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UNC Center for Civil Rights One Step Closer To Litigation Ban

UNC Board of Governor's Committee
Dave DeWitt
University of North Carolina Board of Governor's Committee meeting this week, members voted to approve a ban on UNC Civil Rights Center’s ability to engage in courtroom work.";

In a committee meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Tuesday, members voted to approve a litigation ban on the UNC Center for Civil Rights

In a 5-1 vote, the committee decided the center should be barred from taking on new clients or giving legal advice to third parties. The UNC Center for Civil Rights is known for its work in helping poor and disenfranchised clients. Historically it has assisted with cases related to racial discrimination and environmental justice issues. Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC Managing Editor Dave DeWitt about the future of the center.

Clarification August 2, 3:40 p.m.: During the live show linked in this article, it was stated that the UNC Center for Civil Rights is state funded. The center does not receive direct state funding but does receive in-kind support though the university. 

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.