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Alumnus Rich Leonard (M.Ed. ’73) named dean of Campbell University School of Law

Alumnus Rich Leonard (M.Ed. ’73), who has worked as a federal bankruptcy judge since 1992, has been named dean of the Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Leonard is a Davidson County native who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1971, then earned his master’s degree from the School of Education before attending law school at Yale.

He has served as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina since 1992 and as chief judge from 1999 through 2006. Prior to that time, he was a United States magistrate judge (1981-1992) and clerk of court of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1979-1992). For more than a decade, Leonard also acted as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State to work with judiciaries in many developing countries.

In 2011, the American Bar Association awarded Leonard with the Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution to Judicial Administration. He is the 1992 recipient of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Federal Judiciary. In 2011, he was selected as the editor in chief of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.

Leonard has worked as an adjunct professor for N.C. Central University School of Law; UNC School of Law; and, most recently, Campbell’s law school. In 2012, Campbell Law’s Delta Theta Phi Fraternity presented Leonard with the Judge Robinson O. Everett Award for Legal Excellence.

“Judge Leonard’s wealth of experience in judicial leadership will prove tremendously beneficial to our students and faculty,” Campbell President Jerry Wallace said. “His commitment to academic excellence and the highest standards of legal education will help shape the future of Campbell Law School for years to come and we are excited to welcome him to this new role.”

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