by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello reports on big news out of the Center for Civil Rights.
Mark Dorosin is losing his job as managing attorney at the UNC School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights.
Dorosin was terminated from his position, and UNC Board of Governors member Steve Long says the decision was long overdue.
Dorosin posted a screenshot of the termination letter on his Facebook page earlier this week, which shows his employment will end Jan. 12. As an “at-will” employee, no reasons are needed for the termination.
Dorosin didn’t respond to a request for comment, but in another Facebook post Dorosin described the week in which he received the letter as a “rollercoaster” and left him “worn out.”
Read the full story here.
For background on the Center for Civil Rights controversy, read here. A quick recap from Sept. 8 reporting by Kari Travis:
The University of North Carolina School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights on Friday was officially banned from filing lawsuits. But low-income and minority residents still have options to get legal help, said UNC Board of Governors member Steve Long.
The board voted 19-3 to end the ability of the CCR, and centers connected to other UNC campuses, to sue. Student member Tyler Hardin, who can’t vote, said he would have red-lighted the policy. Board newcomer Darrell Allison — citing his close relationship with the center’s founder, the late civil-rights icon Julius Chambers — abstained.
Board members said the policy change won’t leave North Carolinians who can’t afford legal help out in the cold. At least 14 legal clinics within the UNC Law School offer pro-bono representation. Board Chairman Lou Bissette said the board would support another legal clinic if the school wants to add one.