Bill Lann Lee to Speak at 2014 Murphy Lecture Oct. 8

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Bill Lann Lee, a shareholder at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson P.C. in Oakland, Calif., will deliver the 2014 William P. Murphy Distinguished Lecture at UNC School of Law on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The lecture will take place at noon in the rotunda at the law school.

Lee will speak on “Enforcing the Dream: The Implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

"Our students and faculty will be interested to hear Lee speak about his experience as a lawyer -- someone who moved from Columbia Law into the remarkably interesting public and private practice he has had for the past 40 years," says UNC School of Law Dean John Charles "Jack" Boger '74. Lee will include in his talk a discussion of the unfolding developments of the Civil Rights Act and its expansion and enforcement as it dovetailed with his personal experiences first as a research assistant at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and beyond into his public and private practice.

Lee's career has focused on representing groups of individuals in employment discrimination, disability access and other civil rights cases. He has brought disability access cases against Netflix, to obtain closed captioning on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf, and against Burger King and Walmart, on behalf of individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility. Among employment discrimination cases, he has prosecuted cases against Wet Seal, Costco, Best Buy, Abercrombie & Fitch and McCormick & Schmick’s.

From 1997 to 2001, Lee served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration, as the nation’s top civil rights prosecutor. He managed the department’s enforcement of federal civil rights statutes, including pattern or practice enforcement in employment discrimination and disability rights cases, and coordinated overall federal enforcement of the nation’s civil rights laws.

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.

-October 2, 2014

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