RALEIGH, N.C. - In September 2015 prominent Raleigh attorney G. Eugene “Gene” Boyce cemented the future success of student advocates at Campbell Law School with a gift exceeding $8 million dollars to establish the G. Eugene Boyce Center of Advocacy. The three courtrooms that comprise the Boyce Center of Advocacy are currently in the midst of significant technological updates, funded in large part by a successful campaign to name two of the three courtrooms for veteran federal trial judges Frank Dupree and Earl Britt.
To date, Campbell Law has spent more than $420,000 dollars to equip all three courtrooms with state of the art technology in an effort to produce tomorrow’s leading advocates regardless of courtroom setting.
“One of my main goals as dean has been to make our advocacy program the strongest in the nation, and this is a critical step,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard.
Campbell Law tapped industry-leading design and technology vendors for the massive overhaul, including Diversified and Thorburn Associates, Inc., a national award winning design and engineering firm specializing in the collaborative practice of Acoustically Integrated Architecture.
Historically strong, Campbell Law’s advocacy program has achieved national prominence under the direction of assistant professor Dan Tilly. Over the course of the past five years, Campbell Law student advocates have amassed an impressive list of hardware, including three national championships, three national runners up, seven national semifinalists, four regional championships and eight national individual best advocate awards.
“Today’s courtroom lawyer must be technologically savvy,” said Tilly. “Modern evidence increasingly comes in electronic form. Videos, emails, internet posts and the like are the norm in modern trials. We have always been committed to training lawyers in effective advocacy. Our courtroom upgrades will place Campbell Law at the forefront of training lawyers on how to use technology in the courtroom effectively and persuasively.”
Each courtroom will have the ability to share content via wireless and wired solutions to five flat panel displays, a display at each attorney table and two multi-touch annotation monitors. A document camera will be installed for evidence presentation and provide connections for use of the TrialPad app. A recording system will be in place to capture multiple images for review by the students as well as individually with the professor. Professors will have the ability use a tablet to control the recording system and mark pre-set tabs with searchable metadata in the recording to allow instant playback for instruction purpose. The audio visual system will be controlled via a Crestron touch panel located at the judge’s bench.
Wall mounted speakers will be replaced with in-ceiling speakers. A Biamp DSP will route source audio and eight microphones to the Crown amplifiers that will be powering the speakers, as well as to the recording system and an assistive listening system by Listen Technologies. Events in each courtroom will be able to be streamed online.
Each accompanying jury room will have a 60” Sharp AQUOS interactive display with a dedicated PC and web camera which will allow for the review of court proceedings and also serve as a smart whiteboard and video teleconference space. The law school is also adding audio/video functionality to the reception area and director’s office in the advocacy suite.
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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 3,900 alumni, including more than 3,000 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 http://law.campbell.edu.
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