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August 06, 2013


Chicago, Illinois (August 6, 2013) – Today we remember the life of a legal giant, Attorney Julius Chambers. We recall his work as Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and as former Chancellor at North Carolina Central University, the first alumnus to serve in this position. Attorney Chambers’ work for more than four decades of fighting for justice and equality for all strengthened our constitutional aspiration. He further established the country’s first integrated law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina and won many cases that shaped civil rights law, most notably and including the Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education regarding school busing. The Charlotte Observer reports that Attorney Chambers took eight cases before the Supreme Court and won them all. He was a man of substance, character and integrity. He became a point of reference for those of us in the civil rights movement because of his sound judgment, paired with his conviction to social justice. “We could always count on Attorney Julius Chambers”.

Rev Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. further remarked: "Julius Chambers was one of my mentors.  As he goes to sleep he leaves behind cherished memories, his fighting spirit of activism. There are countless students, judges, elected officials and even the White House who are beneficiaries of the work of Julius Chambers."

Attorney Julius Chambers is a model of excellence for those who are called to serve as members of the legal profession.