CLASSMATE SPOTLIGHT:Â David Kent
For most of our third year at BC Law, the members of the class of 1971 were sniffing around looking for positions to begin their professional lives.Â At the time the school boldly touted the starting salaries and big firm positions that some of our members were landing.Â My purpose in attending law school wasÂ a little different from most.Â I had already earned an MBA and wanted to enter college teaching.Â In fact, I had workedÂ teachingÂ real estateÂ three nights a week since graduatingÂ from the University of New HampshireÂ all the way through law school.Â My college mentor suggested law school rather than theÂ PhDÂ or DBA route.Â So,Â I searched New England for a teaching position.
I had financed my undergraduate degree at UNH playing in a rock band.Â It was great fun and we played colleges all over the Northeast and even cut an album.Â Unfortunately, the music, being a town fireman, andÂ running track caused a rather poor undergraduate record.Â NotwithstandingÂ my record, the band connection, my MBA record,Â and friendsÂ from my band daysÂ caused me to get an interview and position at Plymouth State College.Â The salary, however, didn’t help the class average,Â and I suspect BC kept it a secret.
An undergraduate friend from UNH had attended BU Law and was in a practice in Plymouth.Â He and a BC grad invited meÂ into their practice part-time.Â After several years, Walter Murphy,Â the head of the firm who was a special justice of the Plymouth District Court was appointed to a be clerk of the Superior Court.Â With Walter’s help, I was appointed to take the special justice position in Plymouth. Â I held that part-time position for 35Â years, and was forced to retire by a constitutional mandate at age 70. I still maintain status as a judicial referee for civil and small claims matters in various courts in New Hampshire.
On the personal side, Carolyn (Widge) and I had been together for three years of college.Â She became a band ratÂ while excelling in her academics as an occupational therapist.Â After my graduation,Â I went into the Air Force Reserve,and we were married shortly after my return. She encouraged me to attend BC Law,Â although I had alreadyÂ been accepted to Suffolk Law.Â It made things a little difficult as our daughter,Â Sarah,Â came along during the first yearÂ of law school.Â In fact, I can still remember being brought up short by Professor Fletcher in our Torts class for daydreaming.Â What he didn’t realize was thatÂ I hadÂ not slept for 36 hours whileÂ WidgeÂ was delivering.
Our move to Plymouth, New Hampshire andÂ our professional lives there were very rewarding in the long-run.Â With the help of friends,Â I was able to find a fruitful career, and as a teacher, I helped thousands of young people begin their careers.Â I became the chair of two departments and had a long and challenging career as a college professor and part-time judge.Â We both continue to work part-time, travel, and sail the coast.Â Life is good!
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