RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law today announced that in conjunction with its fall 2009 move to downtown Raleigh, the school will become home to the North Carolina Business Court - Raleigh division. The move will make Campbell Law School one of only a handful of the nation's law schools to house a working court within its facilities.
The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized forum of the North Carolina State Courts' trial division. Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law in the state are assigned by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to a special superior court judge who oversees resolution of all matters in the case.
"The addition of the N.C. Business Court to Campbell Law's new location in downtown Raleigh is tremendous," said Campbell Law School Dean Melissa Essary. "It gives our students the invaluable opportunity to utilize an on-site learning laboratory in which to observe attorneys in action as they argue their cases. It also provides greater visibility and interaction between the North Carolina State Bar and Campbell Law School."
The Honorable Sarah Parker, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, added, "We are delighted to partner with Campbell Law School on a new location for the North Carolina Business Court's Raleigh division. Campbell's new downtown facility will offer convenience to litigants in the Business Court and efficiencies in the administration of the Court in the Law School's advocacy wing. Additionally, it is a wonderful opportunity to help equip local law students with real-world experiences, which will ultimately make them better lawyers."
The first Business Court was established in 1996 in Greensboro. With the passage of House Bill 650 in 2005, the Court's jurisdiction was expanded and two additional Business Court locations were established in Charlotte and Raleigh. Chief Business Court Judge Ben Tennille has presided over the Business Court in Greensboro since its inception. Judge Albert Diaz and Judge John Jolly serve as Special Superior Court Judges for the Charlotte and Raleigh Business Courts, respectively.
The Honorable John R. Jolly, Jr., presiding judge of the Business Court's Raleigh division commented, "We are very pleased with the prospect of the relocation. The Business Court's presence at Campbell Law School presents a stable location with state-of-the-art facilities."
The Business Court will move into Campbell Law School's new Raleigh facility at 225 Hillsborough Street when the Law School opens in fall 2009 or shortly thereafter.
About the North Carolina Business Court: The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized forum of the North Carolina State Courts' trial division. Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law in our state are assigned by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to a special superior court judge who oversees resolution of all matters in the case through trial. For more information, visit http://www.ncbusinesscourt.net.
About Campbell Law School: 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 and create a more just society. 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. In 2008, the Law School's Moot Court Program was ranked in the top ten nationally by the University of Houston's Blakely Advocacy Institute among 196 ABA accredited law schools. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,000 alumni, including 2,000 who reside and work in North Carolina. For the past 20 years, Campbell Law's record of success on the North Carolina bar exam is unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In the fall of 2009, Campbell Law School will relocate from the main Campbell University campus to a new location in downtown Raleigh.
Courtesy of law.campbell.edu