- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Attorneys at North Carolina’s top law school who pursue lawsuits on behalf of poor and minority residents are being told to stop taking new cases while state officials decide whether the group’s work should be stopped altogether.

Multiple media organizations report the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s law school will not take on any new cases. That’s while the statewide public university system’s governing board studies whether the law center should stop its free legal work.

The Center for Civil Rights has gone to court for residents of a predominantly black Brunswick County neighborhood who objected to a nearby county landfill; taken on school desegregation cases; and argued in the state Supreme Court on behalf of people involuntarily sterilized by the state.


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