Chapel Hill to the Big Apple: Wes Earnhardt '04
Wes Earnhardt '04 always aspired to be a litigator, to be the lawyer in the courtroom arguing for a client and winning over the judge or jury. Now, 10 years out of Carolina Law and a partner at one of the nation’s oldest and most-storied law firms, he does just that at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City.
Like virtually all of that firm’s lawyers, he has learned to be a litigator through the firm’s distinctive training program, the Cravath System. It aims to “train our lawyers to be able to walk into any court in the country and do what the client needs,” Earnhardt says. But he learned the fundamentals of legal practice in Chapel Hill, where he immersed himself in writing and advocacy courses.
“One of the great things about Carolina, from my perspective, is that it armed me from the start with those types of practical skills that I could put to use the day I started at Cravath,” he says.