Advocacy program invited to Professional Football Negotiation Competition

Law - ShipmanWrightRALEIGH – The Campbell Law advocacy program will make its first appearance at the annual Professional Football Negotiation Competition, Jan. 26-27, in New Orleans at Tulane University Law School. The team will be financially sponsored by Shipman & Wright.

Third-year student Jessalyn Santiago and second-year students Nichad Davis and Jeffrey Dobson will form the team. Campbell Law Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Dexter Smith will serve as their coach. Smith previously earned four letters and played for the Florida Gators football team from 1989-92.

“Team Campbell has worked hard these past two weeks and looks forward to being a formidable opponent,” said Smith. “We have a strong team with complementary styles who are well versed and prepared to compete with the other 35 teams.”

The Professional Football Negotiation Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated contract negotiation using real life scenarios and actual upcoming NFL free agents. The competition will provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their negotiation skills as well as their knowledge of actual NFL contracts. In order to simulate an actual negotiation, the participants will receive a set of confidential objectives that serve as guidelines for the negotiation. Participants will either represent the football club or the free agent. Participants will also be provided with an excel workbook that will allow them to quickly crunch the numbers and determine if contract proposals will meet their requirements.

Experts in the industry will serve as judges for each negotiation and will conclude the competition with a discussion of relevant NFL topics.

Located in Wilmington, Shipman & Wright have established a tradition of excellence in southeastern N.C. From estate planning to personal injury litigation, Shipman & Wright guide clients through the most difficult choices and toughest times. After representing professional athletes in personal matters for more than 30 years, Shipman & Wright created ShipmanWright Sports in 2013. SW Sports is a full service sports agency that assists professional athletes through training, contract negotiations, endorsements and marketing. Gary K. Shipman, a 1980 Campbell Law graduate and member of the law school’s board of visitors, is a managing partner at the firm. For more information, visit