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 K. Wilson is the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 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 Cornell Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among various others. In 2016, her work was selected for presentation at the Harvard Yale Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. In 2017, she was awarded the James H. Chadbourn Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the UNC School of Law. 

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. 282 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link]
  • When Diversity Fails: Social Dominance Theory and the Persistence of Racial Inequality, 26 NAT'L BLACK L.J. 129 (2017). [Hein]
  • Blurred Lines: Public School Reforms and the Privatization of Public Education, 51 WASH. U. J.L. & POL'Y 189 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The New School Segregation, 102 CORNELL L. REV. 139 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • 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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