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Norman B. Smith, born in Iron Mountain, Mich., in 1938, went to college at UNC where he was in the Navy ROTC. He served two years in the U.S. Navy and then attended Harvard Law School. He began his legal career in private practice in Greensboro. Smith describes his involvement in the Speaker Ban case alongside colleague McNeill Smith, other notable cases of his career including Woodson [407 S.E.2d 222, 329 N.C. 330 (1991)] and Bumper [391 U.S. 543 (1968)] (which he took to the N.C. and U.S. Supreme Courts, respectively), and work with the ACLU and other civil rights organizations.

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