Obama’s Civil Rights Chief to Speak at NCCU Law School

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010

Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will speak at the North Carolina Central University School of Law on Monday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m. The event is being hosted by the NCCU School of Law Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Society.

Early in his administration, President Barack Obama nominated Perez to be the nation’s chief civil rights enforcer. Perez was later confirmed by the United States Senate in October 2009. Perez is charged with directing the agency within the federal government responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion and national origin. The Civil Rights Division was established December 9, 1957.

Perez served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Janet Reno and also as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our law school is honored to be visited by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Director, said Raymond Pierce, Dean of the NCCU School of Law. “President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech placed particular emphasis on his administration’s civil rights division which makes Tom Perez’s visit here very special.”

Pierce served with Perez in the Clinton Administration where Pierce was a senior education and civil rights official and member of a White House Domestic Policy Council team. The two have also served together on a select committee of the American Bar Association on standards of legal education.