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Campbell Law News – Mills To Lead Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic

David F. Mills
December 7, 2018

Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced today that David F. Mills has been tapped to lead the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic effective December 1.

Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced today that David F. Mills has been tapped to lead the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic effective December 1. Mills, a 1991 Campbell Law graduate, recently completed a five-year stint as county attorney for Johnston County, North Carolina. He will continue his private bankruptcy practice in addition to his duties at Campbell Law.

“It is an honor to come home to Campbell Law,” said Mills. “I am personally excited to be charged with directing a clinic that bears the name of an attorney I have admired and enjoyed knowing for many years.

“I appreciate the confidence shown by Dean Leonard and the hiring committee. I will do all I can to make the clinic a positive part of the community, profession and Campbell Law.”

Named after prominent North Carolina bankruptcy and civil litigation attorney Trawick H. “Buzzy” Stubbs, Jr., the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic will begin operation with the spring 2015 semester. The clinic will receive referrals from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Legal Aid of North Carolina, and will be hosted within the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at the historic Century Station Federal Building on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh.

“David is the ideal person to build the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic from the ground up,” said Leonard. “His professional experience, coupled with his service as a leader in numerous professional and community organizations, positions him perfectly to help mold our students and provide them with a unique learning experience in bankruptcy law.”

A native of Trenton in eastern North Carolina, Mills is a Double Camel, having also received his undergraduate degree from Campbell University. Upon graduation from Campbell Law, he began his legal career in Johnston County becoming partner at Mast, Schulz, Mast, Mills, Johnson & Wells, P.A., in Smithfield, North Carolina.

Mills opened his own practice in January 2007 representing individuals and businesses before the Bankruptcy Court.  He is a leading attorney in the field of farm bankruptcy and reorganization. A member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Mills frequently speaks to other attorneys and groups regarding bankruptcy rights and practices.

Mills has held leadership roles in numerous professional organizations throughout his career, and currently sits on the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Board of Governors. He formerly chaired the NCBA’s Law Practice Management Section and served on the NCBA’s Professionalism Committee. He has also served on the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Outside of the legal profession, Mills has consistently championed community service. He is currently Chair of the Johnston-UNC Health Foundation.  He has also chaired the Trustees Committee of Centenary United Methodist Church and was Vice-Chair of the church’s Finance Committee.  Mills has served on the Boards of Directors of the Johnston County Tourism Authority and the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.  He has also served as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce.


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