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March 29, 2017
Ogletree Deakins offers funding for trial competition team

RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced today that Ogletree Deakins will provide financial support for a team of student advocates to compete at the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition, April 1-2, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This marks the fourth Campbell Law advocacy program team that Ogletree Deakins has financially supported since 2014.

Campbell Law student advocates finished as championship finalists a year ago at the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition.

“Ogletree Deakins is a longtime supporter of the Campbell Law trial advocacy program, having paved the way for several of our teams,” said Leonard. “We’re beyond appreciative of their support, which has resulted in meaningful and impactful experiences and learning opportunities for numerous Campbell Law students throughout the years.”

The Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition is a one-of-a-kind federal civil mock trial competition. Hosted annually in Puerto Rico, the competition is limited to 14 select advocacy schools from across the United States. Competition rounds are judged by esteemed courtroom lawyers who practice in Puerto Rico and the final round is presided over by an associate justice of the Puerto Rican Supreme Court.

One of the country’s leading labor and employment law firms, Ogletree Deakins has offices throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and in Europe. Robert A. Sar, a 1995 Campbell Law graduate and Campbell Law Board of Visitors member, serves as the managing shareholder of the firm’s Raleigh office. For more information visit

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 twice received the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association, honoring its First-Year Professionalism Development Series in 2003 and the Connections mentorship program in 2016. The school has also been recognized 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




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