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March 17, 2014
Bridges named to N.C. Bar Association Leadership Academy

RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law Assistant Dean of Administration Ulmer Zack “Zeke” Bridges, III, has been named to the North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy’s Class of 2014. Bridges is one of 17 new members to the academy.

“I am honored to have been selected for the Leadership Academy,” said Bridges. “It is my hope that this experience will help me to better represent and serve Campbell Law School in the local legal community, and I look forward to working with and learning from my peers in this class.”

The mission of the Leadership Academy is to help young lawyers become more effective leaders in any and all communities in which lawyers regularly have calls or opportunities for leadership.

In addition to Bridges, three Campbell Law graduates – Mark T. Cummings (L ’07), William A. Oden, III (L’ 04) and Melissa K. Walker (L’ 05) – are also included in the class. Over the past two years, eight Campbell Law graduates have joined the N.C. Bar Leadership Academy.

As assistant dean of administration, Bridges serves as the law school’s chief financial officer and oversees human resources, the physical facility, technology, student life and pro bono services. He joined the law school administration as the director of mentorship, establishing the Connections mentorship program from the ground up, soliciting mentors, assisting mentees, and managing the program through the spring 2014 pilot phase. He was elevated to his current role in Jan. 2014.

A 2003 Campbell Law graduate, Bridges brings nearly 10 years of private practice experience into his role at the law school. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.

A native of Blakely, Ga., Bridges obtained an associate of arts degree from Young Harris College in 1997, followed by earning two B.A. degrees in political science and criminal justice from the University of Georgia in 1999. He then attended Campbell Law School, where he served as Campbell Law Student Bar Association President in 2003, law library assistant, and a law school ambassador. Bridges was also active with the Campbell Law Observer, Christian Legal Society, and Men’s Legal Caucus, and was a research assistant for Webster’s Real Estate Law in North Carolina. He collected both the Howard Christian Citizenship Award and the David Teddy Innovative Leadership and Service Award. Bridges was also named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

Following graduation from Campbell Law, Bridges founded Bridges Law Firm, PLLC, in Cary, N.C. In October 2009 he co-founded Western Wake Law Group, focusing primarily on contract drafting, estate planning, and real estate while serving as managing partner at the firm’s principal office. He is active in the legal profession, holding memberships in the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, North Carolina State Bar, Tenth Judicial District Bar, North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), Wake County Bar Association, The Susie Sharp Inn of Court, and National Legal Mentoring Consortium. He serves on the NCBA Professionalism Committee, Wake County Bar Association & Tenth Judicial District Bar’s Professionalism Committee, and is co-chair of the Mentoring Subcommittee. Bridges is also immensely active in his local community, serving with Prevent Child Abuse N.C., Lawyer on the Line, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Cary Association, New Waverly Place Board of Directors, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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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