Campbell Law advocates finish as AAJ regional championship finalists, semifinalists

Photo of AAJ regional finalists posing in law school lobby

Campbell Law student advocates finished as regional championship finalists and semifinalists at the Mid-Atlantic American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 10-13.

Third-year students Kacie Campbell, Hunter (Grey) Pethel, Caroline Margolis, and Samantha (Sammi) Wyant, coached by Casey Peaden ’17, and second-year students Jacob Byrd, William (Taylor) Pulliam, Christopher (Chris) Stock, and Megan Von Canon, coached by Chamberlain Collier ’20, competed at the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional tournament during Spring Break.

Photo of AAJ semifinalists with Collier and her dog

The competition was hosted by Campbell University School of Law’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Daniel Tilly and Director of Competitive Advocacy Tatiana Terry at the request of the American Association of Justice. Sixteen law school teams from North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Virginia and Wisconsin competed in the tournament.

“Both teams of Campbell Law advocates – Kacie, Grey, Caroline, and Sammi on one; Jacob, Taylor, Chris, and Megan on the other – drew strong opponents in the preliminary rounds,” Terry said.

They faced teams from Washington & Lee, Duke, Howard, American University, Emory, Catholic University, William & Mary, and Georgetown law school in all the rounds. After the preliminary rounds, both Campbell Law teams advanced to the semifinal rounds.

“In their semifinal round, Kacie, Grey, Caroline, and Sammi defeated their opponents, placing them in the regional championship round.  Jacob, Taylor, Chris, and Megan narrowly missed out on advancing to the championship final round. After the lengthy trial in the championship final round, our team of third-year students finished as championship runners-up – a terrific result that will bring another Regional Championship finalist trophy to Campbell Law!”

“Please join me in congratulating all of these outstanding student advocates for their success, dedication, and hard work in representing Campbell Law,” Terry added. “I am immensely proud of them.”



Lisa Snedeker

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