Ulmer Zack “Zeke” Bridges, III, was named assistant dean of administration effective Jan. 1, 2014. He joined the law school administration as the director of mentorship on Jan. 28, 2013. A 2003 Campbell Law graduate, Bridges brings nearly 10 years of private practice experience into his role at the law school. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.
As assistant dean of administration, Bridges will serve as the law school’s chief financial officer and oversee human resources, the physical facility, technology, student life and pro bono services.
Bridges previously served the law school as director of mentorship, establishing the Connections mentorship program from the ground up, soliciting mentors, assisting mentees, and managing the program through the spring 2014 pilot phase.
A native of Blakely, Ga., Bridges obtained an associate of arts degree from Young Harris College in 1997, followed by earning two B.A. degrees in political science and criminal justice from the University of Georgia in 1999. He then attended Campbell Law School, where he served as Campbell Law Student Bar Association President in 2003, law library assistant, and a law school ambassador. Bridges was also active with the Campbell Law Observer, Christian Legal Society, and Men’s Legal Caucus, and was a research assistant for Webster’s Real Estate Law in North Carolina. He collected both the Howard Christian Citizenship Award and the David Teddy Innovative Leadership and Service Award. Bridges was also named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.
Following graduation from Campbell Law, Bridges founded Bridges Law Firm, PLLC, in Cary, N.C. In October 2009 he co-founded Western Wake Law Group, focusing primarily on contract drafting, estate planning, and real estate while serving as managing partner at the firm’s principal office. He is active in the legal profession, holding memberships in the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, North Carolina State Bar, Tenth Judicial District Bar, North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), Wake County Bar Association, The Susie Sharp Inn of Court, and National Legal Mentoring Consortium. He serves on the NCBA Professionalism Committee, Wake County Bar Association & Tenth Judicial District Bar’s Professionalism Committee, and is co-chair of the Mentoring Subcommittee. Bridges is also immensely active in his local community, serving with Prevent Child Abuse N.C., Lawyer on the Line, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Cary Association, New Waverly Place Board of Directors, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
Bridges resides in nearby Cary with his wife, Grace, and their two daughters.