UNC Board of Governors to consider news limits on litigation from law centers that get state money

A subcommittee of the UNC Board of Governors has voted 5 to 1 to remove the UNC Center for Civil Rights from representing people in court. The full board has yet to make a final vote on this new policy. While some are claiming that this takes experience away from young lawyers, it is important to note that the center has been using it's ability to engage in litigation for personal agendas associated with liberal agendas. Not for the purpose of education and real world experience. 

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A subcommittee of the UNC Board of Governors voted on Tuesday 5 to 1 to move forward a new policy that would remove the UNC Center for Civil Rights’ ability to represent parties in litigation outside of a law school clinical program. The debate will now move to the full UNC Board of Governors.

The public comment session was one of several on this issue. In May, the director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Theodore M. Shaw, spoke to the committee outlining the mission of the center which he says is to provide law students with real-world litigation experience and to continue the legal battles over civil rights.”It represents an embodiment the reconciliation with African-Americans in N.C,” said Shaw. “It trains new generations of civil rights lawyers to continue the work of eliminating the legacy of racial discrimination.”

Shaw also told committee members that the dean of UNC Law School, Martin Brinkley, approves any cases that the center files. Among the most recent is an amicus brief the Center filed in the lawsuit over the Voting Rights Act in N.C. The center staff includes a director, two civil rights attorneys and administrative support. It operates on grants and donations but uses state university resources and tuition for things like payroll and benefits.Supporters of the proposed policy say the center has veered away from its stated clinical and educational purpose. Under accreditation standards set by the American Bar Association, six hours of “experiential education” must either have research or student education as its primary purpose. UNC System Board of Governors member Steve Long, a Raleigh lawyer, proposed the policy change, saying that the UNC Center for Civil Rights has used its resources not for primarily educational purposes but instead has full-time lawyers conducting litigation. He amended the policy to exclude educational law clinics that operate within American Bar Association standards, like the ones serving low-income taxpayers and veterans at N.C. Central Law School.

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