Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law today announced that in conjunction with its fall 2009 move to downtown Raleigh, the school will become home to the North Carolina Business Court — Raleigh division. The move will make Campbell Law School one of only a handful of the nation’s law schools to house a working court within its facilities.
The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized forum of the North Carolina State Courts’ trial division. Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law in the state are assigned by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to a special superior court judge who oversees resolution of all matters in the case.
“The addition of the N.C. Business Court to Campbell Law’s new location in downtown Raleigh is tremendous,” said Campbell Law School Dean Melissa Essary. “It gives our students the invaluable opportunity to utilize an on-site learning laboratory in which to observe attorneys in action as they argue their cases. It also provides greater visibility and interaction between the North Carolina State Bar and Campbell Law School.”
The Honorable Sarah Parker, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, added, “We are delighted to partner with Campbell Law School on a new location for the North Carolina Business Court’s Raleigh division. Campbell’s new downtown facility will offer convenience to litigants in the Business Court and efficiencies in the administration of the Court in the Law School’s advocacy wing. Additionally, it is a wonderful opportunity to help equip local law students with real-world experiences, which will ultimately make them better lawyers.”
The first Business Court was established in 1996 in Greensboro. With the passage of House Bill 650 in 2005, the Court’s jurisdiction was expanded and two additional Business Court locations were established in Charlotte and Raleigh. Chief Business Court Judge Ben Tennille has presided over the Business Court in Greensboro since its inception. Judge Albert Diaz and Judge John Jolly serve as Special Superior Court Judges for the Charlotte and Raleigh Business Courts, respectively.
The Business Court will move into Campbell Law School’s new Raleigh facility at 225 Hillsborough Street when the Law School opens in fall 2009 or shortly thereafter.