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Monday, March 13, 2017

More On The Proposal To Ban The UNC Center For Civil Rights From Engaging In Litigation

North Carolina LogoFollowing up on last week's post, State May Ban UNC Center For Civil Rights From Engaging In Litigation:  Chapel Hill Herald-Sun editorial, UNC Legal Centers Help Students and Clients:

The late Jesse Helms used to refer to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as "Pink Hill" and to suggest that it be set aside as a hippie reservation.

Since taking over the General Assembly and packing the university's Board of Governors with their own people, Republicans have set out to swat the liberal Chapel Hill gadfly once and for all.

Two years ago, the Board of Governors shut down the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity after its director, law school professor Gene Nichol, wrote too many critical op-ed pieces about the legislature.

Now they're going after bigger game. Earlier this month, a committee of the Governors took up a proposal to amend UNC policies, banning any university center or institute from filing lawsuits or motions in court.

The target of all this seems to be the UNC Center for Civil Rights, based out of the law school in Chapel Hill. Founded in 2001 by the late Julius Chambers, the center involved law students and professors in helping individuals and groups too poor to mount a major court case on their own. ...

Forget this misbegotten motion and let law students help the poor folks and gain great academic experience along the way.

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