Constance L. "Connie" Rice will deliver the 2012 William P. Murphy Distinguished Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at noon Thursday, Feb. 9.
The lecture will take place in the rotunda at the UNC School of Law. The event is free and open to the public.
Considered one of America's leading civil rights attorneys, Rice is co-founder and member of the board of directors of the national civil rights organization Advancement Project. She is author of the book "Power Concedes Nothing" (Scribner 2012), a memoir about her fight against gang violence in Los Angeles.
She successfully colitigated class action civil rights cases, winning more than $1.6 billion in policy changes and remedies during her nine-year tenure in the Los Angeles office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc. Rice is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law.
The Murphy Lecture Series was established by the UNC School of Law Class of 1990 to celebrate former faculty member Professor William P. Murphy's teaching and his work in constitutional law, labor law and civil rights. The series is responsible for bringing noted lawyers, political figures and public advocates to the campus.