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Michael Okun was born in Boston, Mass. in 1947 and moved with his family to Chapel Hill in 1950. He attended Antioch College and then UNC School of Law, graduating with his law degree in 1980. Okun speaks about specializing in labor law, his time in Washington, D.C., working as a litigation attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and some of the first cases he tried. Okun reflects on clerking for Judge Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He speaks about entering private practice in Greensboro—and later, Raleigh—representing labor unions like the state AFL-CIO in lobbying efforts and managing unemployment cases.  He also notes his periodical role as adjunct instructor at various law schools like Cornell Law School, William & Mary Law School, Wake Forest School of Law, and UNC School of Law.

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