John Charles Boger

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  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1974)
  • M.Div., Yale University (1971)
  • A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa), Duke University (1968)

John Charles "Jack" Boger is a native of Concord, North Carolina. After completing law school at UNC, he clerked with the Honorable Samuel Silverman of the N.Y. Supreme Court Appellate Division and practiced for three years in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.

In 1978, Boger joined the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where he litigated capital punishment cases for a decade, becoming in 1983 the director of the fund's Capital Punishment Project. In 1987, he became director of a poverty and justice program at LDF established to enlarge the legal rights of the minority poor.

Boger joined the UNC School of Law faculty in 1990. From 1995 to 1999 he served as associate dean for academic affairs. In 2002, he became deputy director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, working with Director Julius L. Chambers to encourage innovative civil rights research, train a new generation of civil rights attorneys and address pressing civil rights issues in N.C. and throughout the southeast. In 2006, he became UNC Law's 13th dean, serving nine years until July of 2015.

Boger was chair from 1989-2016 of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, a Washington, D.C.-based federation of civil rights, civil liberties, and legal services groups that encourages national coordination of social scientific research and legal advocacy on behalf of the poor. He has taught as a lecturer or adjunct professor at Harvard, New York Law School and Florida State University. He teaches constitutional law, education law, racial discrimination and poverty law.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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  • Standing at a Crossroads: The Future of Integrated Public Schooling in America, in INTEGRATING SCHOOLS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY: NEW POLICIES AND LEGAL OPTIONS FOR A MULTIRACIAL GENERATION, (Erica Frankenberg and Elizabeth DeBray eds., UNC Press 2011). [LC214.2 .I68 2011]
  • Anthony Amsterdam, in YALE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN LAW (Yale Univ. Press, 2009). [KF353 .Y35 2009]
  • Conclusion: Brown and the American South: Fateful Choices, in SCHOOL RESEGREGATION: MUST THE SOUTH TURN BACK? (UNC Press, 2005). [LC212.622 .S35 2005]
  • SCHOOL RESEGREGATION: MUST THE SOUTH TURN BACK? (J. Boger & G. Orfield eds.) (UNC Press 2005). [LC212.622 .S35 2005]
  • Education's "Perfect Storm"? The Effect of Racial Resegregation, High Stakes Testing, and School Resource Inequities on North Carolina's Poor, Minority Students, 81 N.C. L. REV. 1375 (2003). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link]
  • Willful Colorblindness: The New Racial Piety and the Resegregation of Public Schools, 78 N.C. L. REV. 1719 (2000). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link]
  • RACE, POVERTY, AND AMERICAN CITIES (John C. Boger & Judith W. Wegner, eds.) (UNC Press 1996). [HT123 .R23 1996]
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