UNC's 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.
Student Body President Elizabeth Adkins sent a letter to the BOG, asking them to allow the center to continue its work. She said the ban would cripple the center and take away a serious asset from the School of Law.
“The reason that they should be able to litigate is that these law students get experience shadowing legal professionals,” Adkins said. “They get access to knowledge they can’t find in textbooks. That’s an advantage UNC can provide as one of the top law schools in the country.”
Adkins spoke at a public comment a few weeks ago, an event that was planned quickly once supporters of the center discovered the threat of a ban.
“It’s been an ongoing battle for us,” she said. “We found out that this was something that the BOG was going to do. We signed up to speak the public comment at what was almost an emergency meeting. Thankfully we were able to get a spot, and basically what I wanted to do was elevate the voices of the students. It doesn’t really affect undergrads, but this was about grad students, particularly students in the law school.”
Adkins said she plans to attend BOG meetings concerning the proposal, which is scheduled for discussion as an Aug. 1 meeting of the education policy committee meeting. There, they will decide whether or not to recommend the proposal to the board.