No argument: Campbell Law is on a roll

Did you have Campbell Law School in your March Madness bracket?

Likely not.

After all, the Raleigh, N.C., school had never won this particular Big Dance — the national championship at the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

But wait. It gets even better. That April 14 victory marked the school’s third national title this spring. It followed March wins at the Constance Baker Motley National Trial Competition hosted by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and the National ABA Client Counseling Championship — all firsts for Campbell Law. Team member Nichad Davis ’19 was also named best NBLSA advocate.

Campbell Law also emerged as world champions at the Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition in Dublin, Ireland. Another first.

Right ... Break 'em up! 

This unprecedented success is attributable to several recent developments, according to Professor Dan Tilly, Campbell Law’s director of advocacy, including cultivating experienced coaches as well as identifying and grooming the school’s top advocates. “Our success has everything to do with building momentum,” Tilly explained. “Former champions are now champion coaches and outstanding advocates are getting more opportunities than ever before to demonstrate their skills.” 

The streak arrives during Campbell Law’s 10/40 celebration, marking the 40th anniversary of the school’s first graduating class and 10th anniversary of its move to downtown Raleigh.  

The AAJ win comes after the team claimed the Raleigh regional championship title in early March to punch their ticket into the national competition, third-year student Anna Claire Turpin and second-year students Lydia Stoney, Kevin Littlejohn, and Ethan Carpenter defeated cohort regional champions UC-Boulder (Denver, Colorado, region); Belmont University (Louisville, Kentucky, region); University of Alabama (Birmingham, Alabama, region); Stetson University (West Palm Beach, Florida, region); and University of Akron (Cleveland, Ohio, region) to claim the 2019 national title.

“Their performance was simply dominant,” said Tilly, who traveled to Philadelphia in the wee hours prior to the championship round to be there to support the team in the final round. “Campbell Law decisively won every contest, dropping only two judge’s ballots of eighteen throughout the entirety of the tournament to remain the only unbeaten team in a highly competitive field.  That level of success is nothing short of a major accomplishment.”

The championship run was the third time Campbell Law has competed at the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition national tournament since 2011, but is the first time that the school has claimed a national title.   


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