Campbell Law’s Niya Fonville among 2021 ‘40 Under 40 Leadership Awards’ winners

Photo of Niya Fonville posing

RALEIGH – The Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) has announced Campbell Law School’s Director of Externships Niya Fonville is among the recipients of the TBJ’s 2021 “40 Under 40 Leadership Awards” winners. The annual awards honor the brightest, most promising young business people in the Triangle younger than 40 for their contributions to their organizations and to the community.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Niya as one of our best and brightest,” said Dean J. Rich Leonard. “She is an inspiration to our staff and students as a role model, and one who truly leads with purpose.”

Fonville leverages her more than 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney to equip Campbell Law students with the tools necessary to enter the legal profession as their best selves. She caters to 25-80 students per semester at more than 50 different work sites annually and juggles 10 current community roles including serving as the Commissioner at the Raleigh Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association to name a few.

Fonville earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2008 where she was a HOPE Fellow at the Children & Youth Law Clinic. Her doctorate studies followed her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Communications at Salem College, graduating magna cum laude. During her undergraduate studies, she was active in Black Americans Demonstrating Unity (B.A.D.U.) (co-founder and chair), Creating Hope in Cancer Survivors (C.H.I.C.S.) (chair) and Alpha Lambda Delta Omicron Delta Kappa (president). 

According to the TBJ announcement, this year’s class was selected from a pool of more than 200 nominations. 

The awards event will be virtual and will take place June 24.

“These winners reflect the entrepreneurial spirit and the economic prowess of the diverse community in which we live and work,” said TBJ Publisher and Raleigh Market President Jason Christie. “The Triangle is a better place because of the efforts of these honorees. I’m proud to know that the future of this area is in such good hands.”


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 4,300 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 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.