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September 19, 2012

Campbell Law Alumnae to Receive 2012 Women of Justice Awards

RALEIGH, N.C. –Campbell Law alumnae Shelby Benton and Kimberly Miller have both been named recipients of 2012 Women of Justice Awards. Benton and Miller will receive their awards during a gala ceremony on November 15, and will also be featured in a special section of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Hosted by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, the Women of Justice Awards annually recognize women across the state of North Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.

A 1985 graduate of Campbell Law, Benton will receive the Litigation Practitioner Award, for fulfilling the aforementioned ideals in improving the quality of justice or contributing to the betterment of the profession. A partner at Hollowell & Benton, PA in Goldsboro, N.C., she recently received the 2012 Citizen Lawyer Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.

Miller, who graduated from Campbell Law in 2007, will receive the Rising Star Award, which is given to women lawyers 40-years of age or younger or within the first 10 years of practice who have already made a difference in the justice system or the profession and who appear on a path toward even greater accomplishment. Miller is a partner at Owens & Miller, PLLC in Raleigh, N.C.

In addition to Benton and Miller, Campbell Law professor and former dean Melissa Essary will receive the Legal Scholar Award at the 2012 Women of Justice Awards.


Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) 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 3,400 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 26 years, Campbell Law’s overall record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit




September 19, 2012