"For so many Duke Law alumni, Judge Everett is Duke Law School. He embodied the qualities of leadership and service in and through the law. He was a model of the citizen-lawyer. His distinguished career as a law professor and judge has been an inspiration to faculty, students and alumni at Duke Law School for over 50 years." — Dean David F. Levi
As a child, Judge Robinson O. Everett wanted to be a detective. Aside from that youthful aspiration, the son of prominent Durham attorneys Kathrine R. Everett and Reuben O. Everett T '06 never had a particular career in mind.
"My parents hadn't worried much about me, and they never really talked to me about work," said Everett, who died on June 12, 2009, at the age of 81. "They were pretty sure I wouldn't be a detective."
It was a friend's suggestion rather than any specific ambition that led Everett to apply to Harvard Law School following his graduation from Harvard University in 1947 at the age of 19. "I graduated magna cum laude and that made me a reasonable candidate," Everett said. "I didn't have any plan, so I went over there." Three years later Everett again graduated magna cum laude, this time from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review.
In 1954, he was proudly sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court Bar along with his parents.
Everett's path to the law may have been uncertain, but the legacy he leaves behind for family members, friends, and colleagues is not. Read more
This short documentary, made by Greg Everett in 2000, chronicles the life and career of Judge Robinson O. Everett.
In these excerpts from a 2008 interview, Judge Robinson O. Everett discusses changes in the Law School over the course of his five-decade teaching career.
- Legal scholar, redistricting expert leaves legacy at School of Law (The Duke Chronicle)
- Our community loses a treasure (The Herald-Sun)
- Law scholar Robinson Everett dies at 81 (The Herald-Sun)
- Duke Law professor, Everett, dies at 81 (The News & Observer)
- The lawyer who changed N.C.'s political landscape (The Charlotte Observer)
- Reunion 2008: Everett receives A. Kenneth Pye Award
- Remarks by Judge James C. Dever III upon the presentation of the A. Kenneth Pye Award to The Honorable Robinson O. Everett
- Judge Robinson O. Everett inducted into NCBA Hall of Fame
- Duke Law community celebrates Judge Robinson Everett's support of LENS
- LENS sharpens its focus after 9/11
- White collar crime conference organized in honor of Robinson O. Everett
- Professor Robinson Everett receives the Judge John J. Parker Memorial Award
- Law community celebrates the career, achievements of Robinson O. Everett