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 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 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 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 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 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 »
Whitley Carpenter is an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow 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 »
Kathleen Lockwood is an Equal Justice Works/Americorps Legal Fellow working with the Clean Slate Project, which provides direct legal reentry services to persons with criminal records. Kathleen was exposed to the inequities of the criminal justice system through various volunteer positions prior to and during law school, and came to the Clean Slate Project with a passion for working directly with those impacted by this system. Read Kathleen’s full bio »
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. Emily regularly speaks to student and community groups about recent developments in voting and election law (and other discrimination-related laws, such as North Carolina’s House Bill 2), and their legal and practical implications for communities of color.
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Umar Muhammad is a community organizer with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. His current responsibilities include identifying people in the communities we serve who have criminal record histories and connecting them with our attorneys. SCSJ’s attorneys then attempt to obtain court-based remedies such as expunctions and certificates of relief when possible.
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Ricky Watson Jr.
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 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 »
Alesha is a staff attorney in SCSJ’s voting rights practice area. Alesha is a 2012 New York Law School graduate. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 as a Political Science major and Business minor. She embraced her commitment to racial and social justice during her first semester of law school when she joined the New York Civil Rights Coalition as a volunteer instructor. Read Alesha’s full bio »
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 »
Angaza Laughinghouse is an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow 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 is an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow 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 »