Austin “Dutch” Entwistle III
I first realized that I wanted to be a lawyer in my sophomore year of college at UNC Chapel Hill. Like a lot of sophomores, I found myself undecided on what future I wanted to pursue. I was very fortunate to have older friends who were already interested in going to law school, and these friends told me how becoming a lawyer seemed like such a natural path for me to follow.
They encouraged me to double down on my efforts in school, join the Club Mock Trial Team, and really put myself out there. Leading by example, these friends motivated me to go out and help others. In particular, these friends of mine were very active in the Orange County community in working with people with disabilities. Whether it was organizing 5K race fundaisers, raising awareness on campus for using more appropriate language, or just having the local branch of Extraordinary Ventures over for dinner, we made it a point to be advocates and friends of our brothers and sisters born with disabilities.
Through all of this, I learned what it felt like to be there for very worthy people who do not always get a fair shot at certain aspects of life. I learned how important it can be for someone to have an advocate on their side who is willing to fight for them and represent their interests in some of the most significant times of their life.
In college, I found my passion. In law school, I learned tools through which to channel that passion. Now, at Hartsell & Williams, I once again find myself surrounded by passionate role models, and I am honored to emulate the great attorneys here as we all serve to make this community better.
Growing up in Concord, North Carolina, I always heard about the exceptional reputation of Hartsell & Williams. This firm made its name, and continues to make its name, by offering second-to-none representation for the members of this community. As a younger man, I looked up to the members of this firm for their stature in the community. Now, as their fellow attorney, I look up to the members of this firm because of all that they accomplish in a day. The attorneys here will wake up early, spend their whole day representing their clients and providing exceptional services, and then when they get home they still make time for their families, friends, and community organizations.
During my second year of law school I won a Mock Trial National Championship known as the South Texas Challenge. You can imagine that law schools do not have football or basketball teams to send to the NCAA tournament, but law schools do have Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Negotiation teams that go out and compete against teams from other schools. Only the best-of-the-best make it onto the teams, and only the best-of-the-best come out as champions.
To give a little background, Stetson’s law school has historically been ranked #1 in the nation for advocacy programs. On our way to the finals, we beat several prestigious schools, including Georgetown in the semifinals. When we faced off against Stetson, we were underdogs in terms of national rankings, but we actually ended up being the #1 seed in the tournament for how soundly we defeated other teams on our way to the finals. We were the team to beat, but our preparation was rock solid, we had spent hundreds of hours preparing, and we believed in ourselves. I delivered the closing argument and the judges unanimously named our team Champion. It felt like the Miracle on Ice. The only thing we were missing was the “USA” chants.
I really enjoy spending time with family and close friends. Whether it is playing basketball at the YMCA, getting my friends together to play a board game, or travelling with my fiancé to see new parts of the world, I am happiest when I am active. I am also a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings and San Antonio Spurs, so any day I get to watch either of those teams play is a good day to me.
Professional & Civic
Cabarrus County Bar Association
Winner of the Mock Trial National Championship (South Texas Challenge)
Phone: 704.786.5161 ext. 7460