Stephen T. Smith McMillan, Smith & Plyler, Raleigh
My Triumph TR6 is a daily driver. No matter what’s happening in my life, every time I get in it, it makes me smile. That’s worth a lot.
Vita: Born Aug. 26, 1947, in Raleigh; bachelor’s from East Carolina University and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; wife, four children and one grandchild. Why he chose this field: My sense of justice and love for the Constitution. Over the years, I focused on white-collar defense because I like the business side. Memorable case: It involved an illegal immigrant already on death row for murder and child rape when I started representing him. I worked on his case for nine years. His death sentence was set aside, he was resentenced to death, and the sentence was set aside a second time. He’s serving life without parole now. What he’d be if not a lawyer: An opera singer, if I could sing. Hero: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His faith called him to stand up to injustice and power. Passions: Family, volunteer work on environmental issues and hiking. Recent reading: Van Gogh and God by Cliff Edwards. It’s a study of Van Gogh’s evolving faith and spirituality and how that influenced his paintings. Don’t ask him to: Dance. Sad but true.
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