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Alumni News: Thursday, March 10, 2011

School News

Murphy Lecture, Gregory F. Taylor - March 16

Gregory F. Taylor will deliver the annual Murphy Lecture Wed., Mar. 16 at UNC School of Law. Taylor will speak about his recent exoneration by the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, after spending nearly 17 years in prison wrongfully convicted of murder. Read More.

Alumni Spotlights

C. Allen York
Class of 2004
Associate, K&L Gates LLP
Raleigh, N.C.

What do you do in your current position?
I'm a real estate attorney, and most of my clients are developers and managers of shopping centers, office buildings and hotels. My work includes the disposition and acquisition, leasing and financing of these types of properties. I also counsel creditors in the real estate aspects of foreclosure.

When you were a law student, what did you think you would end up doing?
I thought I would be a litigator, which is certainly not the case. However, my current practice affords me plenty of opportunity for negotiation and conflict resolution, and without the procedural hassles.

What is one of your best memories of Carolina Law?
My classmates were academically and socially brilliant, and my best Carolina Law memories involve times with them, whether studying, meeting for lunch or enjoying sports and sporting events. One example is the "Supra Bowl" flag football game my second year, when our North Carolina Law Review team ran roughshod over the Duke Law Journal team. Our team was loaded, and they were atrocious.

Why do you support Carolina Law (both giving of your time and financially)?
My UNC law degree allows me to provide for my family and serve my community while doing interesting work with incredible people. I'm happy to be able to begin to return the favor by supporting the institution that accepted, educated and enabled me.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Emeritus Richard Rosen '76. Not only is he a great teacher of criminal procedure and the founder of the UNC Innocence Project, he also fries a mean chicken.

What are your current hobbies and interests outside of work?
My wife Heather and I have two young sons, Banks and Baker, and we stay busy. Not coincidentally, my current hobbies include Legos, Star Wars, camping, youth sports, video games, reading, treasure hunting and tree house construction.

How often do you make it back to campus?
Fairly often, usually for sporting events. Football games are important in my family, and we rarely miss one. Football Saturdays are a great way to introduce my sons to the campus and stay in touch with friends and classmates.

What one or two tips (or lessons learned) would you give to law students who are just about to graduate?
Tip 1: The people with and for whom you work will have just as much, if not more, of an impact on your career fulfillment as does the work that you do.

Tip 2: Submitting your best work to a client or court is just as important as meeting a deadline.

What are you reading (work or pleasure or both)?
My sister gave me The Match by Mark Frost for my birthday, and it's terrific. It's the story of a best-ball match in 1956 that pitted Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, professionals, against Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward, amateurs. I'm rooting for the amateurs since Ward was a Tar Heel.

If you could visit with any famous (but dead) legal figure, who would it be, and why?
Justice James Iredell, who had roots in eastern North Carolina, helped organize the North Carolina court system and was one of the first justices appointed by President Washington to the Supreme Court. His son was North Carolina governor James Iredell Jr. I would enjoy discussing colonial North Carolina, parenting and legal writing with Justice Iredell.

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