Topics: Center for Civil Rights

The Center for Civil Rights was founded in 2001 at the UNC School of Law. It was founded by Julius L. Chambers, who became the center’s first director. The center works to end the inequalities facing minorities and low income people. They try to achieve this through litigation, scholarly research and activism. 

The current director of the center is Ted Shaw.

BOG bans academic center litigation. Future of the Center for Civil Rights uncertain.

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After months of protest and debate, the UNC Board of Governors voted to ban litigation at all UNC-system academic centers Friday. 


Students, faculty and community members march in anticipation of Center for Civil Rights BOG vote

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Students, University faculty and community members gathered Thursday to protest the potential Board of Governors decision to stop the UNC Center for Civil Rights from litigating.


Civil Rights Center's fate in the hands of BOG's Friday vote

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Though Mark Dorosin, managing attorney at the Center, might lose his job on Friday, he is more worried about what’s at stake if the center closes, and what will happen to the communities who would no longer be able to call the Center for Civil Rights an ally.


The lone vote: Anna Nelson explains why she voted against a litigation ban

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Anna Nelson isn’t afraid to go against the grain. With five votes in favor of a litigation ban on the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Nelson was the only member of the Board of Governors' Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs to vote against the proposal on Aug. 1. 


'It's just flat out wrong': Students and faculty protest BOG litigation ban and Silent Sam

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Students donned orange in the Pit Thursday to protest the possible closing of the Center for Civil Rights. 


Here's what the UNC-system has been up to this summer

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The controversy over the fate of the UNC Center for Civil Rights' ability to litigate dominated the UNC Board of Governors’ agenda in the past few meetings, but the university system managed to stay busy this summer. 


Center for Civil Rights litigation ban recommended by panel

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In a 5-1 decision, the Board of Governors' Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs voted on Tuesday to recommend a litigation ban against the UNC Center for Civil Rights.  


Community protests litigation ban against Center for Civil Rights

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Protesters gathered on Tuesday outside UNC's Center for School Leadership Development to voice their disapproval for the proposed UNC Board of Governor's litigation ban against UNC Law School's Center for Civil Rights.


Undergraduate senate passed redistricting bill

On Thursday, the Undergraduate Student Senate passed a bill that would redraw senate districting lines and discussed their plans for various initiatives they want to implement in the upcoming school year.


UNC Center for Civil Rights under threat

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UNC Board of Governors will vote on whether to pass a litigation ban against the UNC Center for Civil Rights in early September. The ban would prevent the center from representing clients and acting as legal counsel to any party. 


The Center for Civil Rights is disputing Board of Governors' claims

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Julius Chambers, who would later win a landmark case against school segregation in the U.S. Supreme Court, graduated first in his class from UNC School of Law in 1962.


Concert fundraises for UNC Center for Civil Rights

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UNC’s Center for Civil Rights took center stage at a benefit concert — part of ongoing efforts to resist a proposal by the UNC-system Board of Governors — at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina on Sunday.


UNC School of Law holds event to get students to protect Center for Civil Rights

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Students paid tribute to distinguished UNC graduate Julius Chambers at an event by the UNC School of Law that urged attendees to respond to the Board of Governors’ evaluation of the UNC Center for Civil Rights.


Federal court finds 'discriminatory intent,' rejects N.C. voter ID law

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned North Carolina’s voter-identification law Friday, acknowledging the state’s history of racial and voting discrimination.


Civil rights icon Julian Bond's impact deepens with the decades

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When high-profile civil rights leader Julian Bond spoke at UNC in 2013, then-freshman Lindsey Terrell was eager, but ultimately too anxious, to meet her personal hero.


Deadline passes for filing eugenics claims in NC

About 700 people have filed claims to receive compensation for being forcibly sterilized by the state — but hundreds of potential living victims could have missed last Monday’s deadline.


Sterilization victims offered counsel by UNC's Center for Civil Rights

To assist possible victims of forced sterilization by the state, of North Carolina, the UNC Center for Civil Rights is offering free legal clinics across the state.