Marcilliat Receives ABA Advocacy Award

RALEIGH, N.C. –Campbell Law School third-year student Kevin Marcilliat recently received the “Best Advocate – 10thplace” award from the American Bar Association (ABA) after competing at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition’s New York regional.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the ABA as one of the top advocates in this year’s competition,” said Marcilliat. “I think this serves as a great indicator of the strength of Campbell Law’s appellate advocacy program, and I am very grateful to my teammates and coaches for the countless hours spent developing our arguments.”

Marcilliat was one of six Campbell Law students that comprised two teams at the competition, March 1-3, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. He received his award late last week.

“I am delighted the ABA recognized Kevin’s effectiveness as an appellate advocate,” said Campbell Law Professor Lisa Lukasik. “Kevin earned his place as one of the New York Regional’s top ten advocates through his hard work in preparation for oral argument, his comprehensive research in support of his position, and his sharp critical thinking skills. Kevin left no stone unturned as he prepared for success on behalf of his client, and his hard work paid off. I am proud of him.“

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition is the largest moot court competition in the country, involving nearly 200 teams from law schools across the United States. The New York Regional consisted of 32 teams with three participants each, for a total of nearly 100 advocates. The topic of the competition dealt with an autistic child’s plight to secure coverage for expensive behavioral therapy under both federal Medicaid law and private health insurance.


Since 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 25 years, Campbell Law’s overall 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 state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit


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