Hardison and Cochran sponsors Campbell Law trial advocates at Capital City Challenge

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced Hardison & Cochran Attorneys at Law is financially sponsoring a team of Campbell Law student advocates that will compete at the Capital City Challenge on March 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Campbell Law won the competition in 2018 and looks to repeat that success this year.  

The team includes third-year students Misty Juhasz, Keith Boyette, Williams Britt, and Terra Johnson. The team is coached by 2016 graduate and former Wallace Advocacy Fellow Brittany Stiltner, who is an associate at Warren, Shackleford & Thomas.  

 “Hardison & Cochran has financially paved the way for our student advocates, and we are blessed to enjoy our relationship with them,” 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 Capital City Challenge is hosted by American University Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society. The competitors will be evaluated and critiqued by approximately 50 experienced federal and state prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys. The competition, in keeping with a strong commitment to experiential learning, exposes participants to the dynamics of trial advocacy in a 21st century courtroom. Modern trial advocacy has become dependent on the use of technology, and law students are learning to integrate the use of this technology to prepare and present their cases. The advancing semi-finalists and Best Advocate awards are announced at a Casino Night following the preliminary rounds and will continue to compete the following day.   

Benjamin Cochran is a 2002 Campbell Law graduate and a managing partner with the firm. For the first eight years, Cochran concentrated his work exclusively on workers’ compensation issues. He obtained additional training in workers’ compensation law and received designation as a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation by the North Carolina State Bar. In recent years, Cochran has expanded his practice to include personal injury cases, but workers’ compensation remains his primary focus. He has been named as a North Carolina Super Lawyer each year since 2009 and listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2013.  

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.