Campbell Law alumni sworn in to U.S. Supreme Court bar

Photo of alumni gathered standing in front of a fireplace in a U.S. Supreme Court dining room with Dean Rich Leonard in the middle

RALEIGH –  One dozen Campbell Law alumni were sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar on Monday, April 15, in Washington, D.C.

Admission to the bar allows attorneys to practice before the nation’s highest court, and conveys other benefits, such as preferred seating at courtroom hearings. To qualify, applicants must have been admitted to practice in a state’s highest court for at least three years, and be in good standing. Dean J. Rich Leonard, a former federal bankruptcy judge, accompanied the contingent to Washington. Kimberly Miller ’07, a trial lawyer at the law firm of Owens & Miller in Raleigh, served as movant for the group.

The newly admitted lawyers were allowed to attend Monday as the Supreme Court heard arguments in two matters: a trademark case dealing with the registration of vulgar marks, and a securities case involving the rights of investors to sue for faulty disclosures in tender offers.

The Campbell alumni who were admitted range from those with just a few years practice under their belts, to those with decades of experience. They are:

  • George Burnette (2013), is a wealth planning specialist at First Citizens Bank.
  • Natalie Rice (2011), practices business litigation, real estate, and franchise dealership issues at Manning, Fulton & Skinner.
  • Daniel Knight (2014), is a general civil litigation attorney focusing on construction law, insurance law, and collections at Anderson Jones.
  • Andrew Wingo (1998), practices commercial real estate, business, criminal, family and personal injury law at Homesley & Wingo in Mooresville.
  • Don Higley (1994), concentrates on medical malpractice and personal injury, along with business and construction litigation at the Lanier Law Group.
  • Robert (Bob) Sar (1995), is a shareholder and trial lawyer with the national labor law firm Ogletree Deakins.
  • Hoyt Tessener (1988), is a personal injury attorney with James Scott Farrin in Raleigh.
  • The Honorable Ann Marie Calabria (1983), was a North Carolina appeals court judge until she chose not to run for re-election last year. Previously, she was a district court judge in Wake County, and was in private practice.
  • Jennifer Cone (1996), has extensive experience with subrogation, collections, and litigation with the McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson.
  • Katherine Frye (2001), started her own law firm in Raleigh where she practices family law.
  • Marshall Yoder (1987), is with Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver in Harrisburg, Va., where he is also a mediator and trainer in negotiations and collaborative practice.
  • Anna Lucas (2005), is an attorney in Sanford whose areas of practice have included worker compensation defense, personal injury, traffic, and criminal matters.

The Supreme Court Bar Admission trip was sponsored by the Campbell Law Alumni Association, which held an alumni reception on Sunday night to celebrate today’s events. For more information on how to join the next group of admittees, contact Tara Anstett at


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 will celebrate 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.