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2012 Women of Justice

Melissa A. Essary, Professor of Law, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University (access required)


As dean of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, Melissa Essary led the initiative to move the law school from the university’s main campus in Buies Creek to Raleigh in 2007, giving students better access to state and federal agencies and courts, as well as the General Assembly. That move has produced a clear benefit: More than 80 percent of the 2012 graduating class completed one or more externships, which is among the highest percentages in the country.

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Janet Ward Black, Ward Black Law (access required)


Janet Ward Black is the president of one of the largest women-owned law firms in North Carolina and has served in more than 50 business and civic organizations throughout the course of her career, including as president of the North Carolina Bar Association. She works hard to pave the way for other young women to follow in her footsteps.

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