RALEIGH – Campbell Law School Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity honored and presented longtime professor Thomas P. Anderson with the 2012 Justice James Iredell Award at a gala ceremony on Wednesday at the Cardinal Club.
Since 1980, the Iredell Award has been annually presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to both the legal profession and Campbell Law School. Inspired by the life and writings of Justice Iredell, the award honors the recipient’s accomplishments, effort and tenacity.
“If it wasn’t for the students, we would not be here,” said Anderson. “Campbell Law School has created a ripple effect in the practice of law in North Carolina, and I appreciate you for honoring me for my part in the helping to create that ripple effect in this state.”
Professor Anderson graduated from the University of Alabama and earned his juris doctor cum laude at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has taught trial advocacy and civil procedure to scores of practicing attorneys in North Carolina.
Prior to Campbell Law, Anderson practiced law in Birmingham, Ala., arguing cases before both the state civil court of appeals and the state supreme court. Following practice, he was a Freedman Fellow at Temple Law School where he earned an LL.M. in legal education. He has taught in the Emory Law School Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques program, as well as continuing legal education courses in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
At Campbell Law, Anderson coached numerous trial teams to regional championships and Top 10 placements at national competitions. He received the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers prestigious Charles Becton Award for Outstanding Teaching of Trial Advocacy, and twice received the Campbell Law Outstanding Professor Teaching Award by a vote of the students. He was also the first recipient of the Campbell Law Dean’s Award for teaching. Upon his retirement as a full-time faculty member, he was named Campbell Law Professor of Law Emeritus by the Campbell University Board of Trustees.
Anderson was also a founding member of the North Carolina Legal Education Assistance Foundation, which serves as the nation's first statewide loan repayment assistance program for attorneys working in public service careers. He served on the North Carolina LEAF's Board of Directors from its founding in 1989 until his retirement prior to the 2011-12 school year.
View the 2012 Iredell Award Banquet photo gallery on the Campbell Law School Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/campbelllawschool.