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SOHP Series J. Legal Professions

Interviews conducted by students of the University of North Carolina School of Law with prominent lawyers and judges in North Carolina. Some of the lawyers interviewed are also politicians, who served in the North Carolina General Assembly or in the United States Congress. Interviewees discuss family and personal life in addition to career, law, legal ethics, and the legal profession. Many interviewees share childhood experiences, memories of World War II or the Vietnam War, college and law school experiences at UNC and elsewhere, and memorable cases. Several interviews, especially those with African American or Native American lawyers and judges, address racial segregation, school integration, and civil rights law. Other interviews address women in the legal profession. Some interviewees discussed the death penalty, and several interviewees describe working with Julius L. Chambers. These interviews were undertaken as part of a course taught by law professor Walter H. Bennett, Jr. The interviews were subsequently transcribed at the Law School and donated to the Southern Oral History Program Collection.

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