Justin Outling, a business litigator and white collar criminal defense attorney at Brooks Pierce, was recently interviewed about his time as a student at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” The segment celebrated the 125th anniversary of UNCG and the school’s transformations from its beginnings as a women’s college to its modern-day advancements.
Host Frank Stasio led the discussion between alumni Jo Safrit (‘57), Tom Martin (‘70) and Outling (‘05). The three shared different perspectives on the history of UNCG as it evolved from a small college with a few degrees offered to its current state of more than 20,000 students who choose from over 100 undergraduate programs.
Outling, who currently serves on the UNCG Board of Visitors and the Greensboro City Council, also discussed the relationship between UNCG and the surrounding community, and the importance of diversity in the university’s leadership.
“Since that time (when Justin was a student) you have seen a convergence of both UNCG and the community and a recognition in large part the fate of the university as well as the fate of the city itself is intertwined,” Outling said. “It’s been interesting both as a recent graduate as well as now a Councilperson to see the development of that relationship and the collaboration of the university and the community.”
The full show can be heard here. The portion of the discussion featuring Outling begins at 20:47.