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June 25, 2014
Benton named NCBA President-Elect

RALEIGH, N.C. - Shelby Duffy Benton, a 1985 Campbell Law graduate, has been named president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). She was elected at the organization’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 21, in Wilmington.

Benton is the first Campbell Law graduate to serve the NCBA in this capacity.

“We are thrilled for Shelby to serve in this role,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Her record of professionalism and service position her as the perfect person to lead the NCBA. She is exactly the type of professional that all of our graduates should aspire to be.”

Benton, who resides in Goldsboro and practices at Benton Family Law, was certified as a family law specialist in 1995. She will assume the role of NCBA President in June 2015 at the organization’s annual meeting in Asheville.

Benton has previously served the NCBA in a variety of leadership roles, including chairing the Family Law Section in 2009-10 and on the NCBA Board of Governors from 2010-13. She also previously served as a past president of the Wayne County Bar Association and the 8th Judicial District Bar.

Active in the community, Benton’s activities include co-founder and past-president of the youth volleyball organization Wayne Area Volleyball Enthusiasts (WAVE), chair of the Wayne County Criminal Justice Partnership Advisory Board, the Carver Elementary School Advisory Board, and the Spring Creek High School Advisory Board. She was also a Girl Scout troop leader from 1992-97.

Benton has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including the NCBA’s 2012 Citizen Lawyer Award and the 2012 Litigation Practitioner Award at the Women of Justice awards.

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 3,650 alumni, including more than 2,500 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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