Campbell Law’s Bill Powers ’92 earns N.C. State Bar distinguished service award

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law alumnus Bill Powers ’92 of Powers Law Firm PA in Charlotte is among the five recipients of the 2020 North Carolina State Bar John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, the Bar announced on March 22, 2021.

The Distinguished Service Award has been awarded to each of these individuals in recognition of their work to enhance and strengthen legal education, to further the public’s understanding of and confidence in the rule of law and the justice system, to encourage professionalism among Bar members, and to assure equal access to our judicial system, the Bar stated in a release on its website.

“Each is a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award,” the web announcement states. “The North Carolina State Bar has been unable to proceed with presentations of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award in the traditional manner due to the pandemic. Each of these 2020 recipients has been gracious in their understanding of our limitations regarding these presentations.”

Prior to graduating from Campbell Law, Powers graduated from North Carolina State University in 1988.  In his Charlotte practice, he handles DWI charges, criminal defense, and family law cases. 

“Bill Powers is well-known throughout North Carolina among courtroom lawyers,” states his firm’s website. “As the former president of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, through his work teaching lawyers and as a founding member of the Center for Legal Education and Advocacy, Bill Powers is a ‘Lawyer’s Lawyer.'”

Powers is a board-certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. He is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals.  

Powers is passionate about mental health and substance abuse issues endemic to the profession and enjoys teaching CLE.  The depth of his empathy for others is evident in his article “I Lost A Client” recently published in the North Carolina Bar Journal. 


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 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.