Campbell Law adds five to Board of Visitors

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced today the addition of five legal and industry leaders to the law school’s Board of Visitors. Toby Hampson, Marshall Wall, The Honorable Marion Warren, Dennis Wicker and Dr. Hope Williams will all serve two-year terms on the board.

A 2002 Campbell Law graduate, Hampson is a partner at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP in Raleigh where he leads the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice Group. He is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Practice with extensive experience in appellate litigation. Hampson also assists municipal clients with land use and zoning issues, including appeals from quasi-judicial and legislative zoning decisions. He previously served as a law clerk to Judge K. Edward Greene, Judge Wanda Bryant, and Judge Robert C. (Bob) Hunter on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining Wyrick Robbins in 2007, he practiced with Patterson Dilthey in Raleigh with an emphasis on trial and appellate litigation.

Wall, who graduated from Campbell Law in 1999, is the managing partner of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP in Raleigh where he represents clients in a wide range of disputes encompassing business, commercial and intellectual property matters. Wall also counsels businesses, government entities, municipalities and individuals on employment matters, corporate formation and governance issues. He was recently selected to serve as vice chair of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s Data Breach, Privacy and Cyber Insurance Law Section, and he serves on the Hospice of Wake County Foundation Endowment Board of Trustees.

Judge Warren, a 1991 Campbell Law graduate, serves as the director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. In this role he manages and oversees the administrative services provided to the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s more than 6,000 employees and hundreds of courthouses and facilities in every county of the state. Judge Warren has served as a district court judge in the 13th Judicial District (Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties) since 2000. He previously served the 13th Judicial District as an assistant district attorney from 1993 to 2000.

Wicker is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Raleigh focusing on government relations. He served two four-year terms as North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor from 1993 to 2001, serving as a member of the state board of education and the state board of economic development. He was the first statewide elected official to chair the state board of community colleges, which sets policy for the state’s 58-campus system. Prior to serving as Lieutenant Governor he served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for 12 years and was elected House Majority Leader by his peers during his final two terms. He serves on the board of directors for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated and First Bank and has received numerous accolades and awards.

Dr. Williams serves as president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), the statewide office of private higher education. She joined the organization 1986 and has served as president since 1992. She is an advocate on state and federal public policy issues, represents independent higher education with other education sectors, seeks scholarship and program support for students and campuses and fosters collaborative partnerships among campuses.

In addition to the five professionals, three first-year Campbell Law students – Nichad Davis, Derek Dittmar and Araca Wadsworth – joined the board in an ex-officio capacity. Each of the three are recipients of highly competitive, full-tuition scholarships. Recent graduates and current Wallace Fellows Devon Karst, Evin Grant and Brittany Stiltner also serve in ex-officio roles.

Norma Barnes-Euresti, John Bruffey, Jr., Johnny Loper, Ben Thompson and Lisa Vaughn all cycled off of the board following the end of their respective two-year terms of appointment.

A dynamic group, the board assists the dean, faculty and leadership in developing and evaluating strategic planning efforts and launching new initiatives. The group also serves as a sounding board to review ideas, while helping to develop and foster important relationships throughout the legal and business community, nonprofit organizations, higher education and government agencies in an effort to enhance all aspects of the law school.

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. The school has twice received the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association, honoring its First-Year Professionalism Development Series in 2003 and the Connections mentorship program in 2016. The school has also been recognized by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,900 alumni, including more than 3,000 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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