my former clerks took the time out of their busy schedules to coordinate this celebration and share in the occasion with myself and my family.”
The event was organized by Leonard’s former law clerks, while the portrait was commissioned by both the clerks and his former staff. The reception was sponsored by the Members and Friends of the EDNC Bankruptcy Bar.
Leonard’s portrait will hang at the historic Century Station Federal Building on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, where he previously presided as a bankruptcy judge.
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