AJ Fletcher Foundation podcast, Apr. 20, 2016. Gene Nichol on poverty and his personal interest in the topic.
UNC-TV BLACK ISSUES FORUM (on homelessness and hunger), Dec. 20, 2015
NYS Community Action Poverty Tour, Interview with Gene Nichol, Dec. 11, 2014
Nichol was featured in "Hungry for Answers," a WRAL documentary on
food insecurity in North Carolina. Our state has one of the highest food insecurity
rates in the country.
WRAL ON THE RECORD, Jan. 2014. Interview with WRAL's David Crabtree in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
UNC-TV BLACK ISSUES FORUM, Aug. 17, 2013
C-SPAN SOUTHERN POLITICS AND THE 2012 ELECTION, Sept. 2, 2012
UNC-TV NC People, Apr. 27, 2012
WCHL Community Forum, Poverty: Hunger and Wages, Apr. 23, 2015
THE STATE OF THINGS, Nov. 2013
Professor Nichol joined Legal Aid of North Carolina client, Ashley Quinones, and chair of Legal Aid's Board of Directors, Charles Holton, to discuss issues of access to the civil justice system.
THE STATE OF THINGS, Aug. 7, 2013
Gene Nichol talks about the legacy of Julius Chambers, famed civil rights attorney.
WFAE, July 10, 2013
Gene Nichol on Charlotte's NPR affiliate station, discussing poverty in North Carolina with Fannie Flono of the Charlotte Observer and Mac Legerton, executive director of the Center for Community Action.
THE STATE OF THINGS, June 4, 2013
Gene Nichol discusses policy and poverty with Brian Balfour of the Civitas Institute and host, Frank Stasio.
Okaying North Carolina's Voter Suppression Law
, ACSblog, May 3, 2016
As part of the American Constitution Society's Constitution Day Symposium, Gene Nichol wrote about "our greatest constitutional shortcoming" - the fact that the justice system is out of reach for millions of Americans because they can't afford a lawyer.
Gene Nichol guest post on the Voting Rights Act for ACSblog, Aug. 5, 2015.
Stepping on necks of farmworkers in North Carolina, Progressive Populist, March 15, 2015.
In NC, a War on the Poor, Gene Nichol speaks at Duke Human Rights Center event, Duke Today, Nov. 5, 2014.
Continuing the Assault on Democracy, ACSblog, Sept. 18, 2013.
Gene Nichol's remarks () at Charlotte School of Law's Access to Justice Symposium on Oct. 23, 2012.
Race, Legacy, and Affirmative Action,
The Progressive Populist, Oct. 15, 2012.
Gene Nichol's comments () at HKonJ People of Color Legislative Day, May 23, 2012.
Gene Nichol on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in Will politics of health care overhaul overshadow legal debate? WRAL, Mar. 26, 2012.
As seniors climb from poverty, young fall in, USA Today, Feb. 16, 2012.
Rankings, Economic Challenge, and the Future of Legal Education (), 61 Journal of Legal Education 345, 2012.
Access to Justice
Poor defendants in criminal cases have a constitutional right to an attorney, but parties in civil cases do not. The alternatives for those who can’t afford the cost of hiring a lawyer are stark: face the legal system alone or abandon their legal claims. At stake might be one's home, unemployment or disability benefits, parental rights, necessary medical treatments, protection from domestic violence, or safeguards against predatory lending.
In conjunction with the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, we released a report on the economic benefits to North Carolina that result from furnishing civil legal services to low-income citizens. These services are provided through three organizations: Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, and Pisgah Legal Services.
Some key findings of the report:
Legal services attorneys obtained nearly $23 million of federal benefits for their clients in 2012
Clients of legal services attorneys won over $8.5 million of housing-related awards in 2012
Legal services provided nearly $17 million in cost-savings through eviction prevention, foreclosure prevention, and domestic violence advocacy in 2012
The total economic impact of legal aid services in 2012 was $48,775,276, or a 108% return on the money invested into these services.
Read the entire report
) or the executive summary
Related articles and editorials by Gene Nichol:
Racial Disparities in Wealth in North Carolina
Racial Wealth Disparity in North Carolina () highlights the assets divide between whites and African Americans, and men and women, in the state. Wealth is used less often than income as a measure of economic self-sufficiency, but it is arguably more important. It provides a buffer during times of financial strain, a path to opportunity, a cushion for retirement and a boost for the next generation.
Tracing the Causes of Racial Wealth Disparity () is the second report in this series. Issued in spring of 2011, it looks at the reasons underlying the gap in wealth accumulation between blacks and whites.
Documenting Poverty, Economic Distress and Challenge in NC
In 2009, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation revisited its community economic development goals and funding strategies. As part of its evaluation, the foundation commissioned Documenting Poverty, Economic Distress and Challenge in North Carolina (), which was presented to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation board in January 2010.
News & Observer Series: Seeing the Invisible
Seeing the Invisible is a yearlong series of monthly articles in the News & Observer examining the faces and issues behind the rising poverty numbers in North Carolina. Please join us in exploring stories of poverty in our state.
- Introduction: In NC, poverty pervades as we evade (), January 27
- 'What are we doing for the least of these?' () February 24
- Shocking burden of $800 light bills (), March 30
- Full of courage, smarts, yet facing empty future (), April 27
- Digging into NC districts, desparation easy to find (), May 25
- The picked-on in Brunswick county's paradise (), June 29
- In a growing state, a growing hunger, July 28
- Desperate for dental work, an all-night wait, August 25
- In urban North Carolina, deep pockets of misery are masked, September 29
- Most of NC's poor cannot afford legal representation, October 25
- Selfless saints support North Carolina's poor with little help, November 24
- From silence to savagery, pain for the poor intensifies, December 28
Inspired by the News & Observer series, Professors Luisa Deprez and Sandy Butler have launched a similar effort in Maine. Read their series in the Bangor Daily News.
You can purchase the entire "Seeing the Invisible" series for Kindle for less on Amazon.com.