Campbell Law alumni sworn in to SCOTUS bar on Nov. 7

Photo of newest Campbell Law SCOTUS Bar Admits

RALEIGH – Five Campbell Law School alumni were sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar on Monday, Nov. 7, in the nation’s Capital.

Admission to the bar allows attorneys to practice before the nation’s highest court, and conveys other benefits, such as preferred seating at courtroom hearings. To qualify, applicants must have been admitted to practice in a state’s highest court for at least three years, and be in good standing, explained Assistant Dean of External Relations Megan West Sherron, who organized the Supreme Court bar admission trip that was sponsored by the Campbell Law Alumni Association.

Dean J. Rich Leonard, a former federal bankruptcy judge, accompanied the contingent to Washington, D.C., Todd Jones ‘98, owner of Anderson Jones PLLC, served as movant for the group.

The newly admitted bar members were allowed to attend as the Supreme Court heard arguments in two matters:  Axon Enterprise Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which addresses whether federal district courts have the power to review challenges to the constitutionality of the FTC’s structure, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v. Cochran, which addresses whether federal district courts have the power to consider claims challenging the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law proceedings. 

The Campbell Law alumni who were admitted range from those with just a few years practice under their belts, to those with decades of experience. 

They are:

  • Will Cherry III ‘05 is an attorney at Manning Fulton & Skinner P.A. in Raleigh, where he has represented clients in a wide variety of business litigation matters across the state since graduation; 
  • Evin Grant ‘16 is a policy director in the N.C. Department of Administration in Raleigh and former Assistant Dean of Students and Pro Bono Projects at the law school;
  • B. Seth Lumpkins ‘17 is counsel to Commission Wanda Blanche Taylor at the North Carolina Industrial Commission in Raleigh;
  • Grady Richardson ‘98 is owner of the Law Offices of G. Grady Richardson Jr. P.C. in Wilmington;
  • Ian Richardson ‘14 is an attorney with Vann Attorneys in Raleigh specializing in a range of complex business and transactional matters.  

The Alumni Association also held an alumni reception on Sunday night to celebrate the SCOTUS bar admittees. For more information on how to join the next group of admittees, contact Sharon Sparks at


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 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.