A dozen 2022 Campbell Law graduates are serving as judicial law clerks

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RALEIGH – For the first time in Campbell Law School’s history, a dozen 2022 graduates are currently serving as judicial law clerks in a variety of federal and state courts, said Mallory Underwood, director of the Career and Professional Development Center.

“A judicial clerkship is one of the most valuable experiences a Campbell Law graduate can pursue following graduation,” she explained. “Judicial clerks have the benefit of an on-the-job education that also serves as a stepping stone into the legal market. It can be a significant asset to a legal career, regardless of which specialty or position a graduate wants to pursue. A judicial clerkship is also a valuable life experience that offers a unique opportunity to look behind the scenes of a courtroom into the practical workings of a judge’s chambers.”

The following graduates are clerking with the following judges:

  • ·Katherine Johnston and Vanna Prestage are working with North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby, who is also a longtime adjunct professor at the law school;
  • Aryanna Ainolhayat is working in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District in North Carolina;
  • Carly Amendola is working with The Honorable Allegra Collins ‘06 in the North Carolina Court of Appeals;
  • Laurel Christmas is working with The Honorable Kristi Curtis in the South Carolina Circuit Court;
  • Lauren Cook is working with Federal Magistrate Judge Zachary Bolitho, a former Campbell Law professor, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida;
  • Tabitha Cooke is currently working with The Honorable Fred Gore in the North Carolina Court of Appeals;
  • Robert Havelka is working with The Honorable Judge Kimberley Slayton White in the Virginia Court of Appeals;
  • Lauren Johnson is working with The Honorable Tobias Hampson ‘02 in the North Carolina Court of Appeals;
  • Maren Lowrey is working with The Honorable Judge Jon York in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee;
  • Miriam Sheppard is working with The Honorable Judge Adam C. Conrad in the North Carolina Business Court;
  • Eliza Darden Smith is working with The Honorable Jefferson Griffin in the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

“These talented alumni are proof that Campbell Law is preparing its students for the rigors of a judicial clerkship thanks both to our intensive three-semester required writing curriculum and our award-winning competitive advocacy program,” said Dean J. Rich Leonard. “We have seen the number of our students being hired for judicial clerkships after graduation grow steadily over the past few years and I am certain we will see the number of Campbell Law alumni serving in clerkships continue to grow.”

Judges and students interested in judicial clerkships should contact Underwood, who also serves as the judicial clerkship advisor. She can be reached at munderwood@campbell.edu or 919-865-4689. Use this link for a beginning list of resources for students who intend to apply for a judicial clerkship.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2023, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 14 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.