Elna B. Spaulding Founder’s Award Partners for Peace Celebration
Honoring Scott Holmes, Civil Rights Attorney & Law Professor
Scott Holmes has been a tireless advocate for social justice, from being the lead attorney for dozens of Moral Monday arrestees at the NC legislature, to fighting for the rights of immigrants, children and the mentally ill.
Scott Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University in Durham, where he supervises the Civil Litigation Clinic, and teaches Trial Practice, Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, Legal Problems of the Poor, and Restorative Justice.
His clinic handles civil matters related to prison conditions, fair housing, police misconduct, and evictions. His research and writing focus on how racial inequity impacts the rule of law.
Before joining the faculty he was a partner at the law firm of Meece and Lockamy where he handled serious criminal cases in state and federal court, at trial and on appeal.
He went to UNC School of Law and completed the Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. He clerked Judge John Martin at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and worked as a Public Defender in Durham for a few years before moving to private practice. He has worked as a trial lawyer in civil rights and criminal defense cases, representing Anti-racism protesters who removed the confederate monument in Durham, Jail conditions protesters, Black Lives Matter protesters, Moral Monday protesters, panhandlers, Dreamer activists, and Occupy Protesters. He has assisted families of people of color killed by police.
Scott is concerned with the way our justice system harms poor and vulnerable members of our community including children, immigrants, and the mentally ill. He also works to challenge racial disparities in law enforcement, criminal justice, and housing practices. Having represented protesters, preachers, and panhandlers, Scott works to empower and amplify marginalized voices in our community.