North Carolina Central University School of Law will host a conference for area college students organized under the auspices of the World Justice Project (WJP) on Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The WJP is a nonprofit organization that seeks to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the rule of law and protect fundamental rights and freedoms. The conference will be the first of its kind nationally to specifically target undergraduate college students. Previous conferences organized by the WJP have targeted adults and high school students.
Featured speakers will include nationally renowned constitutional law expert Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, and Kimberly Moore, attorney with the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training in the United States Department of Justice.
Conference registration was open to all college students within a 90-mile radius, regardless of their academic discipline or chosen career path. The WJP terms this multidisciplinary approach “mainstreaming.” It is intended to broaden understanding of the importance and awareness of the threat posed to the rule of law all over the world. Organizers hope that the program can serve as a model for similar conferences in the future, both within North Carolina and nationally.
Raymond Pierce, dean of the NCCU School of Law, said he is “honored to host a conference that is designed to stimulate discussion about the rule of law and impress upon the students the importance of the rule of law to every sector of society.”
This story was originally published on February 6, 2012 at NCCU.edu.