Law School adds six members, new chair to Board of Visitors

RALEIGH — Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced the addition of six legal and industry leaders to the law school’s Board of Visitors.

Anitra K. Brown, Andrew M. Jackson, Beth Leone Noble, John M. McCabe, W. Stacy Miller II and the Honorable Paul Ridgeway will all serve two-year terms on the board. Hoyt Tessener, a 1988 Campbell Law graduate and senior litigator at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, will serve as the board’s new chair, Leonard said.

Photo of Hoyt Tessener (JD '88)
Hoyt Tessener (JD ’88)

A 2014 Campbell Law graduate, Brown is the assistant director of admissions at Howard University School of Law. Since graduating, she also has provided legal and consulting services for employment discrimination claims as well as nonprofit formations in the Triangle.

Jackson of the Law Office of Andrew M. Jackson in Clinton graduated from Campbell Law in 2002. For more than a decade, he has worked with H-2A and H-2B employers in at least 10 states, including the Carolinas, to obtain work visas for their seasonal workers.

A 1998 Campbell Law graduate, Noble is a retired partner at Leone Noble & Seate, LLP as well as a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author, with more than 50 novels published both independently and with Random House/Penguin Group LLC.

McCabe, of the Law Offices of John M. McCabe, is a 1994 Campbell Law graduate and founder and president of the award-winning, nationally recognized personal injury law firm focusing on cases involving auto accidents, on-the-job injuries and nursing home negligence, among others.

Another member of Campbell Law’s Class of 1994, Miller is a partner of Miller Law Group PLLC, which focuses on personal injury, worker’s compensation and professional negligence, among others. He frequently coaches trial teams at Campbell Law, and often lectures on jury selection.

Judge Ridgeway, the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 10th Judicial District (Wake County), is a 1984 Campbell Law graduate. He presides over felony criminal trials, civil matters and administrative appeals arising from state agencies.

In addition to the six professionals, four first-year Campbell Law students — Oumayma El Hamzaoui, Ian Hobbs, Cheyenne Bond McDonald and James Ferguson— joined the board in an ex officio capacity. Each of the four are recipients of highly competitive, full-tuition scholarships. Recent graduates and current Wallace Fellows also serve in ex-officio roles. This year’s Wallace Leadership Fellow is Brennan Cumalander ’18, the Wallace Public Service Fellow is  Cody Davis ’18 and the Wallace Advocacy Fellow is Morgan Pierce ’18.

Terry Bagley, Bill Pully, Chris Browning, Claire Moritz, Tim Sparks and Thomas Walker all cycled off of the board following the end of their respective two-year terms of appointment.

A dynamic group, the board assists the dean, faculty and leadership in developing and evaluating strategic planning efforts and launching new initiatives. The group also serves as a sounding board to review ideas, while helping to develop and foster important relationships throughout the legal and business community, nonprofit organizations, higher education and government agencies in an effort to enhance all aspects of the law school.