Campbell Law School

N.C. Attorney General Stein to give commencement address


North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will deliver the commencement address at Campbell Law School’s 39th annual hooding and graduation ceremony on Friday, May 12. The celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

In prior years Stein has served as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell Law, teaching courses in Election law, Consumer Protection and State Legislative Policymaking.

“I’m honored to address Campbell’s newest law school graduates,” said Attorney General Stein. “We will always need bright, energetic, public-spirited attorneys to protect our citizens and the rule of law. I look forward to celebrating this important milestone with these graduates as we talk about the future of law and our judicial system.”

Stein serves as the state’s 50th attorney general, having taken office on Jan. 1 of this year. He previously served in the North Carolina Senate for seven years representing District 16 in Wake County. As a state senator he worked alongside his colleagues to enhance protections for victims of domestic violence, expand the state’s DNA database, strengthen DWI laws, stimulate economic growth and improve public education.

From 2001-08 Stein served as Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection, working directly under former state attorney general and current N.C. Governor Roy Cooper. In that capacity Stein helped run payday lenders charging borrowers unlawful, excessive interest rates out of North Carolina and protected seniors from scam artists.

“As a law school, having North Carolina’s top lawyer as our commencement speaker is particularly appropriate,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “And it is even more the case with Josh, who has had a very successful career here as an adjunct professor.”

The bedrock of Stein’s professional career has been his commitment to public service. Following undergrad he taught high school English and economics in Zimbabwe for two years. He has worked alongside the North Carolina Minority Support Center to raise capital for investing in small businesses across the state, as well as with the Self-Help Credit Union, which transforms abandoned drug dwellings in Durham into affordable homes. As co-chair of the capital campaign for Interact he helped raise $5 million for a new facility. He currently serves on the Triangle Family Services Advisory Board and previously served on the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Board of Directors.

Stein earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and advanced degrees in law and public policy from Harvard University.