Ian A. Mance is a Staff Attorney with Southern Coalition’s criminal justice reform team. He 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. His efforts working with community organizers in Durham helped lead to a formal finding of “racial bias and racial profiling” by the Durham Police Department and a series of policy reforms aimed at deterring abusive stop-and-search practices. As a Staff Attorney, Mance’s practice includes cases involving police misconduct, prison conditions, and wrongful convictions. He also leads SCSJ’s Open Data Policing initiative.
Mance graduated with honors from the UNC School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the North Carolina Law Review and as a certified student practitioner in UNC’s Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. While at the UNC Clinic, Mance represented a group of eight men in a federal excessive force lawsuit that resulted in changes to a maximum security prison’s solitary confinement unit aimed at improving unit safety and officer accountability. From 2006 to 2010, Mance worked as a Program Associate at the Raleigh office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he coordinated a campaign that led to the reform of use-of-force policies in eighteen North Carolina sheriffs’ departments statewide and provided assistance to the Legal and Racial Justice Programs. Prior to his time at the ACLU, he served as Shelter Manager of the Hospitality House, northwestern North Carolina’s only homeless shelter. He has also worked for the UNC Center for Civil Rights; the Durham firm of Brock & Meece, P.A., where he focused on civil rights and criminal cases; Vaughn Investigations, a private detective agency; and Motley Rice, LLC, one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ litigation firms.
Mance is a former national board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and has long been active in the movement for drug policy reform. He has also been active in efforts to promote accountability for police abuse of electronic weapons. His 2013 article, Power Down: Tasers, the Fourth Amendment, and Police Accountability in the Fourth Circuit, was published in volume 91 of the North Carolina Law Review. In 2008, he co-authored the ACLU report, Not There Yet: The Need for Safer Taser Policies in North Carolina, which surveyed Taser-related deaths in the state and Taser use-of-force policies in all 100 counties. Mance holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice, respectively, from Appalachian State University. He was born and raised in Charleston, SC.
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