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Elizabeth Darden Smith earns law degree


Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law graduates are shown during a May 13 graduation ceremony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.  Contributed photo

Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law graduates are shown during a May 13 graduation ceremony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Contributed photo

RALEIGH — Wilson resident Elizabeth Darden Smith is among 155 graduates to receive Juris Doctor degrees when Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law held its 44th hooding and graduation ceremony May 13. The ceremony was held in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts’ Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh.



Nottingham Law School Deputy Dean Matthew Homewood bestowed Master of Laws degrees on Joonu-Noel Andrews Coste and John Edward Ryan III on behalf of Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.

“Today is the culmination of a seemingly endless amount of hard work, preparation and sacrifice,” Dean J. Rich Leonard said. “We celebrate your accomplishments to date, and we look forward to watching as you launch your new careers. You have gone to law school in the oddest of times. Throughout it all, you demonstrated resilience and good humor that will aid you in your profession. As you spread out across big firms and small, big cities and small hamlets, private, public, academic and corporate positions, I hope you leave here as warriors for democracy and justice.”

U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Judge James Wynn was the commencement speaker.

“You have transferred yourselves from wannabe lawyers to gonna-be lawyers,” Wynn told graduates. He added, “Be cool in all you do and leave the world a better place.”

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has been recognized by the American Bar Association as having the nation’s top professionalism program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best trial advocacy program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,600 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond.