Bertel Sparks, a native of Jackson County, Ky., was a professor of law at Duke University and taught in Harlan and Jackson County Schools. During World War II, he served as a special agent with the Counter Intelligence Corps. He was professor of law at New York University from 1949 to 1967.
He was the author of Contracts to Make Wills and Cases on Trusts and Estates. He was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. His honors include the LL.B with distinction from the University of Kentucky; Bronze Star Medal, and Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. At Eastern, he majored in commerce and minored in social science. He earned the LL.M and the S.J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.