Professor Jeffrey Edwards ’94 joins Campbell Law

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School welcomes former Assistant Attorney General and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Law Professor Jeffrey Edwards ’94 to the faculty effective July 1, 2021, Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced. 

Edwards will teach First-Year Legal Research and Writing beginning in the fall.  

“I could not be more delighted to have Jeffrey join our faculty,” Leonard said. “I know his skills, knowledge and teaching ability will better prepare our students to serve as outstanding legal writers throughout their careers.”

Before joining the Campbell Law faculty, Edwards served as Assistant Attorney General from 1997 to 2006, acting as legal counsel for the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and North Carolina State Highway Patrol. There, he represented these agencies at all levels of state and federal trials, appellate courts as well as before the General Assembly. He represented the State of North Carolina in more than 50 criminal appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court. He has also argued numerous civil and criminal cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In addition, Edwards participated in the drafting and implementation of statutes, administrative rules and government policy guidelines while providing formal and advisory legal opinions to legislators, judges, district attorneys and other government officials.  

From 2007 to 2018, Edwards was an Assistant Clinical Professor at North Carolina Central University’s School of Law, where he founded and directed the Criminal Prosecution Clinic. There he also taught appellate advocacy, criminal prosecution, criminal law, criminal procedure and motor vehicle law. While at NCCU, he served as a student adviser, a moot court coach, an adviser to the Moot Court Board and as a member of the Student Discipline, Facilities and Technology Planning and Faculty Development committees.  

Edwards earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in history with a minor in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He then earned his J.D. from Campbell Law School, where he was a member of the Campbell Law Review and Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. He also served as a research assistant for Professor Richard A. Lord, assisting with “Williston On Contracts,” 4th Edition and as a case Summary Writer for the Campbell Law Observer.   


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 4,400 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.