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Richard Vinroot, born in Charlotte in 1941, practiced law in Charlotte after graduating from UNC for undergraduate and from UNC School of Law for his legal studies. He volunteered and served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After returning from service he joined the Charlotte firm Fleming, Robinson & Bradshaw. At the time of this interview he was serving as mayor of the City of Charlotte. He discusses his Swedish immigrant father, receiving the prestigious Morehead Scholarship to attend UNC, playing basketball during college for Coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith, and working at Institute of Government while still in law school. He concludes with reflections on the economic and social climate of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County—addressing municipal issues such as transportation—and comments on legal ethics.

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