VIRTUAL: WRITERS FOR DEMOCRATIC ACTION PANEL with Anita Earls, Robert Reives, Jill McCorkle, and Gene Nichol

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 3:00 pm (click here to register via Crowdcast)

Join Gene Nichol, NC Supreme Court Judge Anita Earls and NC House Democratic Leader Robert Reives for a discussion about voting rights, the upcoming election, and the state of politics in NC today. Hosted by Jill McCorkle.


Anita Earls is an Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Before taking office on January 1, 2019, she was a civil rights attorney litigating voting rights and other civil rights cases for 30 years. Anita was the founder and Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a non-profit legal advocacy organization in Durham, North Carolina. In the Clinton Administration Anita served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. She has served on the North Carolina State Board of Elections, and the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. Anita has taught as an adjunct professor at UNC and University of Maryland Law Schools and in the African and African-American Studies Department at Duke University. A graduate of Yale Law School and Williams College, Anita lives in Durham with her husband Charles Walton. She has two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Gene R. Nichol is a law professor, editorial commentator, and author of The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens (UNC Press, 2018) and a number of other books. He writes commentary for Raleigh News and ObserverCharlotte Observer, the Progressive Populist, and others. He is the Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor of law at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center until it was closed by the UNC Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.

Jill McCorkle’s first two novels were released simultaneously when she was just out of college, and the New York Times called her “a born novelist.” Since then, she has published five other novels and four collections of short stories, and her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Five of her books have been New York Times Notable books, and her novel, Life After Life, was a New York Times bestseller.

Robert Reives represents House District 54, all of Chatham County and part of Durham County and is the Democratic Leader in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He lives in Goldston with his wife Cynthia and their two children, Brianna and Robert, III. Robert is a double Tar Heel, attending North Carolina for both his undergraduate and law degree. He earned the Pogue Scholarship while studying at UNC as an undergrad before returning to acquire his law degree. Since December of 2020, House Democrats have entrusted Robert to lead the House Democratic Caucus, electing him to be House Democratic Leader. As Leader, Robert helps guide debates and ensures that all members of the caucus have their opinions heard.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 3:00pm
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752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Published: Blair - April 14th, 2020

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