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STAFF

Elizabeth Haddix is Co-Director of Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights. Elizabeth was previously the Senior Staff Attorney at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Civil Rights where she expanded the focus of the Center’s community-based advocacy and led the Center’s innovative environmental justice docket from 2010 until the UNC Board of Governors banned the Center’s legal advocacy in 2017. Elizabeth litigated both environmental justice and education equity cases on behalf of organizational and individual clients, co-authored advocacy-driven research reports, and mentored many law students and recent law graduates in hopes they will become social justice lawyers. Before 2010, Elizabeth practiced employment and civil rights law with the law firm of Edelstein & Payne in Raleigh, NC. Elizabeth grew up in Mississippi, earned her B.A. from Duke University, and taught public high school in Eastern North Carolina before earning a J.D. from the UNC School of Law in 1998.

 

Mark Dorosin is a Co-Director of Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights. Mark was the Managing Attorney of the UNC Center for Civil Rights for 9 years, until the UNC Board of Governors banned it from engaging in legal advocacy. While at UNC’s Center, Mark helped developed the Inclusion Project, which grew out of our clients’ common struggles against the continuing impacts of racial segregation and exclusion.  He helped focus the docket on housing discrimination, environmental justice, restrictions on political participation, and racial disparities in education. Mark is committed to training the next generation of social justice lawyers, and still teaches Political and Civil Rights and State and Local Government at UNC Law School. Mark has also taught at Duke University Law School, and worked for Self-Help, a leading North Carolina community development corporation. Following graduation from UNC Law in 1994, Mark was a partner at the Chapel Hill civil rights law firm McSurely, Dorosin & Osment.  Mark served on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen from 1999-2003.  He was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, and currently serves as Chairman.

 

“I know my father would be happy to see that his work is continuing and getting stronger than ever, free now from the political influence and control that ended his UNC Center for Civil Rights. The Chambers Center needs your help now, so that it can continue to represent poor and excluded communities in North Carolina and across the region.” – Judy Chambers

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President – Chandra T. Taylor, Durham, NC

Chandra is a Senior Attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, a regional non-profit focused on protecting natural resources and public health in the Southeast. Her current practice is focused in water quality advocacy and North Carolina water resource planning.  She is currently involved in matters across North Carolina related to natural resources restoration planning, municipal water planning, and contaminated site clean-up. Her environmental justice experience includes teaching Environmental Justice Law, Policy and Regulation as adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, participation in the Vermont Law School Environmental Justice Young Fellows China exchange and serving on the Board of Directors for the Chambers Center for Civil Rights. Chandra is a past participant in the Audubon/Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship program for her work incorporating consideration of Environmental Justice into traditional conservation advocacy, and the recipient of a Fellows Mentor award. She is also on the Board of the North Carolina Justice Center. Chandra is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its School of Law, and a native of Kinston, North Carolina.

 

Secretary – James Williams, Carrboro, NC

Treasurer – Bethan Eynon, Chapel Hill, NC

Bethan works with students interested in pursuing government and public interest careers. After graduating from UNC School of Law in 2012, she was the Community Development Attorney-Fellow at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, where she represented communities of color in Central and Eastern North Carolina on fair housing, environmental justice, and access to municipal services issues. Bethan then worked in Durham at Southern Coalition for Social Justice, first as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow and then as Director of SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides statewide direct reentry legal services for people with criminal records and addresses collateral consequences and criminal justice reform issues through a racial justice and community lawyering model.

Bethan graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College and moved to North Carolina to pursue her passion for public interest and civil rights law. During law school, she directed the UNC Pro Bono Program, encouraging in her peers a lifelong dedication to pro bono work. During her time with the Pro Bono Program, she also worked with students and alumni to create pro bono projects to address unmet legal needs in North Carolina, and she coordinated wills clinics in rural North Carolina communities.

Judy Chambers, Charlotte, NC

Andrew Foster, Chapel Hill, NC

Andrew Foster is a clinical professor of law and director of Experiential Education and Clinical Programs at Duke Law. He also serves as director of the Law School’s Community Enterprise Clinic, and teaches non-clinical courses in community development law and other substantive areas.

Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty in 2002, Foster practiced with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he co-founded the firm’s community development law team. He now maintains a limited private practice that is concentrated in the areas of nonprofit, affordable housing, and community development law. He represents developers, financial institutions, local governments and local, statewide, regional, and national nonprofits on a wide range of community revitalization projects.

Before becoming a lawyer, Foster held leadership positions with several nonprofit community development organizations based in North Carolina. These include the Southern Rural Development Initiative, the North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center, the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations. In all of these positions, he worked with community-based organizations, leading private sector institutions and public policymakers to develop and implement community economic development strategies in order to increase economic opportunities for the residents of low-wealth communities in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.

Foster is licensed to practice in North Carolina. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the ABA’s Business Law Section and Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He has held leadership positions with the North Carolina Bar Association and is active in its Business Law Section. Foster also is active in the membership of several academic associations, including the American Association of Law Schools and the Clinical Legal Educators Association. He is currently serving a two-year term on the AALS Committee on Clinic Legal Education and is also on the board of directors of the Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation.

Foster received his BA in political science, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1991 and his JD in 2000 from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar and graduated Order of the Coif.

Gene Nichol, Chapel Hill, NC

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.

Nichol is author of THE FACES OF POVERTY IN NORTH CAROLINA: Stories From Our Invisible Citizens (UNC Press, 2018) and FEDERAL COURTS (West, 2015, with Marshall & Wells). He’s published articles in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Duke, California, and Virginia law reviews. He has been a political columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and hosted a public affairs television show, Culture Wars, for KBDI in Denver. He’s been an columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer for fifteen years and writes frequently for The Progressive Populist. He has also written for The Nation and the Washington Post. He is executive producer of the documentary, “A Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina” (UNC-TV, 2016).

In 2003, Nichol received the ABA’s Edward Finch Award for delivering the nation’s best Law Day address. In 2004, he was named Carolina’s pro bono professor of the year. The next year, he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor; and Equal Justice Works named him Pro Bono Dean of the year. In 2008, he received Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; the “Courage to do Justice Award” from the National Employment Lawyers Association; and the Thomas Jefferson Award for defense of religious liberty from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. In 2013, the NC Council of Churches gave Nichol its Faith Active in Public Life Award; the NC-ACLU named him its W.W. Finlator Award winner; and UNC gave him its Thomas Jefferson Award – the university’s highest faculty honor. In 2014, he received the McCall Teaching Award from the UNC Law School and the University of Colorado’s Joanne Arnold award for courage in defense of civil liberty.  In 2018 Nichol was invited by the faculty of the University of Michigan to give the annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Academic Freedom Lecture; earlier, he gave the keynote address at the conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright held by the Harvard Law School.   

Nichol attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a degree in philosophy and playing varsity football. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas, graduating Order of the Coif (1973).