School Mourns Loss of Professor Emeritus Walker J. Blakey

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UNC School of Law shares with great sadness the death of Walker Jameson Blakey, professor of law emeritus, who retired last year after 39 years of teaching. Blakey passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

Blakey joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1971 and obtained permanent tenure in 1977. He lectured widely on evidence and trial advocacy, and served as a consultant to the committees that drafted the North Carolina Rules of Evidence. He taught contracts, evidence, alternate dispute resolution, interviewing, counseling and negotiation to generations of Carolina Law students.

"Walker was a person of extraordinary intellectual gifts," says John Charles "Jack" Boger '74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law. Blakey served as director of the Sydney Summer Study Abroad program for several years, and was a faculty adviser to several moot court teams, volunteering annually to give all first-year students a weekend's exposure to interviewing, counseling and negotiation techniques through a series of mock problems.

UNC School of Law held a memorial service for Blakey on Thurs., Nov. 10. Read remarks from Dean Boger (PDF), Professor Emeritus Ken Broun (PDF), Professor Judith Wegner (PDF), and former student Taiyyaba Qureshi '10 (PDF).

Blakey was born in Beattyville, Ky. He received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1963, a law degree from the Ohio State University in 1967, after which he went into private practice and served as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery located at 1721 Legion Road in Chapel Hill, N.C. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Walker's Funeral Home, 120 West Franklin Street, in Chapel Hill.

His obituary ran in the News & Observer. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Orange County, North Carolina Special Olympics in memory of Walker Blakey.

-September 28, 2011

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