RALEIGH – Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced the addition of April Giancola to the law school’s senior staff. Giancola will serve Campbell Law students and alumni as the new Assistant Dean of Career Services and Professional Development beginning Nov. 1, 2021.
Giancola brings 21 years of legal and program management experience to her new role, including most recently serving as the Director of Public Interest Advising for the University of North Carolina School of Law’s Career Development Office. Prior to joining UNC Law, she was the Chief Legal Program Officer for Disability Rights N.C. and a civil attorney and post-conviction managing attorney for N.C. Prisoner Legal Services Inc.
“I am excited to join the dynamic team at Campbell Law because I enjoy connecting with law students and having a direct impact on their future success as lawyer leaders,” she explained. “From one-on-one counseling and job application, resume and cover letter review to executing professional development programs and events, I will use my extensive network to help identify the most viable employment opportunities for Campbell Law students and alumni.”
Giancola earned a B.S. in speech and communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, prior to obtaining a paralegal certificate from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.
Following law school she served as a trial attorney in the Maricopa County (Arizona) Public Defender’s Office and as director of legal services for Our Place D.C. and volunteer and training coordinator for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. She is a member of the Massachusetts, District of Columbia and North Carolina State bars and is bar certified in the Eastern, Middle and Western District Courts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Giancola is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Membership Committee and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee and Public Sector Council, serves as president of Oak City Voices, volunteers for Legal Aid of N.C.’s Lawyer on the Line program and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
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Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law 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 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. Throughout 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.