Campbell Law professor, alumnus appointed to N.C. House Select Committee

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RALEIGH – Campbell Law School Professor Greg Wallace and alumnus Nicholas Tessener ‘20 have been appointed to the North Carolina House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement and Justice. The committee will examine North Carolina’s criminal justice systems to propose methods for improving police training and relations between law enforcement and its communities. 

“We have a unique opportunity through our strong public membership represented on this committee to continue making real progress for North Carolinians on issues that affect our nation,” N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement announcing the appointments.

The committee will have the opportunity to review important legislative reforms such as the implementation of the recent Second Chance Act and Raise the Age, Moore added.   

“This bipartisan committee includes diverse perspectives to confront tough questions and identify policy reforms that help overcome discrimination, excessive force and corruption in the criminal justice system to improve public safety for all North Carolinians.” 

Professor Wallace, who is celebrating 25 years at Campbell Law, teaches constitutional law with an emphasis on criminal procedure, the right to arms, free speech and religious freedom. He is co-author of the online chapters and forthcoming third edition of “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy.” His writings have been published or set for publication in several law reviews, including the Tennessee Law Review, Florida State Law Review and Penn State Law Review.

While in law school, Tessener competed in the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition as well as the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Trial Competition. He plans to join the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in September.

Members of the House appointed to the House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement and Justice also include Campbell Law Alumni Rep. Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland) and Rep. Sarah Stevens (R-Surry).

The appointments have been reported by several news outlets including the Washington Daily News and WITN.

For more information and the full list of recent appointees on the North Carolina House Select Committee, visit 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 more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. Throughout 2019, Campbell Law celebrated 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.