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Judge James H. Pou Bailey, the son of lawyer and U.S. Senator Josiah Bailey, was born in Baltimore in 1917. He recounts highlights of his strict upbringing and education at the preparatory school Woodberry Forest and at UNC. He describes his work in the FBI following graduation from UNC School of Law in 1941 and his involvement in World War II as a service member in the U.S. Army. Bailey practiced law from 1946 to 1965 in Raleigh, beginning with criminal law and then transitioning to a focus on civil banking law. He was then appointed superior court judge for the 10th District in North Carolina (serving until retirement in 1985). Bailey describes his involvement in a few high profile cases including the criminal trials of Joan Little and Percy Moorman. He concludes by speaking about the role of the judiciary and the differences between serving as a judge and practicing as an attorney, highlighting some emerging issues in the legal community.

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