Campbell Law students earn awards at regional National Trial Competition

Photo of six Campbell Law Advocates who competed at NTC

RALEIGH – Two teams of Campbell Law advocates earned several awards at the regional National Trial Competition (NTC) on Feb. 6-9 in Columbia, South Carolina, including the coveted Best Overall Advocate. 

Second-year student, Daniel Nelson, brought home the award for Best Overall Advocate in the competition. Nelson and his second-year teammates, Macy Stutts and Matthew Hobbs, finished as finalists in the competition. Third-year students Jake Terrell, Michaela Weber and Alexis Massengil finished as semi-finalists. 

Photo of best advocate awardPhoto of Daniel Nelson '21 holding best advocate award

Each team was coached by Maria Hawkins, a 2012 Campbell Law graduate and associate attorney at Miller Law Group. “So proud of these advocates,” Hawkins wrote on social media following the competition.

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.


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. In 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.