Blog Posts: Bethan R. Eynon

Bethan R. Eynon

NC Court of Appeals Allows Deposition of Former County Manager in Brunswick Environmental Justice Case

On April 1, 2014, the North Carolina Court of Appeals dismissed Brunswick County’s consolidated appeal of two trial court orders compelling the County to produce former County Manager Marty Lawing for deposition. This appeal is the second of two filed by the County, both of which have now been dismissed by the Court of Appeals. The first appeal involved the County's motion to dismiss the case, which the trial court denied.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Tue. April 1, 2014 9:38 AM
Categories: Brunswick County, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing

Managing Attorney Mark Dorosin Interviewed in Halifax County Education Documentary

"School Days: Education in Halifax County Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" is a short documentary by Tom Adams from the Center for Documentary Studies. Center Managing Attorney Mark Dorosin was interviewed and talks about the history of school desegregation in Halifax County.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Thu. March 13, 2014 11:56 AM
Categories: Halifax County

NC Court of Appeals allows Brunswick County environmental justice case to proceed to trial

On February 12, 2014, the North Carolina Court of Appeals granted the Royal Oak plaintiffs' motion to dismiss Brunswick County's first appeal in Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) et al. v. Brunswick County. The decision means that the case will proceed to trial. ROCCA expressed great joy in this important victory. ROCCA and named plaintiffs Dennis McMillian, Curtis McMillian, and Mark Hardy are represented by the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Jack Holtzman of the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, and Ray Owens of Higgins & Owens, PLLC.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Wed. February 12, 2014 11:14 AM
Categories: Brunswick County

Next Generation Series: Students Reflect on Winter Break Volunteer Work at the Center

Brian Gwyn
Evan Benz

Each year, the Center hosts law student interns for the summer, fall, and spring semesters, as part of its mission to train the next generation of civil rights lawyers. This blog post is part of the Next Generation Series, which include reflections from our interns on their assigned casework.

This past December, first-year law student Brian Gwyn and second-year law student Evan Benz dedicated a week of their winter break to volunteering at the Center. Read Evan and Brian’s reflections on working at the Center below.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Mon. February 3, 2014 10:41 AM
Categories: Next Generation Series

Center provides support to nonprofit water customers

Northwest Water Supply Inc.
Center attorneys Mark Dorosin and Bethan Eynon with community leader Gloria Hill after the Northwest Water Supply Inc. annual members meeting.

In 2013, residents of rural Hoke County, North Carolina reached out to the Center for assistance in addressing their concerns about water quality, access to sewer service, and the administration of the local water utility, Northwest Water Supply, Inc. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, following a series of meetings and energized grassroots organizing, the residents elected three dedicated community advocates to the nonprofit’s Board of Directors.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Tue. January 28, 2014 2:45 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion

Update on Brunswick County Environmental Justice Case

Court of Appeals

On November 13, 2013, Plaintiffs requested the trial court to enter a stay of all trial court litigation pending the North Carolina Court of Appeals’ decisions in the County’s three interlocutory appeals. The Rule 2.1 Judge assigned to the case, the Honorable Thomas Lock, granted Plaintiffs' request.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Mon. January 13, 2014 2:52 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Environmental Justice

Center argues Brunswick County case at NC Court of Appeals

Center staff attorney Elizabeth Haddix will be arguing before the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., in Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) et al v. Brunswick County, an environmental justice lawsuit in which the Center represents the citizens of Royal Oak, a historically African American community that has hosted Brunswick County’s landfills and other unwanted land uses for the past 30 years.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Wed. January 8, 2014 11:11 AM
Categories: Brunswick County

Next Generation Series: Orange County Landfill Closing Is A Victory for the Rogers-Eubanks Commmunity

Each year, the Center hosts law student interns for the summer, fall, and spring semesters, as part of its mission to train the next generation of civil rights lawyers. This blog post is part of the Next Generation Series, which include reflections from our interns on their assigned casework. Read more about our current and past interns.

The historic Rogers-Eubanks community claimed a long overdue victory when the Orange County Landfill closed on Saturday, June 29, 2013, forty-one years after it opened. With a slow click of the master lock held by three community members – David Caldwell, Gertrude Nunn and the Reverend Robert Campbell – the landfill gates were secured.

Rogers-Eubanks community members prepare to lock the landfill gates. The signs they hold read, "Thanks Orange County for Closing This Landfill, Let's Keep It Closed Forever. Reject NC Senate Bill 328."

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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Wed. July 10, 2013 4:36 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Next Generation Series, Orange County

Rogers Road Remediation: Challenges Remain

Rogers Road citizens rally for their community

The Center for Civil Rights continues to advocate for the Rogers Road Neighborhood, a 150-year-old, majority African American community divided between Chapel Hill and Carrboro that has hosted Orange County’s landfills for over 40 years.

In 1972, the county sited an unlined landfill near the community upon a promise to residents that it would close the landfill within 10 years. In 1982, the county instead extended the life of the landfill and has since expanded it to include two municipal waste landfills, two construction and demolition debris landfills, a leachate pond, a hazardous waste collection site, a materials recovery facility, facilities for mulching yard and clean wood waste, and facilities for managing scrap tires, old appliances, scrap metal, and salvaged construction materials.


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Posted by Bethan R. Eynon on Mon. December 3, 2012 2:14 PM
Categories: Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Orange County, Race Discrimination, Segregation

Center Launches Voter Education Presentations

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
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