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George Foust Bason, born in Raleigh in 1926, graduated from UNC School of Law and clerked for Judge Donnell Gilliam in federal district court. He then speaks about going into general practice with James H. Pou Bailey (their firm was Bailey & Bason). He reflects on being elected to the newly formed district court system in North Carolina. He describes his involvement in juvenile law reforms and explains why he dedicated his career to advocating for children with special needs. Judge Bason discusses his role in the events surrounding the Willie M. v. Hunt [732 F.2d 383 (4th Cir. 1984)] case which ultimately led to the development of the state’s Willie M. Program (North Carolina’s first statewide treatment program for disturbed children). Other topics include childhood memories and the importance of ethics in legal practice.

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