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Elon Law forum honoring civil rights attorney Julius Chambers - Jan. 21

Elon Law's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum will take place at 6 p.m., on June 21 at the law school. It will commemorate the legal career and legacy of civil rights attorney Julius Chambers.


·     The Hon. Henry Frye  – Chief Justice (retired), North Carolina Supreme Court

·     John Charles Boger - Dean & Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

·    Geraldine Sumter - Partner, Ferguson Chambers & Sumter law firm

MODERATOR - Jonathan R. Harkavy, Partner, Patterson Harkavy law firm


Tuesday, January 21st, 6:00 pm
In the library at Elon University School of Law
201 N. Greene St., Greensboro, N.C.

Reception to follow


  • Elon Law student chapter of North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Elon Law Black Law Students Association


Julius L. Chambers (1936-2013), graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1962, first in his class of 100. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Golden Fleece, the highest honorary societies at the University. He taught at Columbia University School of Law while earning his masters of law degree in 1964. 

In June 1964, Mr. Chambers opened his law practice in a cold water walkup on East Trade Street in Charlotte. This one person law practice eventually became the first integrated law firm in North Carolina history. In its first decade, the law firm did more to influence evolving federal civil rights law than any other private law practice in the United States. Mr. Chambers and his founding partners, James E. Ferguson, II, and Adam Stein, working with lawyers of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., successfully litigated civil rights cases and helped shape the contours of civil rights law by winning landmark United States Supreme Court rulings in such cases as , 402 U.S. 1 (1971), (the famous school busing decision) and ., 401 U.S. 424, 91 S.Ct. 849, 28 L.Ed.2d 158 (1971) and , 422 U.S. 405 (1975) (two of the Supreme Court's most significant Title VII employment discrimination decisions). 

Mr. Chambers retired from his position as Chancellor of North Carolina Central University on June 30, 2001 and reentered private law practice with the Firm where his work includes business matters, employment discrimination, education and civil rights. 

The preceding biography provided courtesy of the law office of Ferguson, Chambers & Sumter, P.A.  A detailed remembrance of Mr. Chambers is available here: http://fergusonsumter.com/index.php


Philip Craft,
1/15/2014 10:40 AM