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March 13, 2014
Wake County D.A. Willoughby honored with Iredell Award

RALEIGH, N.C. - Wake County District Attorney C. Colon Willoughby, Jr., was presented the James Iredell Award last night by Campbell Law School’s Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) law fraternity. A graduate of Campbell Law’s 1979 charter class, Willoughby received the award at a reception and dinner held at the Cardinal Club in downtown.



A photo gallery of the evening is available on the Campbell Law School Facebook page at

Willoughby has served as Wake County District Attorney since 1987. Prior to public service he was an attorney at Bass, Willoughby & Haywood from 1979-86. The recipient of numerous accolades, he has received the Peter Gilchrist Award from the North Carolina Bar Association (2011), the Joseph Branch Professionalism Award from the Wake County Bar Association (2010) and the Campbell Law School Professionalism Award (2007).

Throughout his career, Willoughby has been extremely active within the profession. He is a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers, sits on the Governor’s Task Force on Racial and Religious Violence, is a past President of the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers and the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and has served on legislative study commissions reviewing law enforcement issues and insanity verdicts and bail bonds. He has also been heavily involved with the North Carolina State Bar Council, the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar, the National District Attorney’s Association Board of Directors, the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission.

Outside of the profession, Willoughby is active in the community. He has served on the Board of Governors of Summit House, Inc., is a past Director with Artspace, Inc. and NCLEAF and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Willoughby graduated with a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973, later earning a master of business administration from East Carolina University in 1975 and attending Campbell Law.

Prior to his legal career, Willoughby served as a loan administrator for Cameron Brown (1975-76) and member of the business faculty at Peace College (1977-83).

Since 1980 the James Iredell Award has been presented each year by Campbell Law’s PAD chapter to an individual who has made significant contributions to the legal profession and to Campbell Law. The award, inspired by the life and writings of Justice James Iredell, the namesake of Campbell Law’s PAD chapter, honors the recipient’s accomplishments, tenacity and effort.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School 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 3,500 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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