Congratulations 2020 CCLA Scholarship Recipients

August 21, 2020

Capital City Lawyers Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our community through education, service, and scholarship. CCLA will award two scholarships to deserving law students who demonstrate a commitment to practicing in the Triangle area and using their legal training and skills to benefit low-income and/or traditionally underserved communities.

Lucy Campbell, Class of 2022, at Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, has a long history of involvement in public service work. Before law school, Lucy Campbell worked in both public defense and immigration law, hoping to serve the underserved. After law school, Lucy Campbell intends to go into civil rights law, either directly or through criminal defense.

At Campbell University, Lucy Campbell is extremely involved. She is a co-managing partner for the school’s death row visitation program, the president for the school’s public interest student association, the secretary the university’s “Legal Hackers” club, and a research assistant working under Professor Marcus Gadson. This past summer Lucy interned at Connecticut Legal Services and worked primarily on domestic violence cases and COVID-19 related housing cases.

Cristiano L. Méndez, Class of 2021, at Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, is committed to providing a voice for the voiceless. A second generation immigrant, Cristiano has focused his studies, extracurricular activities, and work experiences towards leaving his community in a better position than it was when he found it. Excellence is a lifestyle, and should be displayed in every thing you do.

Cristiano is passionate in criminal law and would like to provide criminal defense to low income individuals. The Project Manager of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Project at Campbell Law and the former Vice-President of the Hispanic Law Student Association, Cristiano has a particular personal attachment to immigrants and the Latinx population. Being that Latinx make up ten percent of the North Carolina population but only two percent of attorneys within the state, Cristiano is determined towards seeing a future where Latinx take active role in the practice of law. 

In light of the having to cancel the in-person Scholarship Reception, please see the thank you videos below from each recipient.