CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Latest on a committee vote on a litigation ban on the UNC Center for Civil Rights (all times local):
A committee has approved a ban on courtroom work by a center founded at the University of North Carolina to help the poor and disenfranchised.
The committee of the UNC Board of Governors voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve the ban, which prohibits the UNC Center for Civil Rights in Chapel Hill from pursuing litigation on behalf of its clients. In the past, those clients have included people challenging school segregation or a landfill in a poor community. One committee member abstained.
Center advocates once again described the ban as ideological while ban supporters reiterated their belief that lawsuits are not part of the UNC system’s academic mission.
Committee chair Anna Spangler Nelson opposed the ban, saying she questions the appropriateness of policy.
The UNC Board of Governors will consider the ban at its meeting in September.
A center founded at the University of North Carolina to help the poor and disenfranchised could move one step closer to losing its ability to file lawsuits after a committee meets to discuss its future.
A committee meets Tuesday in Chapel Hill to consider whether to strip the UNC Center for Civil Rights of its ability to sue on behalf of clients. Supporters of the center say the ban would effectively defang the center. Ban proponents say the center’s courtroom work strays from the university’s education mission.
The UNC Board of Governors likely would consider the ban at its September meeting if the committee approves it. The board sets policy for the 16-university system.
Board chairman Louis Bissette has said he’s not sure whether he supports the ban.