Law school sending two teams to fifth annual Professional Football Negotiation Competition

RALEIGH — Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced today that Shipman & Wright, LLP have offered to financially sponsor two teams of Campbell Law student advocates at the fifth annual Professional Football Negotiation Competition scheduled for Jan. 25-26, 2019.

“Shipman & Wright have financially paved the way for our student advocates so many times in recent years, and we are blessed to enjoy our relationship with them,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Their gifts provide 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.”

Third-year student Nichad Davis and second-year students Justin Hill and Kevin Littlejohn form one team, while third-year student Jeff Dobson and second-year student David Joyner form another team. Campbell Law Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Dexter Smith will serve as their coach. Smith previously earned four letters and played for the Florida Gators football team from 1989-92.

The Professional Football Negotiation Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated contract negotiation using real life scenarios and actual upcoming NFL free agents.  The competition will provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their negotiation skills as well as their knowledge of actual NFL contracts.  In order to simulate an actual negotiation, the participants will receive a set of confidential objectives that serve as guidelines for the negotiation.  Participants will either represent the football club or the free agent.  Participants will also be provided with an excel workbook that will allow them to quickly crunch the numbers and determine if contract proposals will meet their requirements.  Experts in the industry will serve as judges for each negotiation and will conclude the competition with a discussion of relevant NFL topics. 

Located in Wilmington, Shipman & Wright have established a tradition of excellence in southeastern N.C. From estate planning to personal injury litigation, Shipman & Wright guides clients through the most difficult choices and toughest times. After representing professional athletes in personal matters for more than 30 years, Shipman & Wright created ShipmanWright Sports in 2013. SW Sports is a full service sports agency that assists professional athletes through training, contract negotiations, endorsements and marketing. Gary K. Shipman, a 1980 Campbell Law graduate and member of the law school’s board of visitors, is a managing partner at the firm. For more information, visit