Julius Chambers is featured speaker for first Diversity Day at Elon Law, Saturday, Feb. 9

Civil rights and school desegregation leader Julius Chambers will be the keynote speaker Saturday, Feb. 9 as Elon University School of Law hosts its first Diversity Day. The free event, which is designed primarily for minority students but is open to all who are considering law school, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Elon Law School, located at 201 North Greene Street in downtown Greensboro. Details...

The program, which is co-sponsored by the Greensboro Bar Association and the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers, will include panel presentations from practicing attorneys, judges and current law school students. Prospective students will also have the opportunity to visit with representatives from Elon and other North Carolina law schools, ask questions and learn about the variety of scholarship and financial aid packages available to law students.

Chambers is one of the nation’s most celebrated school desegregation attorneys. He played a major role in Swann v. Charlotte/Mecklenburg Board of Education, the 1971 case that eventually made Charlotte a national leader in school desegregation. He and his law firm served as lead counsel in dozens of school desegregation cases in North Carolina and South Carolina.

He served as director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund from 1984 until 1993, when he became chancellor of North Carolina Central University. Under his leadership, the university launched a $50 million capital campaign and established its first 10 endowed chairs. Chambers retired as chancellor in 2001.

For questions or additional information, please contact Sharon Gaskin, assistant dean for admissions, at sgaskin@elon.edu or 336.279.9200.