As an undergraduate at Harvard, Professor Campbell majored in English and Psychology. He also played rugby and won the school’s middle-weight boxing championship. Over the years his poetry has won numerous awards while being published nationally and abroad.
A Washington, D.C. trial attorney during the turbulent 1970s, alternately representing the government and indigent defendants, Professor Campbell also taught clinical law at Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, Catholic, and American universities.
He left Washington, D.C. in 1976 to teach full time at California Western and write his first book, LAW OF SENTENCING. This treatise, considered the national authority, has been cited four times by the U.S. Supreme Court and over 500 times by other courts and legal periodicals.
Professor Campbell currently sits on the board of directors for San Diego's Appellate Defenders, Inc. and Federal Defenders, Inc. Married to the best-selling novelist Drusilla Campbell, he and his wife raised two sons. His courtroom memoirs— a trilogy called TRIAL & ERROR: The Education of a Freedom Lawyer— have recently been published to the acclaim of judges, lawyers, law students, and laypersons.