Bankruptcy judge named dean of Campbell law school

From staff reportsApril 11, 2013 

— A federal bankruptcy judge has been named the new dean of the Campbell University law school.

J. Rich Leonard, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, will take over as dean of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law on July 15. Leonard replaces Keith Faulkner, who became interim dean after Melissa Essary stepped down last summer.

Leonard, a native of Davidson, has worked in the federal court system since 1979. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and a law degree from Yale. He also has taught at N.C. Central University, UNC School of Law and at Campbell.

“Although I take enormous pride in my tenure with the federal courts, I am both humbled and elated to be offered this unique opportunity,” Leonard said in a statement. “I believe in this law school. I appreciate the focus on rigor and discipline, and the emphasis on the practical aspects of law practice.”

The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law was founded in Buies Creek in 1976 and moved to downtown Raleigh in 2009.

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