Campbell Law faculty, staff celebrate milestone anniversaries on Jan. 14

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Campbell Law School will celebrate the milestone anniversaries of eight faculty and staff members on Jan. 14, 2022. 

The 2021 Faculty Service Awards will be held as a virtual event. Please join us in honoring their dedication to the university at 11:30 a.m. The event will be broadcast live from Butler Chapel at this link:

15 Years

Dean Emerita and Professor Melissa Essary represents Campbell Lawat the national level through her service with the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC). At the state level, she serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Justice Center. Most recently, the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court appointed her to serve a second term as a member of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

10 Years

Law Librarian Kim Hocking is the Head of Public Services and Institutional Archivist. She is responsible for circulation, interlibrary loans and the scholarly repository. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has worked in academic libraries for more than 25 years.

Professor Matthew Sawchak, Practitioner in Residence, is a board-certified specialist in appellate practice. He has chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. He also serves on the Rules Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Business Court. He is a member of the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He serves on the editorial board of the Antitrust Law Journal and has chaired the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Law Librarian Caitlin Swift is the library’s Associate Director and Head of Research Services.  Swift graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law with honors, where she served as an editor of the North Carolina Law Review. After law school, she earned her Master’s in Information and Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Daniel Tilly came to Campbell Law from private law practice in Texas where he litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues. During his practice, Tilly represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side of the docket for cases taken to trial, arbitrated or resolved through mediation. He was also instrumental in developing the second-year trial advocacy program at Baylor University Law School. Tilly also served as Director of Campbell Law’s award-winning Advocacy Programs prior to becoming academic dean.

Professor of Law Timothy Zinnecker served as the associate dean for academic affairs at Campbell Law from January 2012 through June 2017. Zinnecker is an honors graduate of Brigham Young University’s law school, where he served on the management board of the law review and became a member of the Order of the Coif

5 Years

Law Librarian Adrienne DeWitt is a direct resource for one-on-one legal research instruction, including developing a research plan, locating materials, using online and print resources and database training. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. After graduating law school, she earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University and is also member of the Indiana bar. 

Associate Professor of Law Susan Thrower directs the first-year legal writing program at Campbell Law. She has taught a variety of legal writing courses both at DePaul and George Washington since entering academia in 1996. At George Washington, Thrower was the associate director of the first-year legal writing program. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.


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 4,500 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 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.