Campbell Law dean, professor participate in virtual UN Commission Symposium

Photo of Dean Leonard and Professor Scott Pryor

RALEIGH — Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard and Professor C. Scott Pryor will participate in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Virtual Symposium on Insolvency and Bankruptcy on Jan. 6-7, 2021 at National Law University, Delhi taking place online. The global event is free to attend for legal academia, policy makers and practitioners.   

The annual symposium is organized by the Centre for Transnational Commercial Law (CTCL), National Law University Delhi (NLUD) and India Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC). The two-day virtual event, “‘Transnational Commercial Law, Insolvency, Restructuring, Entrepreneurship: Promoting Trade and Development post the Pandemic,” will include sessions that explore topics of general transnational commercial law (Day 1) and subject matter covering various contemporary issues of Insolvency & Bankruptcy (Day 2). The format is structured as a symposium, where each speaker presents for 10-12 minutes followed by a Q&A period.

Leonard will participate in Session IV Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings from 6:15 – 7:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 7. He will specifically explore the topic: The United States Bankruptcy Courts Post-Covid-19, while other select international and U.S. panelists will address topics such as: Roadmap to Cooperation-Courts, IP’s; Current efforts with the Insolvency Law Committee on Cross-Border Insolvency; Recognition Enforcement of Insolvency.  

Leonard is a former United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina and assumed the role of dean at Campbell Law in July 2013. Since he began serving as dean, Leonard has initiated a plethora of beneficial and impactful initiatives that have improved the institution.

“I’m honored that Professor Pryor and I have the opportunity to represent Campbell Law School on a global level at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law virtual event and discuss bankruptcy as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, ” Leonard said.

Professor Pryor will close the event with other panelists as part of Special Session V, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Resolution, Entrepreneurship. He will address the topic: Small Business Reorganization. Additional panelists will focus on the following subjects: World Bank (WB) Principles on MSME Insolvency, Entrepreneurship; Insolvency & Entrepreneurship; Insolvency & Digital Economy. This last session will be held immediately after Leonard’s panel from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 7.  

Pryor joined the Campbell Law faculty as a Professor of Law in 2015, boasting more than 15 years of commercial law practice. He currently teaches Bankruptcy, Contracts I and Sales and Leases courses. 

“There is no better way to start the new year, 2021, than by participating with Dean Leonard as a panelist alongside other government, academic and corporate leaders at this esteemed virtual international symposium discussing legal topics that I’m incredibly passionate about,” Pryor added. 

For more information on the event and to view a full program click here

To register for Day 1 click here. To register for Day 2 click here


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 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. A legal body with universal membership specializing in commercial law reform worldwide for over 50 years, UNCITRAL’s business is the modernization and harmonization of rules on international business.