Family Law

Carlyn Poole Tharrington Smith, Raleigh

Away from the office, I am likely to be found with my grandsons at home or on my bicycle. My favorite cycling rides are on roads in northern Wake County through beautiful North Carolina woods.

Vita: Born Aug. 22, 1940, in Taylor, Texas; bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; two sons and three grandsons. Why she chose this field: I found that the combination offered by family law of complex legal issues and working with individual clients gives me a high continuing level of interest. What she’d be if not a lawyer: My first career was teaching high-school English and American history. Memorable cases: Those cases for trial that involved custody of children in representing a dedicated parent and those cases that involved long marriages that were ending in settlement in which each party treated the other with respect and grace. Passions: My grandsons, cycling, reading and travel. Hero: Theodore Roosevelt. Favorite book: Essays of E.B. White. Don’t ask her to: Take care of your cat.