Campbell Law School announces new Board of Visitors chair, members

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced the addition of nine legal and industry leaders to the law school’s Board of Visitors as well as a new chair. 

The Honorable Pamela W. McAfee, The Honorable Andrew Heath, The Honorable Donna S. Stroud ’85, John M. Nunnally ’92, Destiney Parker-Thompson ’20, Terry M. Brown, Jr. ’15, Emily Moree ’14, Nicole L. Tharrington ’94 and Benjamin T. Cochran ’02 will all serve two-year terms on the board. John M. McCabe, a 1994 Campbell Law graduate, will serve as the board’s new chair.  

McAfee serves as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. McAfee also served as a law clerk for Dean Leonard when he was a federal bankruptcy judge, as a staff attorney for Judge A. Thomas Small, Judge Stephani W. Humrickhouse and Judge Joseph N. Callaway. 

Heath serves as a Superior Court Judge and as the director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC). In his role as director of NCAOC, Heath manages and oversees the administrative services provided to the Judicial Branch’s more than 6,400 employees and hundreds of courthouses and facilities in every county of the state.  

A 1985 Campbell Law graduate, Stroud serves on the North Carolina Court of Appeals as Chief Judge. Stroud previously served as a District Court Judge in Wake County.  

A 1992 Campbell Law graduate, Nunnally is a senior litigator at Ragsdale Liggett, with more than 29 years of trial experience. His practice is focused on civil litigation and insurance defense, particularly construction, transportation and premises and product liability. He has tried more than 75 jury trials to verdict over his career. 

Thompson, a 2020 Campbell Law graduate, is a judicial law clerk for Judge Craig Goldblatt on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Prior to clerking, she worked as a bankruptcy associate under Trawick Stubbs Jr. — a prominent North Carolina bankruptcy attorney, after whom the Campbell Law Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic is named. Thompson is starting this fall as an associate with the New York firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Brown, a 2015 Campbell Law graduate, practices for Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney. Brown is an experienced litigator who guides clients through complex commercial litigation, labor and employment law and products liability issues.  

A 2014 Campbell Law graduate, Moree serves as in-house counsel at Zimmer Development Company. At the company, Moree is responsible for legal documentation preparation, negotiation and review, as well as overseeing new project development, market selection and operations. 

Another member of Campbell Law’s Class of 1994, Tharrington is general counsel and the Vice President of human resources at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. Prior to her current role, Tharrington worked for SPX Flow Power & Energy, serving as their general counsel.  

Cochran of Hardison & Cochran Attorneys at Law graduated from Campbell Law School in 2002. As the managing partner Cochran oversees the operation of Hardison & Cochran, in addition to representing individual clients in cases involving workers’ compensation and personal injury law.  

Four first-year Campbell Law students — the recipients of the law school’s highly competitive, full-tuition scholarships — will also join the board this year as ex-officio members. Those students are Zoyha Kashmary, the Janette Soles Nelson Public Service Scholar; Sierra Robertson, the Ben and Patrice Thompson Achievement Scholar; Zannah Tyndall, the Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholar; and Sydney Hussey, the Leary and Joy Davis Leadership Scholar. 

Campbell Law’s Board of Visitors helps the dean, faculty and staff develop strategic planning, launch new efforts around the law school and community and often act as a think-tank for many of the projects undertaken throughout the academic year. 

Learn more about the Board of Visitors 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 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.