Blog Archive: January 2013

Race and the Law: North Carolina civil rights veteran Adam Stein

UNC Center for Civil Rights was proud to host Veteran Civil Rights Attorney Adam Stein as part of the Center's Race and the Law series. Watch the video of Mr. Stein's talk.

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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. January 23, 2013 2:37 PM
Categories: Race and the Law Series

Center calls on US DOE to prioritize diversity in i3 grants

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 applications. Read the coalition’s comment letter.

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Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Thu. January 17, 2013 9:48 AM
Categories: Education, Segregation

CCR Staff, UNC Law Professors perform Fisher vs. TX arguments

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.

Center 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:

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Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Mon. January 14, 2013 12:01 AM
Categories: Amicus Curiae, Education, Race and the Law Series, Race Discrimination

Reflections: The NC Racial Justice Act and its Impact on Our State

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.”

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Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Tue. January 8, 2013 4:00 PM
Categories: Criminal Justice, Race Discrimination

Al Corum, John Gresham speak on historic Free Speech claim against Appalachian State

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.

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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. January 4, 2013 9:59 AM
Categories: Community Leaders, First Amendment, Race and the Law Series

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