Soles family gift endows Janette Soles Nelson Public Service Scholarship

RALEIGH, N.C. – With a generous gift, the Soles family of nearby Greensboro, North Carolina has cemented the memory of Janette Soles Nelson, a 1992 Campbell Law graduate, and her deep commitment to public service. The gift renames and fully endows a recently created full-tuition award now named the Janette Soles Nelson Public Service Scholarship.

In keeping with Campbell Law’s mission to educate highly competent, deeply compassionate lawyers who see the practice of law as a calling to serve others, the Janette Soles Nelson Public Service Scholarship will be annually awarded to one exceptionally-qualified applicant with plans to practice law in service to the public. The Scholar will be selected based upon commitment to public service, academic excellence, and leadership potential. Campbell Law views public service broadly. In the legal profession, it may encompass legal or policy positions in, for example, government, a non-profit organization, community development, or law firms whose primary mission is serving the public interest. This scholarship renews automatically in each of the three years the Scholar attends Campbell Law, so long as the Scholar remains in good academic standing. This scholarship requires a separate application.

“It gives us great satisfaction to memorialize my sister in such a meaningful and appropriate manner,” said Bill Soles, brother of Janette Soles Nelson. “The Janette Soles Nelson Public Service Scholarship perfectly marries her love for North Carolina, helping others and public service. We are blessed to be a part of this permanent legacy and the exceptional students who will be selected to pursue their law degree at Campbell Law.”

Soles Nelson served for 20 years with distinction as an assistant attorney general in North Carolina. Outside of her day-to-day work, she served a lengthy tenure as counsel for Dorothea Dix Hospital. She was a member of the City Club of Raleigh and the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. Soles Nelson completed her undergraduate studies at Guilford College, where she played intramural sports and sang in the college choir, prior to attending Campbell Law.

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 twice received the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association, honoring its First-Year Professionalism Development Series in 2003 and the Connections mentorship program in 2016. The school has also been recognized by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,900 alumni, including more than 3,000 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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