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April 6, 2017
Dean Leonard lends name to letter sent to congressional leaders

RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard is one of more than 160 law school deans urging congressional leaders to continue support of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). A nonprofit corporation funded by Congress, the LSC promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high quality civil legal assistance to financial challenged Americans.

The letter, sent on March 23 and signed by 166 law school deans, was mailed to the Chairs of the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and the Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, & Related Agencies.

“Public service and access to justice have long been hallmarks of Campbell Law, as well as my own personal career,” said Leonard. “The reality is acquiring legal representation is an insurmountable task for many honest, hardworking Americans. This was never the intent. I stand with my colleagues in urging for strong support of the Legal Services Corporation now more than ever.”

The letter touts funding for the LSC as a wise public investment, nothing that civil legal services can aid children in leaving foster care, reduce unjust foreclosures and evictions and help end cycles of domestic violence. The contributing law school deans represent a wide assortment of public and private institutions of all sizes throughout the country.
You can read the letter sent to congressional leaders in its entirety here.

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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