$1 million launches Campbell clinic challenge (Updated)
    September 30 2008 by Dianna Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

    Campbell University’s law school received a $1 million challenge grant today to set up a legal clinic.

    The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, which announced a move to Raleigh about a year ago, received the grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping bring about social and civic change.

    "Our graduates are part of the fabric of North Carolina," law school Dean Melissa Essary said a year ago at the press conference announcing the move from Harnett County. "We look forward to building upon our heritage with new opportunities in Raleigh."

    The announcement came at an 11 a.m. press conference at the site of the new facilities on Hillsborough Street.

    Barbara Goodmon, president and executive director of the foundation, said the legal clinic is an investment in North Carolina’s future.

    “Human beings just don’t have the ability to always do the right thing,” she said. “We do the right things when we have to. These students, our young people … are the ones that will have to force change.”

    Campbell’s law school move and the $1 million challenge grant is “the beginning of a new day in North Carolina,” Goodmon said.

    The grant will be applied to Campbell law school’s $27.5 million “Campaign for Raleigh.” Funds raised toward the challenge grant will help underwrite the clinic’s operations, which will focus on critical community issues such as housing and needs of low-income seniors, among other important social justice concerns.
     
    “The creation of the Legal Clinic will allow our students — the next generation of community leaders — to work directly with those who often have no voice, and certainly no legal representation,” Essary said. “It is our responsibility to help our students view the practice of law as a calling to serve others and we could not be more grateful for Barbara and Jim Goodmon’s support in accomplishing this objective.”
     
    The clinic will be dedicated to providing low-income and other residents of the greater Raleigh region with pro bono legal services. Led by experienced clinical directors, the programs will be staffed by second and third year Campbell Law students. In addition to providing valuable service to individuals who might not otherwise be able to retain an attorney, the clinic will present future lawyers with practical, hands-on experience.

    Jim Goodmon, the foundation’s chairman of the board and CEO and president of Capitol Broadcasting, said Raleigh’s business community needs to show support for the legal clinic and the law school.

    “I can’t think of anything better to happen for our downtown, for our region,” he said. “When I look at this building, I think something important is going to happen.”

    The move from Buies Creek is designed to give students more access to internships with law firms and clerkships with judges.

    Essary said a majority (70 percent) of the school’s almost 3,000 graduates practice in North Carolina, including about 500 attorneys in Wake County.

    Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said the move would capitalize on Raleigh's strength as "a center of education and public service."

    Since it was founded in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law has been honored by the American Bar Association for having the nation’s best trial advocacy program and having the nation’s top professionalism program.

    The school currently has about 50 staff and faculty members. They will move to 225 Hillsborough Street to a 107,000-square-foot downtown building called Hillsborough Place.

    The building is owned by a company headed by Art Pope, a former state legislator and well-known conservative.

    The move also means Raleigh can get rid of a long-standing label: the largest capital city without a law school. That label will be dropped when classes start in 2009.

    9/30/2008 7:07:00 AM by Dianna Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor | with 0 comments
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