Campbell Law School recognizes the achievements of the class of 2022 – archyde

RALEIGH — Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law awarded 155 Juris Doctor degrees Friday to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in its 44th graduation and graduation ceremony.

Nottingham Law School Deputy Dean Matthew Homewood awarded Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees to Joonu-Noel Andrews Coste and John Edward Ryan III on behalf of Nottingham Trent University, UK .

“Today is the culmination of a seemingly endless amount of hard work, preparation and sacrifice,” said Dean J. Rich Leonard. “We celebrate your accomplishments to date and look forward to seeing you launch your new careers. You went to law school in the weirdest times. Throughout this journey, you have shown resilience and good humor that will help you in your job. As you expand into big business and small, big city and small hamlet, in private, public, academic and corporate positions, I hope you leave here as warriors of democracy and Justice.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge James Wynn was the first speaker. In his entertaining and inspirational speech, Wynn told graduates that today “you’ve gone from aspiring lawyers to aspiring lawyers.” He added, “Be cool in everything you do and leave the world a better place.”

valedictorian Aryana Ainolhayat thanked her family and friends for their support and praised her classmates for their resilience during the pandemic. “I know you will all make wonderful lawyers,” she said.

You can watch the recording of the graduation ceremony on You Tube at this link.

As part of the graduation ceremony, the following awards were presented:

The Howard Memorial Award for Christian Citizenship is awarded to the person whose citizenship and leadership exemplify the Christian character and aspirations of the law school. Established by the Howard Memorial Christian Education Fund in memory of Barry Howard.

  • Aryana Ainolhayat of Fayetteville

Third Year Academic Excellence Award is awarded to the graduate student with the highest academic average in the third year.

  • Aryana Ainolhayat of Fayetteville

Richard A. and Nikki A. Lord Outstanding Graduate Award is awarded to the individual who excels academically as well as in other endeavors thereby contributing fully to the law school, to their peers, and to the legal profession. This award, which recognizes overall excellence, was created by Campbell Law Professor Emeritus Richard A. Lord.

  • MaryAnne Mulligan Hamilton of Raleigh

Jessie and Elizabeth Leonard valedictorian awards created by Dean J. Rich Leonard for valedictorian, named in honor and memory of his parents.

  • Aryana Ainolhayat of Fayetteville

Dean’s Outstanding Improvement Award is awarded to the individual with the most outstanding academic improvement during their law school career. The recipient is chosen by the Dean and the Associate Dean.

  • Christina Belville from Raleigh

Robert A. Jenkins Award is awarded to the individual whose work in various competitions or other fields best represents the law school to the community, profession and public.

  • Miriam Denise Sheppard of Snow Hill

National Association of Women Lawyers Award is awarded to an individual based on academic achievement, motivation, and potential to contribute to the advancement of women in the profession.

  • Karen Hope Lowrey from Rochester, Illinois

Norman Adrian Wiggins Estate Planning Award is in memory of Dr. Norman Adrian Wiggins, late President and Chancellor of Campbell University, in recognition of the highest performance in the field of estate taxation and planning.

  • Manuel X. Settler of Greensboro

Student Bar Association Service Award is awarded to the individual who provides unusual service to the student body and the law school.

  • Jillian Berry Greenville Camp

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award is awarded for outstanding achievement in the Student Advocacy Program.

  • Michale J. Vitale III of Auburn, New York

North Carolina Advocates for Justice Student Advocacy Awards

These awards are given to students showing the most significant improvement during their required performance sections in advocacy, as evidenced by their performance and grade; leadership efforts; school success; and collegial respect and work ethic. These awards are sponsored by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. This year’s winners are:

  • Ryan Marie Cooke of Southern Pines and Hunter Gray Pethel of Greensboro

Calhoun Advocacy Award is awarded for the best performance in the trial and appellate advocacy program. Founded by Mr. Jean Calhoun, class of 1980.

  • Justin B. Lockett of Rolesville

Safran Moot Court Award is awarded for outstanding contribution to the law school advocacy program. Founded by Perry R. Safran, class of 1981.

  • Brandon Lewis Brower of Charlotte

Rebecca Ann Phillips Memorial Award was created by the Class of 2011 in memory of their classmate. Awarded to the person who embodies honorable ideals and demonstrates an interest in representing victims of domestic violence.

  • Kacie Ann Campbell of Asheville

ALI CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award is awarded to the individual who best exemplifies a combination of scholarship and leadership, qualities embodied by the American Law Institute.

  • Justin B. Lockett of Rolesville

Pro Bono Publico Award is awarded to the person whose demonstrated commitment to voluntarily illustrates the aspirations of the Faculty of Law and the best intentions of the legal profession.

  • Jillian Berry Greenville Camp

Outstanding Clerkship Student Award is awarded for excellence in clinical fieldwork and for exceptionally thoughtful and introspective participation in a companion externship course. Sponsored by the Clinical Legal Education Association.

  • Lauren Katherine Cook of Asheville

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Student Award is a cash scholarship awarded to the graduate student who has demonstrated the competence, ethics, and skills necessary to elevate the practice of family law. It is sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

  • Christina Belville from Raleigh

The bar association

National society membership recognizing outstanding performance in the art of advocacy. This year’s winners are:

  • Brandon Lewis Brower of Charlotte
  • Kacie Ann Campbell of Asheville
  • Garner’s Tabitha Mandela Cooke
  • Jennifer Alejandra Garcia of Raleigh
  • Justin B. Lockett of Rolesville
  • Miriam Denis Sheppard of Snow Hill
  • Michael J. Vitale III of Auburn, New York
  • Camille Jean Wrotenberry from Rathdrum, Idaho
  • Samantha Rae Wyant of Lake Avon, Ohio

Order of Old Kivett

Awarded for exemplary representation in advocacy competitions while adhering to the highest ethical standards. This year’s winners are:

  • Carly Alexa Amendola from Charlotte
  • Breann Beverly Burns of Pulaski, New York
  • Carolyn Elizabeth Dun from Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Charles Tyler Ellenberg of Stonewall
  • Kara Geralyn Frances Goray of Raleigh
  • Mary Katherine Harris of Fuquay-Varina
  • Melvin Lamont Holland Jr. of Durham
  • Caroline Margolis of Raleigh
  • Rebeka Lynn Parent from Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Hunter Gray Pethel of Greensboro

Summa Cum Laude is awarded for a degree obtained with the highest distinction. The recipients of this honor are:

  • Aryana Ainolhayat
  • MaryAnne Mulligan Hamilton
  • Maren Hope Lowery

Magna Cum Laude is awarded for a degree obtained with great distinction. The recipients of this honor are:

  • Victoria Gracie Allen
  • Peyton Elisabeth Baer
  • Angelique Nicole Ballas
  • Lauren Katherine Cook
  • Ryan Marie Cooke
  • Tabitha Mandell Cooke
  • Earl Hampton Crumpler III
  • Robert Allan Havelka III
  • Katherine Landin Johnston
  • Justin B. Lockett
  • Caroline Margolis
  • Ryan Allen McCollum
  • Miller Scott Moreau
  • Rebeka Lynn Parent
  • Mary Skye Robertson
  • Miriam Denise Shepard

cum laude is awarded for a degree obtained with distinction. The recipients of this honor are:

  • Carly Alexa Amendola
  • Patrick Hubbard Archibald
  • Claudia Barcelo
  • William Gray Barker
  • Jamie David Blue
  • Brandon Lewis Brower
  • Manuel X. Colon
  • Jonathan Scott Earnest
  • Andrew James Franklin
  • Ashwat Chandra Giri
  • Brandy Renee Godwin
  • Mary Katherine Harris
  • Madison Creed Hildebrandt
  • Devin L. Honbarger
  • Marvin Adam Hudson
  • Mason Beatty Meredith
  • Andrew Reid Peterson
  • Hunter Gray Pethel
  • Vanna Lucille Prestage J
  • Joseph Palmer Riddle IV
  • Rachel Collins Samuelson
  • Camille Jean Wrotenberger
  • Alexandre Luka Zupancic

Campbell Law congratulates each of you on your academic achievements!


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has trained lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who see the law as a call to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the best professionalism program in the nation and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the best advocacy program in the nation. Campbell Law has more than 4,300 alumni, settling in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating as legal leaders and 12 years of settling into a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s capital.

Jon J. Epps