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.
From Courtroom to Boardroom: Teresa Wynn Roseborough '86
As general counsel for The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, Teresa Wynn Roseborough '86’s scope of practice is as broad and varied as the contents of a Home Depot store.
“Everything from Chinese corporate law to bankruptcy to vendor agreements to litigation to employment to environmental law ... it’s hard to imagine an area of law we don’t touch,” she says.
As a corporate lawyer based in Atlanta, she’s responsible for what happens after the litigation is over — whatever the outcome — and even trying to prevent the next case from ever getting as far as a courtroom.
“The opportunity to stay engaged with the same set of clients, to really get to know them, to impact how they think, to help reason through issues and be involved in developing strategy,” she says, “is just a great opportunity and a great way to practice law.”