Please join us in the Stone Center Theatre, where groundbreaking civil rights lawyer James E. Ferguson II will present the 2014 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs, titled “Fifty Years of Civil Rights Litigation–Everything is Different–But Not Much Has Changed.” Co-sponsored by UNC School of Law, the Center for Civil Rights, the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, this lecture will address the legacy of the Voting Rights Act, fifty years after its passage.
James E. Ferguson II was a founding partner, along with Julius L. Chambers, of the firm Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham and Sumter, P.A. He has served as President of the firm since 1984. He has held teaching positions at Harvard Law School and North Carolina Central Law School. He served as a Scholar in Residence at Santa Clara Law School and was recognized as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top ten litigators and has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive organization whose membership is limited to 100 of the nation’s top trial lawyers.