Melissa Essary is a Professor of Law and former dean of Campbell University School of Law, where she teaches Employment Discrimination Law, Workplace Law, and Client Counseling. Prior to joining Campbell Law School, Essary was a Professor of Law for sixteen years at Baylor University School of Law. Essary is an award-winning teacher and scholar.
Essary is active in national roles in legal education. The American Bar Association has appointed Essary to numerous site re-accreditation teams whose mission is to assist in determining other law schools’ compliance with ABA Accreditation Standards. Essary also serves as a member of the National Law School Admissions Council’s Finance and Legal Affairs Committee.
Essary remains active in the legal profession and in civic activities. She has served on the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Professionalism Commission, as a Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors, on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Strategic Planning Committee, and on various Wake County Bar Association committees. She has served on the Executive Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Board of the Raleigh Downtown Alliance.
While at Campbell Law School, Essary has been honored as a Woman of Justice by North Carolina Lawyers’ Weekly and as a Woman of Achievement by the North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Business Leader Media has honored her multiple times for leadership in legal education.
Essary graduated from the University of Texas summa cum laude and was salutatorian of her Baylor Law School class.