First African Americans on N.C. Bench exhibit featured on N.C. Courts podcast

Photo of Dean Leonard being interviewed in front of First NC African American Judges on the Bench

In celebration of Black History Month, Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard is featured on this week’s episode of the North Carolina Courts podcast, “All Things Judicial.”

The bonus episode features a tour of the law school’s exhibit entitled, “First African Americans on the North Carolina Bench,” led by Leonard. The exhibit features a timeline of the lives and achievements of each judge and justice from 1968-2006. While today North Carolina has numerous African American judges, there were no African Americans on the bench in the Old North State prior the late 1960s.

The podcast also gives a shoutout to Campbell Law’s student-led podcast, the Campbell Law Reporter.

In addition to the audio podcast, a video compilation is available on the N.C. Courts YouTube channel.

“All Things Judicial” is a podcast about the important role of the North Carolina Judicial Branch in state government. The podcast, which began in February 2021, follows a bi-monthly release schedule with each new episode available for download every other Wednesday. On the podcast you’ll hear interviews from recognizable figures in our judicial communities and learn about topics you may not have realized were related to what we do every day – human trafficking prevention, civics education and the increased modernization of our courts.

“All Things Judicial” is available on all podcast platforms and on