Campbell Law Student recognized as Best Closing Argument Advocate at National Trial Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. – A competitive Campbell Law School student trial team participated in the 2009 Buffalo-Niagara National Trial Competition on November 12-16 in Buffalo City Court in downtown Buffalo, N.Y.

The team members, Paul Ribeiro, Kim Lehman, Laura Neal and Dustin Pittman reached the “Sweet Sixteen” in this year’s event. In preliminary rounds, Campbell faced teams from Thomas Cooley, Pacific-McGeorge and Catholic University law schools. The team lost a close match to a to South Texas Law School in the round of Sixteen.

Paul Ribeiro, a third-year Campbell Law student, was recognized as offering the Best Closing Argument Advocate among 64 students who gave closing arguments in the competition.

“It was a great educational experience for all of the students,” said Professor Tom Anderson. “One of the teams that reached the final four stated that Campbell Law was the most professional team that they faced in the competition.” Anderson along with Bryan Boyd, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, coached the Campbell Law team. Vivek Shah, Clay Byrd and Jena Edelman, all current Campbell Law students, assisted.

About Campbell Law School: Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University 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 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 21 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit

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