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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Allison Riggs

Allison Riggs

Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Allison Riggs is a staff attorney focusing on voting rights and environmental justice. She has been with SCSJ since 2009. Her voting rights work over the last four years 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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Fred McBride

Fred McBride

Senior Policy Analyst

Fred McBride is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. He has a PhD in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University with undergraduate and graduate political science and public administration teaching experience in American Government and politics, state and local government, and public policy. Read Fred’s full bio »

Bethan Eynon

Bethan Eynon

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Bethan is a staff attorney focusing on criminal justice issues related to SCSJ’s Clean Slate Project. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Journalism, and earned her J.D. from UNC School of Law in 2012. During law school, Bethan led the UNC Pro Bono Program in encouraging in her peers a lifelong dedication to pro bono work and
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Whitley Carpenter

Whitley Carpenter

Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Whitley Carpenter is an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow currently focusing on criminal justice issues related to SCSJ’s Clean Slate Program. In her time with SCSJ, she has also explored issues related to racial profiling and police misconduct.Read Whitley’s full bio »

Kathleen Lockwood

Kathleen Lockwood

Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Kathleen Lockwood is an Equal Justice Works/Americorp Legal Fellow working as a staff attorney with the Clean Slate Project. Kathleen was exposed to the inequities of the criminal justice system through various volunteer positions prior to and during law school. She comes to the Clean Slate Project with a passion for working directly with those impacted by this system. Read Kathleen’s full bio »

Emily Seawell

Emily Seawell

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

Emily is a staff attorney focusing primarily on voting rights work. She is a 2015 graduate of Elon University School of Law where she was a Leadership Fellow. While in law school, Emily worked with pro bono clients seeking asylum in the United States, and spent a summer studying immigration and constitutional rights in Cape Town, South Africa. A graduate of the University of Florida, before coming to law school, Emily was a newspaper editor in the Tampa Bay area.

Umar Muhammad

Umar Muhammad

Community Organizer

Umar Muhammad is a community organizer with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. His current responsibilities include working with clients who have criminal record histories to obtain court-based remedies such as expunctions and certificates of
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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 »