Blog Posts: Mark Dorosin

Mark Dorosin

Walnut Tree Community Challenges Discrimination in Town's Refusal to Annex

Walnut Tree residents at Town meeting
Walnut Tree residents at public hearing on annexation
After a decades-long fight for equal justice, residents of the Walnut Tree community and the Walnut Tree Community Association (WTCA) have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Town of Walnut Cove discriminated against the residents of this predominantly African American neighborhood when it refused their request to be annexed and fully included in the Town. The complaint argues that the Town’s repeated denials of Walnut Tree’s requests for annexation violate the Equal Protection Clause of the North Carolina Constitution.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Thu. September 21, 2017 2:25 PM
Categories: Annexation, Community Inclusion, Race Discrimination, Segregation

New Op-ed: "Cary Town Council Should Back Habitat Housing"

This op-ed by CCR Managing Attorney Mark Dorosin and Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Haddix appeared in the News & Observer on May 19.  The commentary describes the impacts of residential segregation and the goals of the Fair Housing Act, and follows a May 9 story about the Town of Cary Planning Board's rejection of a rezoning request by Habitat for Humanity that would have allowed the nonprofit to build 9 affordable homes.
Your Rights to Fair Housing


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. May 24, 2017 10:02 AM
Categories: Fair Housing, Wake County

CLARIFYING THE RECORD

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

SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF EUGENICS CLAIMANTS!

The Supreme Court opinion

In a unanimous ruling, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals decision dismissing the constitutional challenge brought by the families of three victims of the state’s forty-year forced sterilization program whose claims under the Eugenics Compensation Act were denied in 2015.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. March 17, 2017 2:22 PM
Categories: Sterilization

VIDEO: Silver v. Halifax County NC Court of Appeals Argument


On September 19, 2016, the NC Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the Center’s groundbreaking education case, Silver v. Halifax County Bd. of Commissioners.

Watch the argument

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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Mon. October 31, 2016 2:22 PM
Categories: Education, Halifax County, Race Discrimination, Segregation

Charters, Segregation, and Social Justice- A Response to Dr. Danielsen

Relying on research from Vermont and Santa Ana, Dr. Bartley Danielsen’s Point of View column “More school choice will ease social ills,” exhorts North Carolinians to “embrace charter schools” and private school vouchers to address the continuing impacts of residential segregation. But Dr. Danielsen ignores two critical elements: first, the responsibility of school boards that promote and defend so-called “neighborhood schools” assignment plans that replicate and reinforce segregation in public schools; and second, in North Carolina, the charter schools he urges us to embrace are almost twice as segregated as traditional public schools.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. October 26, 2016 9:17 AM
Categories: Education, Segregation

Fourth Circuit Ruling Supports Challenge to Parole System for Juvenile Offenders

In an important decision protecting the constitutional rights of juvenile offenders, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the State’s appeal in Hayden v. Butler. In September 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina declared the State’s parole process for juvenile offenders unconstitutional, and ordered the State to reform the system. The State appealed that decision, and the Center for Civil Rights and the UNC Youth Justice Clinic filed an amicus brief in support of Shaun Hayden, who is represented by North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Tue. August 2, 2016 12:03 PM
Categories: Criminal Justice

Center Files Amicus Brief in North Carolina Voting Rights Case

The CenterThis week the Center for Civil Rights filed an amicus curiae brief in the in the ongoing legal challenge to HB 589, the State’s 2013 voting law that imposed voter id requirements, cut early voting, and eliminated same-day registration, out of precinct ballots, and pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds.


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Fri. May 27, 2016 2:34 PM
Categories: Race Discrimination, Segregation, Voting Rights

Superior Court Dismisses Halifax Leandro Litigation

In a disappointing but not surprising decision, Superior Court Judge W. Russell Duke, Jr. dismissed Silver et al. v. Halifax County Board of Commissioners, the lawsuit filed last August by the Center on behalf of the Coalition for Education and Economic Security (CEES), the Halifax County Branch of the NAACP, and three parents and guardian in Halifax County, NC.
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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Wed. February 3, 2016 3:19 PM
Categories: Education, Halifax County, Leandro, Segregation

Oral Argument in Eugenics Compensation Cases

The state of North Carolina forcibly sterilized more than 7,600 people through its over 40- year long eugenics program that did not end until the mid-1970s. On October 16, 2015, the Court of Appeals will hear the consolidated cases of three victims whom the State excluded from the compensation program because they died before June 30, 2013.


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Posted by Mark Dorosin on Thu. November 12, 2015 8:55 AM
Categories: Pro Bono, Race Discrimination, Sterilization
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