Campbell Law dean, faculty to present at 15th Global Legal Skills Conference on July 31

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard, Professor Caitlin Swift and Nottingham Law School Deputy Dean Matthew Homewood will be among the speakers at the Legal Writing Institute’s 15th Global Legal Skills Conference at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom later this month.

The conference is from Sunday, July 30 until Tuesday, August 1. Dean Homewood, Dean Leonard and Professor Swift will be discussing “Developing Global Legal Research and Writing Skills Through a Unique UK-US Collaboration” during a session on July 31.

The Global Legal Skills Conference focuses on international legal education and essential skills like legal research, legal writing, legal reasoning, legal English, translations and advocacy skills. Some additional topics being covered include creating appropriate materials and assignments, cross-cultural and intercultural issues, classroom teaching, clinical legal education, academic support, international legal exchanges and related fields. The conference will welcome delegates from all over the world including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

In 2008, Professor Swift graduated from the University of North Carolina Law School, where she served as an editor of the North Carolina Law Review. She earned her master’s in Information and Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after completing law school. Learn more about Professor Swift at this link.

Dean Leonard became dean of Campbell Law School in 2013 following his career as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Learn more about Dean Leonard at this link. 

Dean Homewood is the Deputy Dean of Nottingham Law Schoo,l where he has a reputation as an expert in the use of technology enhanced learning in both legal education and education generally. Dean Homewood’s expertise has been recognized by the higher education sector through numerous high-profile awards such as a National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in Higher Education. Read more about Dean Homewood at this link

Learn more about the Nottingham Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Legal Studies study abroad program at Campbell Law at this link. 


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 4,800 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.