School of Law News

Former NCCU Law School Dean Harry Edward Groves Honored

On Friday, November 11, a dinner honoring the late Harry Edward Groves, the Emeritus Henry Brandis Professor of Law at UNC was held at the Carolina Meadows Retirement Community in Chapel Hill.Groves served as Dean of NCCU Law School from 1976-1981. Residents honored Groves who championed the rights of seniors through legislation he helped pass in 1989 (Chapter 58, Article 64 of the N.C. General Statutes).The legislation protected the rights and investments of 23,000 residents in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC).

Discharged after World War II, Groves enrolled in summer school at the University of Chicago, preparing for a degree in educational administration. Unchallenged by his classes, Groves applied to the law school and earned a J.D. in 1949. 

Several attorneys who attended Friday’s program spoke about the impact Groves had during his tenure at NCCU Law School. Speakers included former professors Jim Beckwith, Ronald Steve Douglas ’82, The Honorable Wanda Bryant ’82, The Honorable Milton Tingling ’82 and Attorney Jason Groves ’96 (grandson). Attorney Jason Groves unveiled a portrait of his grandfather Harry outside the Carolina Meadows Auditorium.