Professor Ashley Campbell receives 2019 Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award

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RALEIGH — Professor Ashley Campbell, director of Campbell Law’s Blanchard Community Law Clinic, is one of two recipients of the 2019 Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award  from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA).

The public service award is given annually for the promotion of women attorneys in the legal profession and women’s rights under the law. Awards will be presented at the NCAWA’s Annual Conference Dinner on Friday, Oct. 11, in Greensboro.  The other recipient this year is Yolanda L. Taylor. 

Professor Campbell has been supervising clinic students who provide legal services to clients being served by non-profit agencies including the Raleigh Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries, Alliance Ministry and StepUp Ministry since the clinic’s opening in 2016. 

Repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, Professor Campbell is active in the North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina State Bar and is past president of the Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar. An experience trial attorney, she is a juried member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. And like Davis, Professor Campbell was previously a legal services attorney with Legal Aid North Carolina. 

Davis was a past president and board member of NCAWA. She died in 1988, following a three-year fight with cancer. In the time that she lived and worked in North Carolina, she served as a staff attorney with Legal Services of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem, and devoted her considerable energies and talents to founding the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and working toward the objectives of NCAWA at both the state and local levels.

Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award Winners

2018 Judge Christine Walczyk, Diane (Dee) Wallis
2017 Judge Lori Christian, Kate Woomer-Deters
2016 Beth Posner, Chris Brook, Julie Klipp Nicholson
2015 Suzanne Chester
2014 Justice Cherri Beasley, Leah Broker
2013 Harriett Smalls
2012 Lisa Grafstein
2011 Susan M. (Smitty) Dotson-Smith
2010 Barbara (Bonnie) B. Weyher
2008 Justice Robin E. Hudson
2007 Stella Boswell, Judge Joyce Hamilton, Sally H. Scherer
2006 Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson
2005 Robin L. Ames, Michelle Frances Robertson
2004 Sorien K. Schmidt
2003 Anne R. Slifkin
2002 Senator Ellie Kinnaird, Anne Winner
2001 Elizabeth F. Kuniholm
2000 Hon. Catherine C. Eagles
1999 E. Ann Christian
1998 Bertha (Bea) Holt
1997 Melinda Lawrence, Senator William Nelson Martin, Jennie Leake Hemrick
1996 Rep. Eva Clayton, Hon. Linda McGee, Elaine Marshall, Suzanne Reynolds
1995 Marcia H. Armstrong, Lynn Burleson, Allyson Duncan
1994 Hon. Janice McKenzie Cole, Jane Madden, Ellen Gelbin
1993 Dorothy Bernholz, Sharon Parker, Kathryn Jones-Cooper
1992 Hon. Patricia Love, Hon. Jacqueline Morris-Goodson
1991 Brenda Campbell, Mary Wright
1990 Ann C. Barnes, Charlotte Brody, Anne Mackie
1989 Russell Walker, Judith Wegner
1988 Mary Margaret Flynn, Pamela Gann, James B. McMillan
1987 Hon. Jane Harper, Pam Silberman, Sharon Thompson
1986 Gwyneth B. Davis, Annie Brown Kennedy, Hon. Sarah Parker
1985 Brenda McGhee, Sue Perry, Leslie Winner
1984 J. Ray Elinburg, James B. Hunt, Carol Spruill, Wilma Woodard
1983 Katharine Robinson Everett, Elreta Alexander Ralston, Carolyn McAllaster
1982 Ruth Easterling, Karen Galloway, Rachel Gray, Jane Patterson, Ellen Gerber
1981 Meyressa Schoonmaker, Carolyn McAllaster


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. In 2019, Campbell Law is celebrating 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.