Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced Terrence Bagley ’82 of McGuire Woods is financially sponsoring a team of Campbell Law student advocates that will compete at the Capital City Challenge on March 5-8 in Washington, D.C. Campbell Law won the competition in 2018 and looks to repeat that success this year.
The team includes Weldon Coates, Hunter Holtzclaw, Courtney Haywood and Dane Peddicord. The team is coached by current Wallace Advocacy Fellow Maurizo Lewis-Steit ’19 and former Wallace Fellow Kimberly Dixon ’15, who is an associate at Ragsdale Liggett.
“Terrence has financially paved the way for our student advocates, and we are blessed to enjoy our relationship with him,” Leonard said. “His gift provides the opportunity for our students to learn, get competitive experience and show the rest of the country how our first-class advocacy program is molding the future leading attorneys of tomorrow. We are in debt to him for his generosity.”
The Capital City Challenge is hosted by American University Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society. The competitors will be evaluated and critiqued by approximately 50 experienced federal and state prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys. The competition, in keeping with a strong commitment to experiential learning, exposes participants to the dynamics of trial advocacy in a 21st century courtroom. Modern trial advocacy has become dependent on the use of technology, and law students are learning to integrate the use of this technology to prepare and present their cases. The advancing semi-finalists and Best Advocate awards are announced at a Casino Night following the preliminary rounds and will continue to compete the following day.
Bagley is the former chair of the law school’s Board of Visitors, former deputy managing partner at McGuire Woods and former chairman of the firm’s litigation department. His practice focuses on products liability, toxic tort and commercial litigation. Under Bagley’s watch, the litigation group grew from about 350 lawyers to more than 500 and earned widespread recognition. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. After completing Campbell Law, he joined McGuireWoods, a national law firm, in the Richmond, Virginia, office. He became a partner at McGuireWoods and later the chair of the firm’s Product Liability Department. Bagley has tried cases in state and federal courts across the country, and also has a regulatory practice focusing on Consumer Product Safety Commission matters.