A letter signed by roughly 600 law school deans and other law school professionals around the country has been published in support of the Center for Civil Rights at Carolina Law. The law school’s center has been attacked by some for its litigation against other state government agencies while supporters believe it should be allowed to continue to represent parties involved in legal disputes including land-use, inheritance and school desegregation.
The UNC Board of Governors Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs voted to recommend the ban to the full board which will take up the issue next month.
Steve Long, the UNC Board of Governors member who first proposed the ban stated, “One, the state should not hire full-time lawyers to sue itself or municipalities. And two, academic centers, which operate under Board of Governors’ policies should be focused primarily on academics. I believe adoption of this policy will protect the university by ensuring that its education mission remains paramount.”
Depending on your particular list of target schools and study interests, this may be a case to closely follow!