PCC Helps 'Elevate' Morrill to Law Career
Not many can say their career involves working with the BAT Mobile. But for Pitt Community College graduate Dale Morrill, that is precisely the case in his role as a North Carolina Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (or TSRP).
Indeed, working with North Carolina’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Units (or BAT Mobiles) is just one aspect of the 33-year-old Morrill’s job to train and educate prosecutors and law enforcement on traffic safety issues and how to handle them in criminal courts.
Though he is a native Californian, Morrill chose to remain in eastern North Carolina upon completion of his service with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997. He enrolled in University Transfer courses at PCC because he wanted to attend a school that offered “a transitional atmosphere” with students determined to go somewhere in life.
“I wanted to go to college yet felt unprepared to attend a four-year university,” said Morrill, who was an active student at Pitt through his work with the school’s Student Government Association, Student Ambassadors and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.
It was through his student organization activities at Pitt that Morrill began developing an affinity for working with the community. “(PCC) elevated my consciousness of who I was and what I could be,” he said. “My eyes were opened to higher education and public service.”
Morrill has fond memories of those he shared classes with at PCC and the caring faculty and staff members he credits for his success at the school. “I felt PCC was a community,” he said. “PCC elevated all of us (students), so I cannot think of one memorable event; I can think of dozens.”
Upon completing Pitt’s University Transfer program, Morrill went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from East Carolina University, where he posted a 4.0 grade point average and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2000. From ECU, it was back to his home state, where he earned a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2004.
Morrill returned to North Carolina shortly thereafter and took a job as an assistant district attorney in Durham County in 2005. He took great effort to learn about and specialize in traffic safety issues, which ultimately led to his position as a TSRP, which he accepted in October 2007.