RALEIGH — Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced Raven Byrne has been promoted to Vice Dean effective May 22, 2023.
Byrne, a 2006 Campbell Law graduate, joined the law school as Director of Student Life and Pro Bono Opportunities in September 2021 and was promoted to Assistant Dean of Student Life and Pro Bono Opportunities in August 2022.
“Her superb tenure here at the law school, coupled with her experience founding and running her own law firm before coming here, makes her the ideal choice,” Leonard said.
Byrne returned to Campbell Law after working in private practice for 15 years. She operated her own firm, Brooks & Byrne, from 2007 to 2020, where she worked to provide proactive representation in a cost-effective way. Most recently, as an associate attorney with Breeden Law Office, she counseled clients on a variety of family law matters.
In her new role, Byrne will oversee all of the law school administrative, budgetary and supervisory responsibilities for the departments of Admissions, Career Services, External Relations and Student Life and Pro Bono Opportunities.
In her former role, Byrne administratively oversaw more than 20 institutional student groups, as well as Campbell Law’s robust and ever-growing student-led pro bono portfolio.
Active in professional and civic communities, Byrne has served on the board of directors of Gigi’s Playhouse Raleigh and Hands of Compassion International, a non-profit based in Cary that provides services to people in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has served as a pro bono attorney for Project Together in Wake County. She also volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem in Harnett, Johnston, and Lee County, and participated in mission trips serving children in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association.
As a student at Campbell Law, Byrne served as vice president of the Student Bar Association (SBA) her 3L year and as a student representative her 1L and 2L years. She was the recipient of the Student Bar Association Service Award at graduation, active in the advocacy program’s moot court and client counseling competitions and served as vice president of the Christian Legal Society and ABA student representative all three years. She also served as Graduation Chair in 2006 and Law Day Chair in 2005.
Byrne, who lives in Fuquay-Varina, earned a bachelor of arts in rhetorical communications with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2002.
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