Anita Earls

Anita Earls

Executive Director

Anita Earls is a civil rights attorney with over 25 years of experience. Prior to founding the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, she was Director of Advocacy at the UNC Center for Civil Rights and Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In the Clinton Administration Ms. Earls was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Danielle Carman

Danielle Carman

Deputy Director

Danielle Carman joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice as its Deputy Director in September 2016. Prior to joining SCSJ, she served for more than 15 years as the founding Assistant Director and General Counsel of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS), a statewide agency charged with overseeing the provision of legal services to indigent persons.
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Allison Riggs

Allison Riggs

Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Allison Riggs is a senior staff attorney focusing on voting rights and environmental justice. She has been with SCSJ since 2009. Her voting rights work has been focused on redistricting, and she has litigated redistricting cases on behalf of State NAACP Conferences in Texas, Florida and North Carolina.
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Dave Hall

Dave Hall

Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Dave Hall earned a B.A. in Management from Manhattanville College in NY and his JD and MBA from North Carolina Central University School of Law and North Carolina Central University School of Business. Prior to joining SCSJ, Dave had a private criminal law practice in Durham, NC. Through his criminal
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Ian Mance

Ian Mance

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Ian A. Mance is a Staff Attorney with Southern Coalition’s Criminal Justice Reform team. Mance first joined SCSJ in 2013 by way of a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations, during which he focused on utilizing traffic stop data to challenge racial profiling practices by law enforcement. As a Staff Attorney, his current practice includes cases involving police misconduct, prison conditions, and wrongful convictions.
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Whitley Carpenter

Whitley Carpenter

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Whitley Carpenter is Staff Attorney currently focusing on criminal justice issues related to SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. In her time with SCSJ, she has also explored issues related to racial profiling and police misconduct. Read Whitley’s full bio »

Angaza Laughinghouse

Angaza Laughinghouse

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Angaza Laughinghouse is Staff Attorney working with SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Read Angaza’s full bio »

Laura Holland

Laura Holland

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice

Laura Holland is a Staff Attorney working with the Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. Laura earned her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and her J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law. Read Laura’s full bio »

Emily Seawell

Emily Seawell

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Emily Seawell is a staff attorney focusing on voting rights. Since joining SCSJ in January 2015, Emily has been involved in community-based advocacy and litigation challenging voter suppression and redistricting laws in North Carolina and across the South.
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Jaclyn Maffetore

Jaclyn Maffetore

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Jaclyn Maffetore is a staff attorney in SCSJ’s voting rights section, where she engages in litigation and policy advocacy promoting fair districts and voter enfranchisement for marginalized communities. Growing up in Southeastern North Carolina and witnessing discrimination first hand, Jaclyn developed a strong sense of justice and fairness that guided her toward the legal profession at a young age.
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Ricky Watson Jr.

Ricky Watson Jr.

Youth Justice Project Co-Director

Ricky is Co-Director of the Youth Justice Project, which works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for youth in education, juvenile delinquency, and criminal systems. Ricky, a native of Greensboro, NC, graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned his J.D. from Elon University School of Law with a concentration in Public Interest. Read Ricky’s full bio »

Peggy D. Nicholson

Peggy D. Nicholson

Youth Justice Project Co-Director

Peggy D. Nicholson is Co-Director of the Youth Justice Project, which works to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for North Carolina youth in high-quality education, juvenile, and criminal systems. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies, and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2011. Read Peggy’s full bio »

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard

Communications Director

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard serves as the communications director for SCSJ. For the five years prior to joining the organization, Dustin held the same position at the North Carolina Sierra Club. He has developed relationships with journalists, editors, and advocates across the country. Dustin works to identify communications opportunities to advance all of SCSJ’s core issues. Read Dustin’s full bio »

Sala Abdallah

Sala Abdallah

Community Organizer

Sala Abdallah is a formerly incarcerated man dedicated to righting his wrong through outreach to the youth, and bringing consciousness to the community by making them aware their voices are heard and opinions matter. Read Sala’s full bio »

Baqir Mujahid

Baqir Mujahid

Community Organizer

Mr. Baqir Mujahid’s role as a Community Organizer with SCSJ gives him the opportunity to proactively break the barrier of the vicious cycle that causes recidivism, and all the collateral consequences stemming from mass incarceration. Read Baqir’s full bio »

Stacy Hamilton

Stacy Hamilton

Office Manager

Stacy Hamilton has served as SCSJ’s Office Manager since November 2015. In that capacity, she manages SCSJ’s finances, oversees office administration, and provides human resource services. Read Stacy’s full bio »

Kristen Powers

Kristen Powers

Advocacy Coordinator

Kristen Powers serves as SCSJ’s Advocacy Coordinator. She works across project teams to organize the most impactful and equitable policy and educational efforts possible. Read Kristen’s full bio »

Laura Wright

Laura Wright

SOLVE Coordinator

Laura Wright is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at SCSJ facilitating the work of SOLVE (Southern Leadership for Voter Engagement). Her fellowship project is aimed at developing and spreading best practices for combating discriminatory administrative barriers to voting to communities of color throughout the south. Read Laura’s full bio »