Civil Rights Lawyer Connie Rice to Speak at 2012 Murphy Lecture

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Constance L. “Connie” Rice will deliver the 2012 William P. Murphy Distinguished Lecture at UNC School of Law on Thursday, Feb. 9. The lecture will take place at noon in the rotunda at the law school.

Rice is considered to be one of America’s leading civil rights attorneys. She is co-founder and member of the board of directors of the national civil rights organization Advancement Project. She is author of the book “Power Concedes Nothing” (Scribner 2012), a memoir about her fight against gang violence in Los Angeles, Calif.

Renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion, Rice has received more than 50 major awards for her leadership of diverse coalitions and her non-traditional approaches to litigating major cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and fair public resource allocation.

She successfully co-litigated class-action, civil rights cases winning more than $1.6 billion in policy changes and remedies during her nine year tenure in the Los Angeles office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc. Rice is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law.

The Murphy Lecture Series was established by the UNC School of Law Class of 1990 to celebrate former faculty member Professor William P. Murphy's teaching and his work in constitutional law, labor law and civil rights. This lecture series is responsible for bringing noted lawyers, political figures and public advocates to the campus. The event is free and open to the public.

-January 31, 2012

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