Campbell Law announces competitions, challenges as part of Giving Day on Nov. 8


RALEIGH — Campbell University will hold its seventh annual Campbell Giving Day on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. Campbell Giving Day is the university’s annual day of giving when alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends come together to give a gift to Campbell, wear orange to show their pride and share why they give on social media. It is a day the Campbell community unites to celebrate its rich history and thriving future.

In preparation for Campbell Giving Day, Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced several competitions, gift challenges and general activities surrounding the day:

Leading the way is John McCabe ‘94 and Rebecca McCabe, who will donate $2,500 when the law school reaches 50 donors on Campbell Giving Day. They will then donate an additional $5,000 when 100 total donors are reached, an additional $7,500 when 150 donors are reached and finally $10,000 when the law school reaches 200 total donors.

“There are so many great things happening at the law school right now, so Rebecca and I want to help keep that positive momentum going,” said John McCabe, chair of the Law School Board of Visitors. “We are really looking forward to our community coming together again in unison to support the law school.”

Additionally, Brian Ricci ’97 has made a challenge gift specifically focused on engaging law school faculty and staff.  For every gift below $100 made by a member of the school’s faculty or staff, no matter the amount, Ricci will make his own gift of $100.  For gifts of $100 or more, Ricci will make a gift at double the amount.  He will continue this challenge until his total giving for the day reaches as high as $10,000.

Current students are encouraged to participate in the day’s activities as well.  To aid in those efforts, Bob ’95 and Zanny Sar have committed a total of $5,000 to support the budgetary operations of the top three student organizations with the most Campbell Giving Day donors.  Also, Will Owens ’06 and Kimberly Miller ’07 of Owens & Miller PLLC will make a gift of $1,000 to the 3L Class Gift Fund if 24 students from the Class of 2024 make a gift to the law school on Giving Day.

The Campbell Law Alumni Association will once again sponsor a class competition open to all previous graduating classes of the school (1979 – 2023). The class that has the most individual alumni donors during Campbell Giving Day will have a $5,000 gift made to the law school by the Alumni Association in the winning class’s honor.

The law school will also be part of the university-wide 1887 Challenge:  The department, school, or team that places number one on the leader board for the highest number of gifts will receive an extra $1,887 in their fund at the end of Campbell Giving Day. The 2022 challenge winner was the law school.

“Please visit the Campbell Giving Day page on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to make your gift to Campbell Law and to participate in the day’s activities,” Leonard added.


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 4,800 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.