Campbell Law advocates finish as Capital City Challenge National Championship runner-up

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RALEIGH — A team of second-year Campbell Law student advocates Brian Hedrick, Mackenzie Stanley, Austin Tomlin and Jaden Grimes successfully finished as the National Championship Runner-Up at the Capital City Challenge on Feb. 23-26, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

The team was coached by 2016 graduate and former Wallace Advocacy Fellow Brittany Stiltner, who is Associate Legal Counsel for PSI CRO.

“I am incredibly proud of the team’s accomplishments,” Stiltner stated. “Not only did they finish second place ahead of some of the country’s top competitive advocacy schools, but they did so as a 2L team in their second competition. More importantly, they consistently received feedback from judges applauding their demonstration of professionalism and grace while facing fierce competition. They represented the epitome of a Campbell lawyer. It was a privilege to coach them this semester.”

The Capital City Challenge is hosted by American University Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society. The competitors are evaluated and critiqued by approximately 50 experienced federal and state prosecutors, public defenders and private practice attorneys.

The competition, in keeping with a strong commitment to experiential learning, exposes participants to the dynamics of trial advocacy in a 21st century courtroom. Modern trial advocacy has become dependent on the use of technology, and law students are learning to integrate the use of this technology to prepare and present their cases. 


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 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2024, Campbell Law will celebrate 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a 15 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.