Professor Sawchak presents on appellate procedure at NCBA conference

RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School Professor Matt Sawchak presented on appellate procedure at a North Carolina Bar Association conference on Friday, Oct. 4. He addressed an audience of more than 100 appellate lawyers, judges, and court officials.

Sawchak’s presentation focused on recent developments in appellate jurisdiction, including a decision issued earlier the same day. The other faculty members on the program included U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Edmunds, and North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Martha Geer.

Campbell Law students Scottie Beth Forbes and Lauren Fussell attended the conference and contributed to Sawchak’s presentation materials.

“At Campbell Law in Raleigh, we encourage scholarship that helps judges and lawyers solve difficult problems in the law,” Sawchak said. “It’s especially enjoyable to get our students involved in these efforts. I am proud to see our students use their talents for the good of the legal community.”

Sawchak is the first Practitioner in Residence at Campbell Law. He has been certified as a specialist in appellate practice by the North Carolina State Bar. Business North Carolina magazine has profiled Sawchak twice as the top antitrust lawyer in North Carolina. He is also described as a leading lawyer in Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and Chambers USA. As one of his many scholarly and professional activities, he has chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.

Sawchak graduated with honors from Harvard University, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He earned his J.D. with honors and his LL.M. from Duke Law School. He was the editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal. Sawchak clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas when Justice Thomas served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before his judicial clerkship, he clerked in the office of the Solicitor General of the United States.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School 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 3,500 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit


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