UNC Pro Bono Students Dan Hemme and Nate Creger at Pitt County Election Protection Presentation
for Civil Rights attorneys and UNC Law Pro Bono Students have continued to
present voter education programs in communities across the state. These non-partisan public education and
information presentations are part of Center’s participation in the national Election
In addition to
this community outreach, the Center will again be coordinating the North
Carolina call center for the Election Protection Hotline on Election Day, November
6. Voters anywhere in the state 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. Trained UNC Law students and
faculty, with other community volunteers, will be available to answer voter
questions and document and address voting problems or irregularities.
Posted by Taiyyaba A. Qureshi on Fri. November 2, 2012 11:16 AM
Categories: 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.
Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Fri. September 28, 2012 2:48 PM
Categories: Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights
Law students and faculty at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, along with community volunteers, will staff the North Carolina Election
Protection hotline, a toll-free, nonpartisan resource to answer voter questions
during the primary election on Tuesday,
May 8. Election Protection is a nationwide voter advocacy and education
coalition of more than 100 local, state and national partners, and is coordinated
by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Voters anywhere in the state can call 1.866.OUR.VOTE
(866.687.8683) or 1.888.VE.Y.VOTA (888.839.8682)
between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., the hours polls are open in North Carolina,
with questions about their rights and the voting process. Assistance will be
available in English and Spanish.
Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Wed. May 2, 2012 4:22 PM
Categories: Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights
Ms. Florine Bell outside an abandoned home on Branch Avenue in Lincoln Heights, NC
students spent their Spring Break on the Wills Project, providing free wills,
powers of attorney, and living wills for low-wealth clients in Halifax, Lenoir,
Pitt, Avery and Watauga counties. The biannual Wills Project is sponsored
by the UNC Pro
Bono Program, Legal Aid, and the
UNC Center for Civil Rights. Before meeting
their first clients, students on the Eastern NC team were led on a walking tour
of Lincoln Heights, and excluded community in Halifax County, by community
advocate Ms. Florine Bell. Ms. Bell has
been a minister and organizer in Lincoln Heights for several years and has
spent her life fighting for economic, legal, and social justice in Halifax
outside the Lighthouse of Deliverance Church on Branch Avenue, Ms. Bell gave a
brief history of Lincoln Heights. Community Inclusion Attorney Fellow Peter Gilbert then gave an overview
of community exclusion, the layered effects of disempowerment faced by Lincoln
Heights, and the Center’s work there and in other excluded communities.
Continue reading for more pictures, student remarks, and a video of Ms. Florine Bell's introduction and Center Attorney-Fellow Peter Gilbert speaking about community exclusion.
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Tue. April 10, 2012 3:56 PM
Categories: Annexation, Community Inclusion, Community Leaders, Education, Environmental Justice, Halifax County, Heirs' Property, Law Students, Pro Bono, Race Discrimination, Segregation
The Center for Civil Rights, in collaboration with the UNC Law Schools Pro Bono Program and Legal Aid of North Carolina, helped coordinate and lead the sixth pro bono Wills Project. The project provides intensive practical skills training for law students, and then takes them into under-resourced communities across the state to help prepare wills, powers of attorney and living wills for Legal Aid eligible clients. In October, 22 law students, working under the supervision of Center staff, Legal Aid and volunteer private lawyers, staffed wills clinics in Chatham and Moore County, and served 29 clients and drafted and executed 76 advanced directives.
The Center's interest in the Wills Project, which it helped initiate in 2009, is twofold: to prospectively address the challenges that heirs' property presents in the excluded communities with which we work; and to help engage and train the next generation of civil rights lawyers.
Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. November 4, 2011 3:33 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Heirs' Property, Law Students, Pro Bono