The Center for Civil Rights joined a national coalition of
education and civil rights advocates calling on the US Department of Education
to encourage school diversity as a factor in grants through the Department’s
Investing in Education ("i3") fund. The Center and coalition members called on the Department to
include “promoting diversity” as a priority to be used in evaluating i3 grant
Read the coalition’s comment letter.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Thu. January 17, 2013 9:48 AM
Categories: Education, Segregation
In a recent "Race and the Law" series, Center staff and UNC Law School
professors reenacted excerpts from the oral arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas. The case was heard at the US Supreme Court on
October 10, 2012. UNC School of Law Dean Jack Boger. CCR Attorneys Mark
Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix, and the UNC Office of University Counsel filed an an amicus brief on behalf of the University of North Carolina in this case.
Deputy Director Charles Daye played the role of Chief Justice Roberts.
Center attorneys Mark Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix and UNC Law
professors Eric Muller, Erika Wilson, Al Brophy, and Catherine Kim
played other Justices. Community Inclusion Fellow Bethan Eynon read the
position of Petitioner Fisher, Education Fellow Taiyyaba Qureshi took
the part of Respondent University of Texas, and Equal Justice Works
Fellow Peter Gilbert acted as US Solicitor General.
Watch the video below:
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Mon. January 14, 2013 12:01 AM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race and the Law Series, Race Discrimination
Jennifer Marsh is a civil rights lawyer and the Center’s new Director of Research, Community Services and Student Programs. Prior to joining the Center, Jennifer served as the Project Manager and Senior Attorney for the Racial Justice Act study conducted by Michigan Law School. She provided her reflections on the landmark hearing last month that commuted three death sentences under North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act.
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks issued a ruling under the North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act (RJA). The order commuted the death sentences of three notorious murderers and resentenced them to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Passed in 2009, the RJA states that “no person shall be subject to… a sentence of death… pursuant to any judgment that was sought or obtained on the basis of race.”
Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Tue. January 8, 2013 4:00 PM
Categories: Criminal Justice, Race Discrimination
Alvin Corum (L) and John Gresham (R)
Dr. Alvis Corum was a longtime
tenured faculty member and the Dean of Learning Resources at Appalachian State
University when he learned of a plan to relocate and split up the Appalachian
Collection, a seminal collection of books, reports, music, and artifacts of the
historic culture of the Southern Appalachian Region. When he protested, Dr. Corum was removed from his deanship
and stripped of his administrative duties. Dr. Corum and his attorney John Gresham brought a successful free speech claim that resulted in a landmark civil rights ruling recognizing the right to bring claims directly under the North Carolina constitution.
The Center hosted Dr. Corum and Mr. Gresham for a "Race and the Law" event, where the spoke about the history of the case. Continue reading for a video of the talk.
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. January 4, 2013 9:59 AM
Categories: Community Leaders, First Amendment, Race and the Law Series