First Recipient of Cheshire Schneider Scholarship Announced

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Nelson to receive Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholarship

RALEIGH, N.C. - Incoming first-year student Terrie Nelson has been selected to receive the Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholarship from Campbell Law School. The award is one of three highly prestigious, full-tuition awards.

In keeping with Campbell Law’s mission to educate and develop vigorous advocates for championing and defending individual liberties and justice for all, Campbell Law annually offers the Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholarship to one incoming law student who has achieved demonstrable success in advocacy programs such as debate or mock trial during high school and/or college experiences. Initially established as the Excellence in Advocacy Scholarship, the award was re-named in honor of prominent Raleigh attorneys Joseph Cheshire, V and Alan Schneider of Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan in December 2014 following an anonymous $100,000 gift to the law school in their honor.

“I fully recognize that not everyone has the privilege to attend law school, but everyone should have the opportunity to be fairly and fervently represented in our court system,” said Nelson. “I am honored to receive the Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholarship and to have been selected to attend one of the most prestigious law schools in the state, and with the opportunity that has been afforded to me, it is my aim to become a skilled advocate so that I may better serve others.”

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Nelson holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington (UNCW). As an undergraduate student she received the Rachel Freeman Service Leadership Award and the Senior Medallion Award. During her graduate studies Nelson served terms as president and vice president of the UNCW Conflict Management & Resolution Graduate Student Association, and as treasurer of the UNCW Graduate Student Association. Nelson has worked as a victim witness legal assistant in the New Hanover and Pender County district attorney’s office, and has volunteered in the community at Pender County Christian Services and with Pender County Teen Court.

An internal search committee comprised of advocacy experience from within the Campbell Law community interviewed an impressive slate of finalists and ultimately selected Nelson for the award. Campbell Law Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Dan Tilly steered the committee alongside namesakes Cheshire and Schneider.

“It would be difficult to find a better person to receive the first Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholarship,” said Cheshire. “Terri’s entire life has been one of hard work and personal accomplishment while using advocacy and personal dedication to positively affect other people’s lives. She embodies what this scholarship is supposed to nurture and I could not be happier that she will be its first recipient.”

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School 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 3,650 alumni, including more than 2,500 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more

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