Alumnus William Bates '79 credits his Carolina Law education with providing him the skills to transition with his clients from securities law to mergers and acquisitions. But the same years that prepared him for his long career in Atlanta, Ga., and then New York City, also established a deep and abiding connection to his alma mater.
Bates went to law school with no clear practice direction but was drawn toward studying securities law primarily as a result of a summer clerkship. With few experts available to mentor students in those days, he planned an independent study with a professor to secure the training he needed. “I thought it was an area in which a young lawyer could make a mark,” says Bates, who was also a member of the North Carolina Law Review. “Of course, I didn’t know then how important professional judgment is in the securities area, which lawyers can only develop over time with experience.”
Through the years, Bates has not only been dedicated to providing the best legal service to his clients in this arena, but he has also stayed involved with Carolina Law. As a donor to the law school, Bates is a consistent annual member of the William Brantley Aycock Society. He also gives of his time, including service as president of the North Carolina Society of New York in New York City. Learn how to make your own gift.
The alumni association meetings, which focus on annual visits from the dean or special events, provide opportunities to network in New York City. “The good thing about the alumni association is that people do want to stay connected,” says the devoted alumnus, who also follows UNC athletics. Bates has many treasured memories from his law school days and even though he lives in New York, Bates maintains a passion for his native North Carolina, which is part of what drives his commitment to giving back to Carolina Law.
Read the full article in the spring/summer 2012 issue of the Carolina Law Magazine.
-June 20, 2012