The Campbell Law Reporter: A New Voice from Students for the Legal Community

Students at Campbell University School of Law recently launched a legal podcast for law students and legal professionals around the world.  The podcast hopes to provide intellectually stimulating discussions of current legal topics, while furthering Campbell’s mission to lead with purpose.

The legal profession has a reputation for being somewhat behind the times in its slow, uneasy embrace of technology; however, students at Campbell have developed a more accessible approach to connecting with perpetually busy law students and lawyers – a podcast.  The Campbell Law Reporter follows in the footsteps of increasingly popular podcasts by covering legal issues and bringing a fresh, student-driven perspective to the professional discourse. The CLR follows a format that is readily incorporated into listeners’ schedules.

The CLR “hope[s] to breathe new life into the dusty reporters on the shelves by reporting the content through captivating discussion,” according to CLR Editor-in-Chief, Hunter Koehl (‘20).  In addition to Koehl, Bailey Kirby (‘20), and Bryant Pernell (‘20) join in the leadership of the CLR as Managing Editor and Associate Editor.  The CLR also has two hosts, Shannon Lackey, (‘19) and Tanya Becena (‘20).  Campbell Law Communications and Marketing Director, Lisa Snedeker, and Professor Bobbi Jo Boyd act as advisors to the Podcast.

The CLR hopes to provide insights that are useful to all members of the legal community, not just law students

The CLR began releasing episodes bi-weekly on October 16, 2019.  While the content varies in each episode, the CLR hopes to provide insights that are useful to all members of the legal community, not just law students.  The first episode, titled “The Genesis Episode,” introduced listeners to the staff and hosts for CLR’s inaugural season and provided a sneak peek of some of the interviews included in the upcoming season.

The second episode released by the CLR featured a discussion with Campbell Law Professor Zachary Bolitho and his work with the Department of Justice in East Timor during the summer of 2019.  In this episode, Professor Bolitho explained why he believes the United States has the responsibility to assist underdeveloped countries establish their legal systems.

Future episodes will feature a variety of topics.

Future episodes will feature a variety of topics, including best practices for legal writing, arguing in front of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, advice law school admissions, and the fine tuning the qualities that judges look for in hiring law clerks.  According to Koehl, “We welcome suggestions for future content,” and “our desire is to expand our guest list to legal professionals outside of the law school.”

The students have worked diligently to create this podcast and are excited to see its expansion.  Dean J. Rich Leonard said, “Hunter and the other CLR staff members have done an impressive job of creating this podcast.  I never cease to be amazed by the creativity and drive of Campbell Law students.”

Episodes are ideal for listeners’ commutes, lunch breaks, or casual listening.

Currently, the podcast is available on Podbean, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts. Eventually, the podcast will also be available on Spotify.  New episodes are also found on the Campbell Law website. Episodes are about ten to twenty minutes in length, and are ideal for listeners’ commutes, lunch breaks, or casual listening.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Campbell Law Reporter, contact them at ca*****************@em***.edu.

Follow the CLR as they breathe new life into the ongoing conversations of our field.

The editors and staff of the Campbell Law Observer extend our congratulations to the creators of this incredible new venture, and we encourage all of our readers to share in their success by listening, sharing, and engaging with their dynamic production.  We welcome the Campbell Law Reporter as a sister publication here at the law school that strives to breathe new life into the ongoing conversations of our field. Be sure to follow them on social media and wish them all the best in their inaugural season.

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About Bryant Pernell (6 Articles)
Bryant Pernell is a third-year law student at Campbell Law School and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Campbell Law Observer. Originally from Kenbridge, Virginia, Bryant attended the College of Charleston where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Before law school, he worked as a real estate agent for Southern Virginia Realty, Inc., and interned at Harris, Mathews, & Crowder, P.C. While at Campbell Law, Bryant has served as Event Coordinator for Delta Theta Phi, a service-based fraternity, and is pursuing an LL.M in Legal Practice through Nottingham Trent University. He is interested in comparative legal studies, constitutional legal issues, and estate planning.
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