Campbell Law’s Michaela Weber wins outstanding advocate award at South Texas Mock Trial Challenge

Group of four law student advocates pose two sitting at desks and two standing

RALEIGH — Campbell Law student advocates were named quarterfinalists at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge and one,  Michaela Weber, won a coveted outstanding advocate award, out of more than 100 advocates in the competition held March 27-30 in Houston, Texas.

It is the eighth straight year a Campbell Law trial advocate was named as one of the very finest, according to one of the team’s coaches, Professor Dan Tilly, who also serves as Director of Advocacy for the law school.

The team — third-year student Hannah Wallace and second-year students Madeline Lipe, Michaela Weber and Adam Webb — was also coached by Casey Peaden, a 2017 Campbell Law graduate.

“Hannah Wallace, Michaela Weber, Madeline Lipe and Adam Webb finished among the very best in the country,” Tilly said.

Dean J. Rich Leonard announced an anonymous donor financially sponsored the team.

“Our sponsors have financially paved the way for our student advocates, and we are blessed to enjoy our relationship with them,” Dean Leonard said. “Their gift provides the opportunity for our students to learn, get competitive experience and show the rest of the country how our first-class advocacy program is molding the future leading attorneys of tomorrow. We are in debt to them for their generosity.”

The South Texas Mock Trial Challenge is one of the preeminent mock trial competitions in the country. As the largest invitational trial competition in America, the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge hosts teams from across the nation. Most competing schools opt to send their very best advocates, many of whom competed at other national competitions this spring.

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.