Campbell Law School Confers 143 Juris Doctor Degrees At 2012 Graduation Ceremony
Submitted by: MMI Public Relations
Raleigh, NC (OPENPRESS) May 17, 2012 -- Melissa Essary, dean of the Campbell Law School (http://law.campbell.edu), has announced that Campbell Law School conferred 143 Juris Doctor degrees at its 34th annual hooding and graduation ceremony on May 11 in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The 2012 class marks the first in Campbell Law history to spend its entire tenure in its new Raleigh location.
Gen. William K. Suter, Clerk of the United States Supreme Court, delivered the commencement address. In his remarks, Suter spoke at length about character, leadership, and the importance of integrity. He urged each graduate to read about great leaders and learn as much about leadership as possible, and he used George Washington and his leadership both at war and as the first President of the United States as a powerful example. Suter spoke of the importance of listening as well and cautioned the graduates not to take themselves too seriously.
Patrick Newman of Beaufort, N.C., received one of the degrees as a part of the class. As a paraplegic, Newman enjoyed much more accessible Raleigh location as compared to the older Buies Creek one. Since Campbell Law School moved to downtown Raleigh in 2009, Newman was able to enjoy most of his college career at the new location.
"This is a class that started with a vision of what the law school could and would be in Raleigh," said Campbell Law Dean Melissa Essary. "We didn't even have a building to show them. When they started in 2009, the paint was barely dry on the walls, but it didn't deter them one bit from continuing their studies with us. I can say unequivocally that I am proud of the first class that banked on Campbell Law School's reputation and trusted us to build a physical law school. They have carried on the history and great traditions of the school, providing a seamless transition between our past in Buies Creek and our future in the heart of the state capital. On behalf of Campbell Law School, I congratulate all of this year's graduates."
- As the Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, Suter manages the Supreme Court's docket, records and calendar, oversees the Supreme Court Bar, and attends all oral arguments. He has served in that role since 1991, and is the 19th person to hold the position.
- Suter sits on the Campbell Law School Board of Visitors as well.
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Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University 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 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 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 25 years, Campbell Law's record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit http://law.campbell.edu.
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