The Campbell Community Law Clinic partners with non-profit agencies in the community (including StepUp Ministry, the Raleigh Rescue Mission and Urban Ministries) to provide solutions to legal problems encountered by clients of those agencies. The clinic provides representation, advocacy, education and reconciliation for its clients while delivering valuable and practical knowledge to law school students
Legal services will be provided by law students, under the supervision of clinic director, Ashley H. Campbell. Students hold client interviews, prepare motions, oversee case management and make court appearances.
Through this experience, students gain important practical legal skills and an appreciation for the challenges faced by citizens living in poverty. This program prepares students to be resourceful and practice-ready upon their entrance into the profession.
The clinic is located off-site at the beautiful and historic Raleigh landmark, the Horton-Beckham-Bretsch House.
“Our clinics allow our law students to get hands on experience while also lending a helping hand to our community,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “The community law clinic has been in the works for some time and has been conceptualized and created with the support and insight of some of our area’s most important non-profit agencies. It flows from our school's Christian mission to provide legal services to some of our most unfortunate fellow citizens.”
What they’re saying about the Campbell Law Community Clinic:
Linda Nunnallee, executive director, StepUp Ministry
“Each year 500 adults and children come to StepUp because they want to work and build a safe and stable life. Most of these people face incredible barriers to employment, housing and transportation. All are living in poverty with dreams to build a better life. Many would realize success with legal expertise. Often times the complexity and cost to address simple legal matters are overwhelming. They can be the insurmountable obstacles that keep individuals unemployed and unable to provide a safe place for their family to live. Access to advice from an attorney with training and expertise could mean the difference in a family’s ability to build a stable existence. On behalf of families we serve, we look forward to building a relationship with the Campbell Law Community Clinic.”
Dr. Peter J. Morris, executive director, Urban Ministries of Wake County
“Our clients set out to change their life course but have previously passed bad checks, or missed rent or credit card payments and worst, have a felony charge or conviction. They are excluded from housing and even consideration for employment. Legal counsel can be life changing for these folks, restoring their credibility and helping them to create a new future.”