Naeema Muhammad, co-director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, speaks about her experience working alongside the UNC Center for Civil Rights.
On Sunday, April 9th, the UNC Center for Civil Rights gathered with friends and colleagues for "Justice for All," a benefit concert hosted at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC. Non-profit community outreach network Mighty Neighborly organized the concert in response to the UNC Board of Governors' ongoing effort to prohibit the Center for Civil Rights from engaging in any direct representation or advocacy on behalf of individuals, families or communities.
Justice for All performers included Keny Roby, I Was Totally Destroying It, shirlette ammons, The Backsliders, Elizabeth Haddix and the Gurley Flynns, Pre-Raphaelites, Happy Abandon, Laurelyn Dossett, Molly McGinn, and Alice Gerrard.
Between musical performances, a number of speakers shared their support for the Center for Civil Rights. Speakers included Senator Floyd McKissick, Senator Angela Bryant, Representative Graig Meyer, Professor Gene Nichol, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network co-director Naeema Muhammad, and the Center's managing attorney, Mark Dorosin.
Center staff thank the concert's performers, speakers, and organizers, as well as all who attended, for their support. Photos from the event are below.
Read More... (Recap: "Justice for All" Benefit Concert at the Haw River Ballroom)
Posted by Brent J. Ducharme on Wed. April 12, 2017 10:24 AM
Categories: General, Law Students
To support the Board of Governors effort to prohibit the Center for Civil Rights from engaging in any direct representation or advocacy on behalf of individuals, families or communities, one BOG member circulated a memo
to that mischaracterized the Center's work and mission. The following is to provide some context and clarification of that memo. Claim:
The Center for Civil Rights has no oversight to ensure that it pursues UNC’s educational mission rather than the “personal causes and interests of center personnel.”
Fact:The Executive Director of the Center is a tenured member of the law school faculty and oversees the work of the Center, including its direct representation and advocacy. Additionally, before any litigation can commence, Center staff must submit a justification memo to the Dean of the Law School. The Center cannot engage in litigation without the Dean’s approval.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Thu. March 23, 2017 3:13 PM
Categories: General, Law Students
The United States has merely 5% of the world’s population, yet nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners.
North Carolina Advocates for Justice hosted a conference in October 2015, presented by the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC-CRED), titled “Understanding Mass Incarceration.”
The presentations highlighted the serious problems that remain deeply imbedded in the American criminal “justice” system; one presenter went as far as saying that he never referred to it as the criminal justice system, and instead opted for the more realistic phrase, “criminal legal system.” The problem of mass incarceration was referred to as a civil rights crisis, as it negatively affects access to housing, employment, voting, and education.
Blog by: Maria Lopez Delgado, 3L, UNC School of Law
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Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Fri. November 20, 2015 2:34 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Criminal Justice, Law Students, Race Discrimination
UNC School of Law students, with other community volunteers, are staffing a toll-free, non-partisan hotline to answer voter questions on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, as part of Election Protection, a national voter advocacy effort. Voters can call 1.866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683) or 1.888.VE.Y.VOTA (888.839.8682) with questions about their rights and the voting process. The hotline is open now for early voting, and will remain active through the closing of the polls on Election Day.
This November is the first major election after the passage of North Carolina House Bill 589, which significantly changed the voting laws in North Carolina. The Election Protection Hotline will provide resources to support voters at the polling place. Voters can call the Hotline to report any problems they encounter or witness at the polls, verify their registration status, or find their polling location.
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Posted by Jennifer Watson Marsh on Wed. October 29, 2014 11:55 AM
Categories: Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights
Center Attorney-Fellow Bethan Eynon and UNC Law Students Kevin Delaney, Ernest Washington after making a Voter Education presentation at the Durham NAACP
The Center for Civil Rights has launched a pre-election voter education outreach program
with the goal of ensuring that every eligible voter is able to
meaningfully exercise the right to cast a ballot on Election Day.
Through September and October, law students and Center attorneys will
travel throughout Central and Eastern North Carolina to host voter
education programs. These 30-minute presentations will focus on several common voting rights
issues, including registration, early voting, absentee ballots,
residency requirements, provisional ballots, campaign activities at the
polls, voter identification laws, redistricting, access to and
assistance at the polling place, and how criminal history affects the
right to vote.
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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Fri. September 28, 2012 2:48 PM
Categories: Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights
Center Interns with Attorney Dhamian Blue at the Center's 2012 Summer Speakers Series
During the Center's annual Summer Speaker Series, local social justice attorneys talk about their work and career paths with Center for Civil Rights interns. These weekly roundtable discussions are an important part of the Center's mission to encourage and train the next generation of civil rights lawyers. This summer, eight outstanding public and private attorneys who have dedicated their careers to different aspects of the struggle for civil rights shared their stories.
Summer Intern Kelly Anderson (2L, UNC Law) commented on the Summer Speaker Series:
"I found it inspiring to listen to the stories of so many lawyers who have developed innovative ways of doing civil rights work and dedicated large portions of their careers to serving the public. This gives me great hope for the future of civil rights law and reinforces my desire to continue incorporating civil rights work into my legal career."
Read More... (“The Future of Civil Rights Law” - Local Social Justice Lawyers encourage Center interns in 2012 Summer Speaker Series)
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Mon. August 20, 2012 10:00 AM
Categories: Law Students, Professional Development, Race and the Law Series
Since its founding, the Center for Civil Rights
has fulfilled its goal of helping train the next generation of civil rights
lawyers by providing volunteer opportunities to dozens of law students during
the school year and employing paid law student interns each summer.
Interns with Cassandra Stubbs, ACLU Death Penalty Project. Ms. Stubbs came for the Center's Summer Speaker Series, where social justice attorneys speak about their work.
Summer interns work directly with Center clients and
attorneys to develop a first-hand understanding of civil rights law. They play
a major role in the Center's legal research, litigation, case investigation and
preparation, client counseling, and outreach, and critically enhance our
capacity to help communities throughout the state. This summer we are proud to
be working with several outstanding students.
Read More... (Center for Civil Rights Welcomes Summer Interns and Externs)
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. June 27, 2012 11:38 AM
Categories: Law Students
for Civil Rights submitted comments to the Department of Education on the
proposed 2012 “Race to the Top District” (RTT-D) guidelines. The NC Justice Center, Great Schools in Wake,
and the Concerned Citizens for African American Students joined the Center in
calling for the Department to ensure that the proposed guidelines prioritize the
development and maintenance of high-quality, racially and socioeconomically
diverse public schools.
The Center’s comments highlight that the RTT-D
guidelines entirely omit consideration of racial and socio-economic diversity
in schools, despite compelling evidence that such diversity is a core component
of a high-quality education.
Read More... (Center and partners submit Comment on RTT-D proposal, call for high-quality diverse schools)
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Mon. June 11, 2012 10:39 AM
Categories: Education, Law Students, Segregation