Charles Edward Daye

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  • J.D. (cum laude; Stone Scholar), Columbia University School of Law (1969)
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), North Carolina Central University (1966)

Charles Daye, a native of Durham, N.C., began his career as an associate with the firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York City. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry Phillips, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, becoming the first African American to serve as a law clerk in that circuit.

After the clerkship, Daye practiced as an associate with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He joined the law faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1972 where he was the first African American to hold a tenure-track position on the law faculty. In 1981, Daye was named dean of North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he served until 1985. He then rejoined the UNC-Chapel Hill law faculty, teaching torts, housing and community development and administrative process and advocacy.Except during his four years at N.C. Central, Daye served as the adviser to Carolina’s Black Law Students Association since 1972.

Daye is co-author of a course book, Housing and Community Development, now in its fourth edition, (with J. Kushner, P. Salsich, H. McGee, D. Keating, B. Bezdek, O. Hetzel, D. Mandelker, and R Washburn) and is co-author of North Carolina Law of Torts, now in its third edition, (with Prof. Mark Morris of the NCCU School of Law). In addition, he has published articles, essays, book reviews, and monographs on a variety of subjects including an empirical analysis of educational diversity, housing, state administrative procedure, torts, constitutional law, ethics in law school admissions, affirmative action, and academic support programs. He served 15 years as chair of the University's Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid and served as chair of the University's Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board. He served as the deputy director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights for 15 years until his retirement in 2014.

Daye has served several nonprofit and public service organizations. He served as president of the Law School Admission Council (1991-93) and on the board of governors and as vice president for legal affairs of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (2002-08). He served 16 years as either a member of the board of directors or as president of Triangle Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that operates federally subsidized housing for low income rural elderly. He has served as a member of the board of the Center for Community Self Help. He has chaired or served on numerous committees of professional organizations, including committees of the Association of American Law Schools, of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, and the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers where he served as executive secretary for 20 years (1979-99).

Daye received numerous awards and recognitions during his career including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (1982), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Thomas Jefferson Award and the General Alumni Association BAR Outstanding Faculty Award (2004), The Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (2012), and the UNC Law Alumni Association Professor S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty Excellence (2017). Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1999.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Does Race Matter in Education Diversity? A Legal and Empirical Analysis (with A.T. Panter, Walter R. Allen, and Linda F. Wightman), 13 RUTGERS RACE & L. REV. 75-S (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: CASES AND MATERIALS (with J.A. Kushner, P.W. Salsich, Jr., H.W. McGee, Jr., W.D. Keating, B. Bezdek, O.J. Hetzel, D.R. Mandelker, R.M. Washburn) (Carolina Academic Press, 4th ed. 2011). [BEPress KF5728 .H68 2010]
  • Promise and Paradox, in LAW TOUCHED OUR HEARTS: A GENERATION REMEMBERS BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION (M. Robinson & R. Bonnie, eds.) (Vanderbilt University Press 2009). [LC212.52 .L39 2009]
  • Stripping Off Market Accountability: Housing Policy Perspectives on the Crises in the Financial System, 13 N.C. BANKING INST. 105 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link]
  • Intersections, Roadblocks, and Dead Ends - Sketching a Housing Social Efficiency Analysis, in PLANNING REFORM IN THE NEW CENTURY at 209 (D. K. Mandelker, ed.) (American Planning Association 2005). [KF5698.A5 P53 2005]
  • Revisiting Fair Housing: the One America Act, a Legislative Proposal, 11 J. AFFORDABLE HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEV. L. 162 (2002). [Hein]
  • Powers of Administrative Law Judges, Agencies, and Courts: An Analytical and Empirical Assessment, 79 N.C. L. REV. 1571 (2001). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link]
  • Monday Morning Blues or Is Race Really Insignificant?, 47 J. LEGAL EDUC. 122 (1997) (allegorical parody on Hopwood Case). [Westlaw, Hein]
  • African American and Other Minority Students and Alumni, in Sesquicentennial History of the University of North Carolina School of Law, 73 N.C. L. REV. 675 (1995). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • On Blackberry Picking, Generations of Affirmative Action, and Less Dangerous Causes: An Open Letter to Stephen Carter, book review of STEPHEN L. CARTER, REFLECTIONS OF AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BABY (1991), 45 STAN. L. REV. 485 (1993). [Lexis/Nexis, Hein HF5549.5.A34 C37 199]
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