Campbell Law invited to participate in NITA Tournament of Champions

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School has received an invitation to the prestigious National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Tournament of Championships mock trial competition. One of the premier mock trial competitions in the country, only 16 law schools are invited to the Tournament of Champions.

“This is a great achievement for our advocacy program,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “This invitation further publicly solidifies the success that our program has enjoyed, as well as the bright future ahead for our students.”

Invitations to the Tournament of Champions are based on a three year performance record at the National Trial Competition (NTC), the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Trial Competition and previous Tournament of Champions competitions. Over the past three years, Campbell Law teams have collected four regional NTC titles and finished in the AAJ national top 10.

Campbell Law last received an invitation to the Tournament of Champions in 2001.

“I’m incredibly proud of our trial advocates and coaches,” said Campbell Law Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Dan Tilly. “Year in and year out they have proven that Campbell Law student advocates rank among the best of the best.”

Event champions receive the traveling James Seckinger Trophy, a team plaque, individual plaques, and a copy of NITA’s book, “Trial Technique & Evidence” by Michael R. Fontham. Team plaques are also awarded to runners-up and semifinalists, while the best advocates are awarded NITA Deposition Program scholarships. All participants receive a collection of NITA books and certificates.

Known for its sportsmanship and congeniality, the Tournament of Champions was founded in 1989 at the University of Akron School of Law. NITA became the primary sponsor of the competition in 1995, with LexisNexis joining in as a co-sponsor in 2005.

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. 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 3,650 alumni, including more than 2,500 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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