John W. Pope Foundation Gifts Campbell Law $1.2 Million for Raleigh Building

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School today announced it has received a $1.2 million grant from the John William Pope Foundation in support of its new Raleigh building. The contribution will be applied to Campbell Law’s $15 million renovation of its Law School building. The gift also secures naming rights to the Grand Foyer, a formal reception area offering more than 2,000 square feet of space for Law School and Campbell University special events.

“We are grateful to the leaders of the John W. Pope Foundation for their meaningful contribution to Campbell Law School,” said Dean Melissa Essary. “Their investment in Campbell Law’s new Raleigh home is extraordinary. At $1.2 million, it is not only the largest gift received thus far toward our building campaign, it is the largest gift in the history of the Law School.”

The Pope Foundation is a long-time supporter of Campbell University. Most recently the Foundation provided $4.5 million toward the construction of the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on the University’s main campus in Buies Creek. The Convocation Center bequest was made in memory of the late John W. Pope, Jr., who graduated from Campbell in 1975.

“It is a privilege for my family and the Pope Foundation to support the great work of Campbell Law School in memory of my father,” stated J. Arthur Pope, president of the John W. Pope Foundation.

In October 2007, Variety Wholesalers, a Pope family business, sold the building at 225 Hillsborough Street to Campbell University for $17.5 million for the relocation of Campbell Law to the capital city.

About Campbell Law SchoolSince its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. 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 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 21 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit

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