Blog Posts: Professional Development

Center Co-chairs "Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in the Trump Era" CLE

The Agenda from the "Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in the Trump Era" CLE
The Agenda from the "Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in the Trump Era" CLE

On April 11, the UNC Center for Civil Rights facilitated a seminar for lawyers on how to best represent Arab and Muslim-Americans under the current administration. Speakers included Christopher Brook of the ACLU of North Carolina, Bradley Banis of Barnwell, Whaley Patterson & Helms, Joseph Zeszotarski Jr. of Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski, Manzoor Cheema of Project South and Catherine Kim of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Topics ranged from challenging naturalization and green card delays to counseling clients facing questioning by law enforcement to the Muslim immigrant bans. The Center was proud to cosponsor the CLE with the North Carolina chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and Project South.


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Posted by Brent J. Ducharme on Mon. April 17, 2017 4:19 PM
Categories: General, Professional Development

“The Future of Civil Rights Law” - Local Social Justice Lawyers encourage Center interns in 2012 Summer Speaker Series

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."


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Mon. August 20, 2012 10:00 AM
Categories: Law Students, Professional Development, Race and the Law Series

Center Community Inclusion Fellow Peter Gilbert Receives Prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Peter with NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber on the NC Poverty Tour

I became a lawyer to help individuals as a public defender and had little hope that lawyering could produce significant systemic change. During law school, I interned at both a public defender office and at the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Although I found my criminal work rewarding, I was captivated by the effectiveness of the Center’s approach to challenging entrenched systemic racism, the legacy of de jure segregation that is the greatest obstacle to progress in the U.S. South.


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Posted by Peter Hull Gilbert on Mon. May 14, 2012 12:24 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Law Students, Professional Development

Center's upcoming Ethics CLE on Community-Based Lawyering especially relevant in light of Occupy movements

Legal representation of community groups presents unique ethical questions, especially when those groups are not legally incorporated. The rules of professional conduct generally envision a lawyer's duties to an individual client within the bounds of a formal lawyer-client relationship. Community lawyering often presents challenges that differ from this more traditional pattern. The Center for Civil Rights will address these ethical questions in an upcoming ethics CLE presented by the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

On December 1, the Center for Civil Rights will present: The People's Lawyer: A Course and Case Study in Community-Based Lawyering.

In addition to the ethics portion, the CLE also includes a case study of the Center’s community based advocacy to combat school resegregation in North Carolina. The Center will present its work with community groups in Halifax County who are working together to address the continuing challenges of inter-district segregation and educational improvement. The CLE will examine law and policy associated with public school segregation and education quality in North Carolina, and will examine litigation and non-litigation methods of addressing the issues.


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Mon. November 14, 2011 4:11 PM
Categories: Halifax County, Professional Development, Segregation

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