Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain

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Joan Erwin and Lynn McClain

Class of 1974

"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 joke about their classmates' antics in Law School and discuss some of the differences in the Law School building.
 

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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
    "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
    "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."
  • L. Lynn Hogue
    "I think that kind of faculty investment is what really made this a different place."
  • 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.'"
  • Jim Berry
    "I thought I might be a patent lawyer or do something to use my engineering background."