Campbell Law hosts 2024 alumni reunions

Photo of alumni class leaders with Dean Leonard holding a large cardboard check

RALEIGH — Campbell Law School welcomed more than 200 alumni back to campus on Saturday, May 4, 2024, for it’s annual alumni class reunions activities.  Classes of 1979, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2014 and 2019 and their guests descended upon Raleigh for events at the law school and a plated dinner at the N.C. Museum of Sciences.

Morning activities at the law school included tours of the building, a “State of the Law School” presentation by Dean J. Rich Leonard, a panel discussion featuring directors of our pro bono clinics moderated by Dean Emerita Melissa Essary, a barbecue lunch and some family fun activities.

The evening capped off a near yearlong fundraising and engagement effort undertaken by law school administrators and volunteer committees from each class.  This year’s class reunion committees were chaired by Steve Bowden ’79, Jane Gray ’79, Jim Herring ’84, John McCabe ’94, Marshall Wall ’99, Wes Saunders ’14 and Keith Boyette ‘19.  During the dinner program Dean Leonard was presented with a check for $409,135 representing funds that were donated by class members to the law school throughout the 2024 fiscal year. 

Also, as members of the charter class for the law school, attendees from the 1979 class received a special acknowledgement from the crowd during the dinner. 

“It was such a joy to see so many familiar faces and some new ones too,” Leonard said. “Tonight’s dinner includes multiple generations of Campbell alumni, some of whom earned their degree in Buies Creek, while others did so in Raleigh. However, they all share in being graduates of this great institution and having a positive impact in their communities.”

Photos of the reunion can be found on the law school’s Facebook page at this link.


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 nearly 5,000 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2024, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 15 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.