Julius Chambers was known during his life as a distinguished litigator and tireless champion of civil rights at state and local levels. Now, his portrait hangs prominently in the school where he earned his law degree.
A portrait of Julius Chambers was unveiled in the Rotunda of the UNC School of Law on Tuesday. Chambers was a notable alumnus of the school and served as the first director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights at the law school.
The portrait was commissioned by the law school's committee of diversity and inclusion to honor Chambers' legacy and his profound impact on North Carolina and the nation, Andrew Chin, a law professor, said.
The ceremony had a variety of speakers including multiple law professors, the artist and Chambers' brother, Kenneth Chambers. The speakers took turns praising Chambers' legacy and emphasizing the timeless impact he made on the law school.
"Julius Chambers' spirit dwells in our halls, a shining source of pride in the difference one person's dedication to the law can make in the lives of countless others," Martin Brinkley, dean of the UNC School of Law said.