Campbell Law trial advocates head to AAJ national competition in Philadelphia

Photo of four Campbell Law AAJ National Trial Advocates posing in front of Wake County Courthouse

RALEIGH — Campbell Law is sending a team of its top student advocates to compete at the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy National Competition on April 11 – 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The team of second-year students Lydia Stoney, Kevin Littlejohn, and Ethan Carpenter and third-year student Anna Claire Turpin beat out a talented team from Wake Forest School of Law to win the regional competition held in downtown Raleigh in early March.

The team is coached by Jacob Morse, a 2017 Campbell Law graduate and associate attorney at Wyrick Robbins. This is the third time Campbell Law has competed at the AAJ national competition since 2011.  

The AAJ Mock Trial competition seeks to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys. The association accomplishes this goal in part by sponsoring the Student Trial Advocacy Competition, an annual nationwide mock trial competition. The competition is an exceptional opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench. 

Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard said Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban have agreed to once again sponsor the winning AAJ team of student advocates. The firm’s gift will provide financial assistance for the students’ preparation, travel, and lodging as they compete for the national championship.  

“Macari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban has been a fabulous supporter of our advocacy program, and we are extremely appreciative of the firm’s decision to assist our students for another competition,” Dean Leonard said. “This opportunity will be immensely beneficial for our students, and will give our first-rate advocacy program even more national exposure.” 

Don Marcari is a 1985 graduate of Campbell Law and senior managing partner at his firm, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. He first gained national attention when his exploits as a young defense attorney with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps became the basis for the motion picture “A Few Good Men.” He has been fighting for seriously injured people throughout North Carolina since 1985, and Virginia since 1988, concentrating on plaintiff personal injury law and civil litigation. In addition, he handles veteran benefits claims and continues to defend select members of our military service in courts martial and administrative proceedings.

Graphic with the words Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban

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. Throughout 2019, Campbell Law is celebrating 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.