Erika K. Wilson

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  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles (2003)
  • B.S., Public Policy (cum laude), University of Southern California (2000)

Erika Wilson is an assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her areas of expertise include civil litigation, civil rights, education and school reform, public policy, and race discrimination. She currently teaches Civil Lawyering Process and the Civil Clinic.

Professor Wilson's research interests focus on issues related to education law and policy, specifically obtaining educational equality for disadvantaged students, and the intersection between race and the law. Her articles have appeared in the UCLA Law Review, West Virginia Law Review and Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among various others. In 2014 she was selected to give a public lecture at the UCLA School of Law discussing her article, Towards a Theory of Equitable Federated Regionalism in Public Education. She has also presented her work at Vanderbilt University, New York University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Wisconsin, among other venues.

Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 2012, Professor Wilson was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Baltimore. She previously worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP, where she litigated complex commercial cases involving antitrust, copyright infringement and product liability issues. Professor Wilson also served as the George N. Lindsay Fellow for the Education Project at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she engaged in a broad range of litigation and law reform projects involving school desegregation, the No Child Left Behind Act, special education, school discipline and federal funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Professor Wilson received her B.A. in public policy from the University of Southern California, cum laude and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

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Selected Publications

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  • Reverse Passing (with K. Beydoun), 64 UCLA L. REV. (forthcoming 2017). [SSRN]
  • Blurred Lines: Public School Reforms and the Privatization of Public Education, 51 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y __ (forthcoming 2016).
  • The New School Segregation, 102 CORNELL L. REV. (forthcoming 2016).
  • Gentrification and Urban Public School Reforms: The Interest Divergence Dilemma, 118 W. VA. L. REV. 677 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Towards a Theory of Equitable Federated Regionalism in Public Education: Reversing the Role of School District Boundary Lines in Dismantling Brown v. Board of Education, 61 UCLA L. REV. 1416 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Leveling Localism and Racial Inequality Through the No Child Left Behind Public Choice Provision, 44 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 625 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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