Wake County partners with Campbell Law to protect residents from discrimination

Photo of dignitaries at ceremonial signing

RALEIGH — Leaders from Wake County, Raleigh, Knightdale and Morrisville gathered at Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh on April 19, 2022, for a ceremonial document signing of the county’s new non-discrimination ordinance.

The event signifies the county and several cities and towns are unified in their adoption of ordinances to protect residents from discrimination and demonstrate that equality, fairness and inclusion are core values in their communities. 

The event highlighted the new partnership with Campbell Law’s Restorative Justice Clinic in helping the county mediate any complaints brought as a result of the ordinances. Wake County began enforcing the new LGBTQ civil rights law earlier this year. The law school clinic staff and students will work on resolving disputes. 

Complaints about discrimination in public spaces and employment can be made here

Campbell Law Dean Rich Leonard told CBS 17 News the clinic is already working on at least one dispute. Watch the video at this link.

“Not every dispute needs to go to formal litigation and this is a way to teach my students that there are a lot of ways to be a lawyer and a lot of ways to resolve disputes,” Leonard said.

The News and Observer also wrote about the issue in-depth at this link.

Wake County’s nondiscrimination ordinance impacts the unincorporated areas of the county but Raleigh, Apex, Knightdale and Morrisville have also adopted ordinances.


 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 4,500 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 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.