Richard Waugaman ‘12 to direct Campbell Law School’s new family law clinic

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RALEIGH — Attorney Richard A. Waugaman III ‘12 has been chosen to lead the new Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Dean J. Rich Leonard announced. 

As director of the pro bono Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic, Waugaman will supervise law students working with clients on family law issues including divorce, paternity, child support and more.

“I am very excited and humbled to return to Campbell, a place where I spent seven years pursuing my education, to take part in the training of the next generation of attorneys,” Waugaman said.  “I am equally excited to lead the Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic as these students will gain hands-on practical experience in handling family law cases while more importantly providing vital representation to the most deserving and underserved portion of our local community.”

The Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic will begin providing students with the opportunity to work with clients on a variety of family law cases in Fall 2021. The Gailor Family Law Litigation Clinic is made possible through the generous donation of $250,000 from prominent family law attorney Carole Gailor, making her the first woman to have a Clinic named after her at Campbell Law.

“There is huge momentum and excitement among my students and community at large about this much-needed Gailor Family Law Litigation clinic,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “I am pleased to welcome Richard as our newest clinic director and I look forward to seeing the positive impact he and his students will have on our community.”

Prior to joining Campbell Law, Waugaman was an attorney at Lesnik Family Law P.C. in Raleigh, where he almost exclusively practiced family law both in litigation and non-litigation. He is also a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission-certified family financial mediator.

At Lesnik Family Law, Waugaman represented clients in child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution and other related matters. He has considerable experience working with cases involving domestic violence and zealously advocates for victims including women and children. His excellence in the field of Family Law was recognized in 2017 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorney’s as he was nationally ranked top 10 under 40.

Waugaman serves his community both as an at-large board member and chair of the emergency action subcommittee at Called to Peace Ministries. The Ministries is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization dedicated and established to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence. There Waugaman coordinates, evaluates and approves requests for emergency funding and financial assistance to victims. He has also volunteered at Campbell Law as an appellate advocacy coach, with his moot court teams advancing in multiple national competitions. His teams’ achievements include a quarterfinals appearance and awards for Top Ten brief and second-best oralist.

In 2009, Waugaman graduated from Campbell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. He graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from Campbell Law School in 2012.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law 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 4,400 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.