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Julius ChambersA Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights$
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Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628547

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628547.001.0001

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Julius Chambers Emerges

Julius Chambers Emerges

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(p.18) Chapter Two Julius Chambers Emerges
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Julius Chambers
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Richard A. Rosen

Joseph Mosnier

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628547.003.0003

This chapter recounts Julius Chambers's achievements during college, graduate school, and law school. After graduating summa cum laude from North Carolina College for Negroes and obtaining his masters degree in history at the University of Michigan, Chambers was admitted to the University of North Carolina School of Law, desegregated the prior decade by federal court order over the forceful objections of University and North Carolina officials. Chambers, despite being ranked 112th among the 114 students admitted to the Class of 1962 and notwithstanding a generally unwelcoming, often hostile atmosphere at the Law School and on campus, became editor-in-chief of the Law Review and graduated first in his class. This chapter also details Chambers's marriage to Vivian Giles and the couple's decision to move to New York City when, after no North Carolina law firm would grant Chambers a job interview, Columbia Law School quickly stepped forward with the offer of a one-year fellowship.

Keywords:   North Carolina College for Negroes, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina School of Law, desegregation of UNC Law School, University of North Carolina Law Review, editor-in-chief, Vivian Giles, Columbia Law School

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