Professors Erin Kenny, Nicole Ligon join Campbell Law

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RALEIGH — Professors Erin Kenny and Nicole Ligon have joined the Campbell Law School faculty effective Aug. 1,  2023, Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced. Both served as visiting professors during the 2022-23 academic year.

Kenny teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy. Kenny, who is a reservist in the United States Air Force, is the faculty adviser for the National Security – Military Law Students Association (NS-MLSA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Education Police Practices Consortium.  

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Kenny brings a plethora of experience in explaining and maneuvering legal concepts ranging from client counseling and national security law to criminal law and cyber law. Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Ohio Northern University, a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law and an LL.M in Military Law/National Security Law from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

She began serving as a Judge Advocate (JAG) in March of 2011. Kenny has served as a prosecutor, a defense attorne, and in several other various criminal law positions throughout her career.  Kenny says her experience working with different types of clients, military leaders and foreign partners gives her a unique perspective both in and out of the classroom.   

Ligon teaches Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy and Media Law. Prior to joining Campbell Law, Ligon served as a Clinical Professor of Law and the Supervising Attorney of the First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law School, where she also taught Entertainment Law. She also previously engaged in private practice as a litigator in New York. 

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Professor Nicole Ligon

Ligon is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor for the Duke Law Journal while in law school. 

Her research and scholarship focus on emerging issues in media law and the First Amendment more generally. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, University of Illinois Law Review, SMU Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review and the NYU Law Review Online, among other journals. 


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. Among its accolades, 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 4,800 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2023, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 14 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.