Campbell Law announces advocacy awards, Hall of Fame inductees

Photo of Campbell Law Advocates of Class of 2023

RALEIGH – Campbell Law School announced two new inductees into the law school’s Advocacy Hall of Fame as well as a variety of competitive advocacy awards and honors at the 2023 Campbell Law Advocacy Graduation Reception held May 10.

Alumni Terry Brown Jr. ‘15 and Andrew Shores ‘13 were inducted into the Campbell Law Advocacy Hall of Fame along with the inaugural inductees Lauren Fussell ‘15, Kevin Littlejohn II ‘20, Katelyn Miller ‘19, Jacob Morse ‘17, Casey Peaden ‘17, Kaitlin Rothecker ‘15, Lydia Stoney ‘20 and Tatiana Terry ‘19.

During the awards ceremony, Dean J. Rich Leonard reflected on his past decade at the law school and the growth of the competitive advocacy program during his tenure. “In 2012, this law school sent out eight advocacy teams and we were little known,” he explained. “This year we sent out 38 teams across the country and the world. We have become the Alabama of competitive advocacy. It is our hallmark. We are the little school that people now know about and fear.”

Nichad Davis ’19, who was a member of the FIRST Campbell Law team to win the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Constance Baker Motley National Trial Competition and was named best advocate at the competition, told the crowd gathered at Vidirio that he always knew he wanted to be a trial lawyer and to help make the world a better place. “My law school journey was filled with a lot of ups and downs, but when we went to BLSA nationals, I learned a lot about myself,” he said. “I am forever cemented in this legacy we call the Campbell Advocacy Program.”

Other awards included:

Teammate of the Year: Adia McLaughlin ’23

Rookie of the Year: Sydney Kraft ’24

Coach of the Year: Professor Robert Montgomery

Dedication Award: Maria Hawkins ’12

Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Champions: Julia Smith ’25, Kendall Barbour ’25, Megan Pope ’25, Mollie Sells ’25, Olivia Reiff ’24 and Zannah Tyndall ’25

The law school’s advocacy program was supported this year in part by our generous sponsors Marcari, Russotto, Spencer, Balaban; Hartsell & Williams PA; Hutchens Law Firm; Poyner Spruill LLP; Safran Law Offices; Ward and Smith PA; Wyrick Robbins and Zaytoun Law Firm.


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. 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 2023, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 14 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.