Former county attorney David M. Mills has joined Campbell University’s law school as director of the new Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic.
“It is an honor to come home to Campbell Law,” said Mills, who will continue this private bankruptcy practice. “I am personally excited to be charged with directing a clinic that bears the name of an attorney I have admired and enjoyed knowing for many years.
Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced the appointment. Mills began his new duties Dec. 1.
“I appreciate the confidence shown by Dean Leonard and the hiring committee,” said Mills, who recently completed a five-year stint as county attorney for Johnston County. “I will do all I can to make the clinic a positive part of the community, profession and Campbell Law.”
Named after North Carolina bankruptcy and civil litigation attorney Trawick H. “Buzzy” Stubbs Jr., the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic will begin operation with the spring 2015 semester. The clinic will receive referrals from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
“David is the ideal person to build the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic from the ground up,” said Leonard. “His professional experience, coupled with his service as a leader in numerous professional and community organizations, positions him perfectly to help mold our students and provide them with a unique learning experience in bankruptcy law.”
A native of Trenton in Eastern North Carolina, Mills received his undergraduate degree from Campbell University. Upon graduation from Campbell Law, he began his legal career in Johnston County, becoming partner in Mast, Schulz, Mast, Mills, Johnson & Wells in Smithfield.
Mills opened his own practice in January 2007, representing individuals and businesses before the Bankruptcy Court. He is a leading attorney in the field of farm bankruptcy and reorganization. A member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Mills frequently speaks to other attorneys and groups regarding bankruptcy rights and practices.
Mills has held leadership roles in numerous professional organizations throughout his career. He sits on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors.
Outside of the legal profession, Mills is chairman of the Johnston-UNC Health Foundation. He has also chaired the Trustees Committee of Centenary United Methodist Church and was vice chairman of the church’s Finance Committee. Mills has served on the boards of the Johnston County Tourism Authority and the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp. He has also served as chairman of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce board.