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Roger Smith was born in 1941 in Albemarle, N.C. He describes his childhood experiences growing up in a cotton mill town. He was a Morehead Scholar while at UNC for undergraduate and discusses playing on the football team, as his brother Wade M. Smith had before him. He speaks about going to law school at UNC School of Law and then clerking for Justice Higgins on the N.C. Supreme Court. He later joined his brother’s law firm in Raleigh. He also discusses his experiences handling death penalty cases and reflects on one of the most notable cases of his career that went up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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