Five Questions

October 5, 2011Duke Law News

Professor Jane Wettach is the director of the Children's Law Clinic and teaches Education Law. Read her profile.

Quick bio:
Hometown: I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but left there before I finished high school. I like to claim Durham as my hometown!
College & Law school: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1. During my free time, I love to:
... spend time outdoors, travel, and talk to my 88-year-old mother on the phone.

2. Favorite law school memory:
About six weeks after I got my law license, I was working at Legal Aid in Winston-Salem. My client was facing a foreclosure on her home and it was my job to stop the foreclosure. My supervisor told me I should try to get a Preliminary Injunction and advised me to look at Rule 65 of the N.C. Rules of Civil Procedure. As I read the rule and thought about the pending foreclosure I had an amazing revelation: All that stuff they taught me in law school is REAL!!! Firecrackers were going off in my mind: Now I get it!!! I see how it all works! Wow! I get it! I get it! I fought off the temptation to call my professor then and there to share my revelation -- not wanting to admit that it was only at that moment that I finally understood Civil Procedure!

3. Favorite Durham activity:
Going to the Durham Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.

4. What are you reading right now?
I just finished "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. It is historical fiction, which is my favorite genre.

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise your colleagues and students.
I have a very strong domestic side. When at home, I spend a fair amount of time sewing, baking, and crafting. I have hand-printed my Christmas cards since I was 17 years old.

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