Campbell Law to host federal bench diversity symposium on Oct. 24

Students from all North Carolina law schools and members of the North Carolina Bar invited

RALEIGH —  Campbell Law will host a special webcast and panel discussion promoting diversity on the bankruptcy bench and in the bar on Oct. 24, 2019. Entitled “Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?,” the event is presented by the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System.

Students from all North Carolina law schools and young lawyers are invited as are any member of the North Carolina bar. The program will inform college and law students and attorneys, about federal judgeships with a spotlight on bankruptcy judgeships.

Admission is free, but those interested should register as space is limited. Registration is available here.

The event will feature a live webcast of a national roundtable discussion from Washington, D.C., followed by a local roundtable discussions in 19 cities between federal judges at all levels, members of the bar and law students. Campbell Law will announce the roundtable’s featured guests at a later date.

Judge Stephani Humrickhouse and Pam McAfee co-chair the local event. Judge Humrickhouse serves as Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina and on Campbell Law’s Board of Visitors. McAfee is staff attorney for Judge Joseph Callaway in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and a member of Campbell Law’s adjunct faculty.  

Campbell Law Dean Rich Leonard is a former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. In 2016, he published op-eds in USA Today and The Charlotte Observer describing his experiences after being nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

“I am delighted that my old colleagues have chosen Campbell Law as the location of this important discussion,” he said.

The federal Judiciary recognizes that diversity creates better and richer jurisprudence, promotes public confidence that the judicial system is fair and objective, and contradicts stereotypes and provides role models, the website states. These efforts also support the core values of excellence and accountability from the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary.

For more information, call (202) 502-1800.


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 will celebrate 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.