For UNC Center for Civil Rights
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: The UNC Center for Civil Rights is committed to the advancement of civil rights and social justice, especially in the American South. Our mission is three-fold - to sponsor research, to train law students and to serve the community through direct representation of clients. The Center is involved in a number of lawsuits and policy initiatives designed to protect civil rights and advance the law.
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: The Center's work focuses on education, economic justice, housing and community development and voting rights. Externs are directly involved in one or more projects during the semester, depending on case needs and their own interests. Students may interview clients and witnesses, conduct factual and legal research, help strategize cases, write memos and briefs, make presentations, attend hearings or prepare policy analyses. Work hours are flexible.
COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: Externs should be self-starters with a commitment to social justice. The Center can have two students per semester.
DESCRIPTION OF EXTERNSHIP: The Center’s work focuses broadly
on civil rights and social justice and includes education, economic inequity,
housing, environmental justice, access to public services, and voting
rights. Our mission is three-fold – to serve the community through direct
representation of clients, to promote research, public policy, and community
education, and to train law students on becoming the next generation of
civil rights advocates. The Center is involved in a number of lawsuits,
community advocacy projects, and policy initiatives designed to protect civil
rights and advance the law.
extern will work under the direct supervision of the Center’s Managing
Attorney Mark Dorosin, Senior Attorney Elizabeth Haddix and Director of Students
Jennifer Marsh, and will be directly involved in
several projects during the semester, depending on case needs and strategic
priorities. The extern will interview clients and witnesses, conduct
factual and legal research, help develop and implement case management
strategy, write memos and briefs, make presentations, and attend hearings or
prepare policy analyses. The extern will be fully integrated into the
programmatic operations of the Center. The extern may be able to take on
additional responsibilities under the third-year practice rule.
extern must have a strong commitment to civil rights and social justice work,
excellent verbal and written communications skills, be self-directed, have the
ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and work with people from
diverse backgrounds. The extern will be expected to travel (with staff)
to our client communities across the state.
are a range of matters on the docket for the fall. While the specific priorities
are impossible to predict, here are a few matters we anticipate the extern will
be working on with the staff attorneys:
investigation on potential school segregation cases
parents, students, and community advocates
researching, and analyzing potential claims
evidence gathering (reviewing school demographic data and other statistical
and reporting on community exclusion and its impacts in identified counties and
communities, looking variously at environmental justice, education,
housing, infrastructure, and political exclusion
Analysis of charter school impacts on
educational equity and access in rural counties
Litigation related matters in ongoing
environmental justice case
Review and monitoring of remediation efforts in
securing communities’ access to public infrastructure
Assisting with appeal claims for victims of
North Carolina’s eugenics program
Voter outreach and education in client