Law Reunion Weekend
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Upcoming CLE programs include The Shape of the Coast on November 5, 2010, and The Festival of Legal Learning on February 11-12, 2011. For more information, visit the CLE office website.
TOMMY JARRETT '67
Dees Smith Powell Jarrett Dees & Jones
What do you do in your current position? I am a partner in a general practice law firm with four lawyers. I am principally a civil trial lawyer in most areas.
When you were a law student, what did you think you would end up doing? I probably thought I would be a judge.
What is one of your best memories of Carolina Law? Some of my best memories are of learning the law and discussing the law with classmates, but I also fondly remember playing "Hearts" in the old Manning Hall lounge.
Who was your favorite professor and why? William B. Aycock -- one of the greatest men I ever have known. He made learning exciting. He was so well respected because he was so courageous -- with service in WWII and as chancellor during the desegregation era and during the "Red Scare" era of the Speaker Ban.
What are your current hobbies and interests outside of work? I play golf, hike some, and I like to read history.
How often do you make it back to campus? Very often. I was a Law Alumni Board officer. I have season tickets to both football and basketball.
What one or two tips would you give to law students who are just about to graduate? It's simple: Act ethically and legally at all times.
What current issues/controversies in law are you watching most closely? Terrorism and how we should respond.
What are you reading (work or pleasure or both)? I read a lot of history and am currently reading The Last Days of the Incas (Simon & Schuster, 2008) by Kim MacQuarrie.
If you could visit with any past and famous legal figure, who would it be, and why? John Marshall and Hugo Black. Marshall made the Supreme Court into what it is today. Black was a Southerner who grew into greatness.
What do you find most rewarding about your law career? Some of the rewarding aspects are: (1) helping people solve problems, (2) still learning the law, and (3) serving the public and profession by, for example, serving as president of the North Carolina State Bar and as County Commissioner.
What alumni events do you attend? What do you like most about attending? Class reunions and law alumni events. I enjoy seeing old friends and learning about what is going on at the law school.
What advice would you offer someone considering law school? Make sure you are motivated by something other than possible monetary rewards. Be alert to any ethical issues that will arise from time to time.