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James Fuller, born in Salisbury, N.C., in 1942, begins by describing his experiences growing up as an only child in High Point, N.C. He attended Davidson College on a football scholarship, completed his legal studies at UNC School of Law, and served in the U.S. Army. He practiced in Charlotte from 1972 until 1983 and focused on civil rights law. Fuller then moved to Raleigh and shifted his legal practice a bit toward personal injury litigation. Later in his career Fuller taught as an adjunct professor at Duke Law School and UNC School of Law and worked with lawyers and law students in South Africa during the country’s period of apartheid. Topics Fuller discusses in this interview include his initial hesitations with attending law school, later work with Julius L. Chambers and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, race relations in North Carolina, his thoughts about trial practice, and his experience with death penalty cases.

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