Life Skills 101: Legal Documents

Thursday, July 22 | 1-1:45 p.m. (EDT)
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What is a living will? Who needs a health care power of attorney? What does durable power of attorney mean? Grab your lunch or brunch (depending on your time zone), and click in with J. Tristan Routh ’08 (’11 JD), of Carolina Student Legal Services, and learn which legal documents everyone over the age of 18 should have.

GAA members who attend all three Life Skills 101 classes get their choice of Carolina bag (because you’ll have these skills in the bag, get it? OK, OK). But really, you’ll get to choose from a drink tote or mini cooler for all those summer adventures. Must attend the three live classes and be a member of the GAA to have your bag choice shipped your way. Not yet a GAA member? Become one today.

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About Tristan Routh

Attorney Tristan Routh graduated with highest honors from UNC in 2008 with a bachelor of arts in peace, war and defense, and history. He later received his Juris Doctor graduating from the UNC School of Law in 2011. Tristan has experience working in a variety of fields, including:

  • Staff attorney, Carolina Student Legal Services, Inc., 2014 – present
  • Staff attorney, Randolph County Department of Social Services, 2012-14

  • Associate attorney, Gavin and Cox, Attorneys at Law, Asheboro, 2011-12

Tristan handles the landlord-tenant cases for the office and most of the litigation cases. He is an excellent litigator and enjoys advocating for students in the courtroom. He is also well versed in many other areas of the law and assists with a variety of other cases in the office, including criminal and traffic matters, employment questions, contract reviews, consumer issues and more.

​Tristan also has a great connection with University faculty and staff because of his long history with the University. While in law school, he served on the Carolina Union Board of Directors for two years, which he has continued since joining our office. He also served as a student advocate on the UNC Graduate Attorney General’s staff from 2008-10 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and an Argonaut in the Order of the Golden Fleece. He also participated on the Broun National Trial Team while in law school from 2009-10, which encouraged his passion for litigation.  

Tristan has also held many roles within his community. In 2014, he was the vice-president of the N.C. Social Services Attorneys Association. After law school, he served as an attorney advisor for the Asheboro High School Mock Trial Team from 2011-13.​

In his spare time, you can find him gardening, spending time with friends or cooking gourmet meals and new recipes. Tristan loves traveling, good food and good company. He is also a large promoter of sustainability, shopping local and preserving the environment.

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