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.
The BOG's education policy committee met in the building Tuesday to decide whether or not they would recommend the ban to the board at large, which they did with a 5-1 vote.
The center was founded by civil rights leader and lawyer Julius Chambers in 2001, and was known for taking on cases such as school segregation and education for clients who couldn’t afford legal representation. It currently employs two lawyers and a director and gives students who study civil rights law hands-on experience.
The litigation ban, which the BOG is scheduled to vote on Sept. 8, would prevent the center from taking on new cases and clients.
Altha Cravey, an associate professor of geography at UNC who attended the protest, said that the center serves the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the state and exists for those groups to seek help. She said the litigation ban would prevent the center from serving those communities, and would also hurt UNC from an educational angle.