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

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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.

Adam Stein is a founding partner of the firm Chambers, Stein and Ferguson, the first integrated law firm in the southeast. Adam has long been recognized for his efforts to provide fair representation to all citizens. He has worked tirelessly for decades to fight discrimination across the state. Adam and the firm appeared before the US Supreme Court in landmark voting rights (Thornburg v. Gingles, Shaw v. Hunt, and Hunt v. Cromartie), school desegregation (Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education) and prisoner rights cases (West v. Atkins). In 1971 an intentionally set fire gutted the firm’s office in Charlotte.

In 1980, he was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt to establish the Office of Appellate Defender and served as North Carolina’s first Appellate Defender. Adam was the first chair of the Indigent Defense Services Commission and a founding member of the Board of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. More recently Adam and members of his firm have played key roles in the passage and the first cases brought under the Racial Justice Act. Adam is a member of the legal team fighting the current redistricting legislation in North Carolina state court.

Race and the Law Series Presents Adam Stein from UNC School of Law on Vimeo.

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