Jim Berry

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Jim Berry

Class of 1974

"I thought I might be a patent lawyer or do something to use my engineering background."
Jim Berry talks about why he left a career in engineering to come to Law School.
 

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Class of 1974

  • L. Lynn Hogue
    "The tension in the class was palpable and he seemed unwilling to relent. Finally, I thought, 'Well, somebody's going to have to throw themselves under the bus,' and I stuck my hand up."
  • L. Lynn Hogue
    "I think that kind of faculty investment is what really made this a different place."
  • L. Lynn Hogue
    "He said, 'You know, sometimes in life, you realize what the right thing to do is and the smart thing to do is to do it right then.'"
  • Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain
    "Your Law School friends are your lifetime friends."
  • Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain
    "He got through Vietnam and moot court could have killed him."
  • Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain
    "I'm not sure I would go to any of my classmates for legal work, because you know them foibles and all."
  • Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain
    "It was a backhanded compliment."
  • Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain
    "We were told to wear coats and ties."
  • Lynn McClain
    "I found it incredibly discouraging. The implication there is that we should be studying 24 hours a day."
  • Lynn McClain
    "It is a tremendous bonding experience."
  • L. Lynn Hogue
    "The worst thing about Duke Law School was its building."
  • Evelyn Cannon
    "We really needed each other to be able to get through."
  • Evelyn Cannon
    "Every time the issue of jurisdiction arises, as a judge, I think, 'If I don't have jurisdiction, I have no power.'"
  • Evelyn Cannon
    "Nixon's picture used to hang in the courtroom and was stolen several times."
  • Joan Erwin
    "He just turned to them and said, 'I didn't have to. She went to Duke.'"
  • Joan Erwin
    "[It] opened up so many ways of thinking for me. It was an absolutely marvelous experience."
  • Joan Erwin
    "Back then they did take secrecy in a grand jury seriously."
  • Joan Erwin
    "All of us were looking awful in our blue jeans and scraggly stuff, because we had been studying."
  • Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain
    "One of the women in the class above us finally said, 'You know, I wish I could have a wife, just for Law School.'"
  • Evelyn Cannon
    "We were supposed to read five or six pages. And my reaction was, 'I thought they said that Law School was hard.'"