Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic

Photo of Carole Gailor and Dean Leonard

The law school’s newest pro bono clinic is the Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic, which was established in the fall of 2021.

The clinic will address challenging family law issues including divorce, paternity, child custody and child support among other family law issues where it is often difficult to find representation for low-income individuals. The needs assessment recently completed by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Access to Justice found this to be the greatest area of unmet need for legal services among North Carolinians of modest resources.

While working in the clinic, students will learn a client-centered approach to the practice of family law by engaging in client counseling, case strategy, negotiation  and, if necessary, assist with trial of family law cases under the “Student Practice Rule.” The clinic will also provide students with the opportunity to work on various types of family law cases with several different clients during their semester in the clinic and beyond.

The Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic is made possible through the generous donation of $250,000 from family lawyer Carole Gailor, making her the first woman to have a clinic named after her at Campbell Law. Additional participating donors include law school alumna Shelby Duffy Benton ’85, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and North State Bank.

Attorney Richard A. Waugaman III ‘12 has been chosen to lead the clinic, supervising law students working with clients on family law issues including:

  • Temporary Custody
  • Permanent Custody
  • Custody Modification
  • Temporary Child Support
  • Permanent Child Support
  • Postseparation Support
  • Alimony
  • Domestic Violence Protective Orders
  • Civil No Contact Orders

All prospective clients will go through an initial eligibility screening and then be assigned to a student for representation. 

Clinic Location

11 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

Contact the Clinic

Richard Waugaman, Clinic Director