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Former Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court Willis P. Whichard To Speak At Moss Library | Netwest

April 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Coffee With the Poets and Writers is honored to welcome Supreme Court Judge Willis P. Whichard who will speak on his new book A Consequential Life: David Lowry Swain, Nineteenth-Century North Carolina, and Their University.
Judge Whichard, Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court from 1986-1998, is a lawyer who, like his titled distinguished book subject David Lowry Swain, has spent most of his career in public office and the academy.  He is the only person in North Carolina history who has served in both the North Carolina House of Representatives and the North Carolina Senate and on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.   Dean and Professor of Law at Campbell University from 1999-2006, he holds the A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina and the LL.M and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.
Born in Durham, N.C., he has been a resident of Durham, Chatham County, Town of Chapel Hill and, since 1979, a part time resident of Hayesville, N.C. He is married to Leona Paschal of Chatham County with two daughters and six grandchildren. He has a long and distinguished teaching career.  He served as Adjunct Professor, U.N.C. School of Law, 1986-1999, U.N.C. Undergraduate Honors Program, 1992, and Dean and Professor of Law, Campbell University, 1999-2006.
Judge Whichard’s first book entitled Justice James Iredell (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2000) precedes his newly published work on David Lowry Swain, who was also a judge, but life-long politician, the first Whig governor of of N.C. in 1832, and a most influential president of the University at Chapel Hill for thirty-three years (1835-1868). This book has been critically acclaimed and praised for its extensive scholarship. Judge Whichard writes, “arguably David Swain was the most influential and consequential North Carolinian of the nineteenth Century.  Indisputably his name must appear prominently on any respectable short list from which that selection is made.”
Coffee With the Poets and Writers meets every second Wednesday from March to December 2024 at Moss Memorial Library.  The event is free and open to the public.  An open mic will follow the presentation.  Please bring a poem or short prose piece of about three minutes to participate.  CWPW is sponsored by North Carolina Writers Network West (NCWN-W) which also includes writers in Towns, Union, Fannin and Rabun Counties in Georgia.


April 10
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Joan Howard


Moss Memorial Library
26 Anderson St
Hayesville, NC 28904 United States
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