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About the North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review

The University of North Carolina School of Law has a long, complicated relationship with civil rights. Founded in 1845 as part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the law school has been training lawyers and advocates for generations. Yet UNC Law did not graduate any women until 1915, and accepted its first Black student only in 1951 – more than one hundred years after its founding – after a federal court ordered the school to enroll qualified Black applicants on equal protection grounds. Today our alumni include civil rights giants such as Julius L. Chambers, former Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as well as delegates to the 1861 State Convention that approved North Carolina’s secession from the United States in order to protect slavery across the South.

In light of this history, as well as more recent struggles within the school and state, UNC Law students in 2019 organized a new journal dedicated to civil rights legal scholarship. Named the North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review, the journal operates in collaboration with the UNC Center for Civil Rights and integrates the long-running Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity as its annual symposium. The journal aims to publish innovative, important commentary and analysis of civil rights law, with the goal of protecting and advancing individuals’ actual lived experience of civil rights, liberty, and equality today. We hope the journal contributes to a continued, vigorous, creative wrestling with the law in order to make it a more perfect instrument for justice, liberty, and dignity for the people of North Carolina and the United States.

UNC Law students founded and operate the North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review, but it can’t succeed with student support alone. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognized the journal as a registered student organization in September 2020. In future years, faculty of the law school will vote on whether to recognize the journal as an official publication of UNC Law. We appreciate the the support this initiative has received from the larger law school and university community, including the student body, administration, faculty, and staff.

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Volume One Leadership and Executive Board

  • Rachel E. Grossman, Editor in Chief
  • Michael J. Boyd, Executive Articles Editor
  • Dylan Magruder, Executive Comments Editor
  • Elisabeth Penn Jones, Conference Editor
  • Adreanna B. Sellers, Journal Founder and Conference Editor
  • Mousa Alshanteer, Staff Selection Committee
  • Ryan M. Collins, Staff Selection Committee
  • Theodore M. Shaw, Faculty Advisor
  • Jaelyn Miller, Journal Founder and Advisory Board Member
  • Allen K. Buansi, Advisory Board Member
  • April Norris McKinley, Advisory Board Member
  • Erica K. Wilson, Advisory Board Member