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April 29, 2014
Morse to receive Leadership Scholar Award

RALEIGH, N.C. - Incoming first-year student Jacob Morse has been selected to receive the Leadership Scholar Award from Campbell Law School. The award is one of three new, highly prestigious, full-tuition awards.
The Leadership Scholar Award keeps with the law school’s efforts to educate graduates who will become effective advocates and leaders for legal and social justice. Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the scholarship will be annually awarded to one incoming law student who has demonstrated leadership skills and the potential to become a leader in the law.

“I’m incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity that Campbell Law has provided me in the Leadership Scholar Award,” said Morse. “Their showing of confidence is truly humbling, and I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my life at a place with such a deeply rooted legacy in North Carolina’s legal history."

A senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morse has served the UNC-CH community in an array of leadership roles including vice president of the student body, student representative to the UNC-CH Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee and the Carolina Union Board of Directors. Morse also served on committees dealing with academic advising, commencement, academic planning, and was chair of the university’s Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor. Morse also participated in the Honors Carolina Burch Field Research Seminar in Washington, D.C., where he held an internship with Representative David Price in the United States House of Representatives.

An internal search committee comprised of leadership experience from within the Campbell Law community interviewed an impressive slate of eight finalists and ultimately selected Morse for the award. Professor Melissa Essary, who served as dean of the law school from 2006-12, led the committee alongside Colon Willoughby (L ‘79) and Anna Brinkley (L ’13). Willoughby was Wake County District Attorney from 1987-14, while Brinkley was Campbell Law’s Student Bar Association President as a third-year student in 2012-13.

“Jacob was an outstanding student leader in college,” said Essary. “In effect, he was the advocate for the student body. He led diverse groups of students on a myriad of complex issues while ultimately guiding the groups toward consensus and resolution. During the interview, Jacob’s professionalism and strength of character were evident. We look forward to great things from Jacob as he joins the Campbell Law community this fall.”  

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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