Bill Rowe is General Counsel and Deputy Director of Advocacy at the Justice Center where his responsibilities include developing and implementing the Justice Center’s annual work plan; managing, supervising, and developing the agenda of the Policy Unit of the Justice Center; working with staff to fulfill the vision of the Justice Center and to develop and implement the Justice Center’s annual strategic plan and overall advocacy agenda; supporting Justice Center advocacy staff to ensure a comprehensive coordinated effort; and developing new projects and substantive areas in response to emerging issues.
Bill first came to NC in 1979 as a VISTA organizer with the Carolina Brown Lung Association in Roanoke Rapids. After attending Northeastern University School of Law, Bill returned to NC in 1985 to work as a staff attorney with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) in Concord and subsequently with East Central Community Legal Services (ECCLS) in Raleigh. Bill represented low income clients in a wide array of civil cases, including impact litigation, evictions and poor housing quality, employment, unemployment compensation, consumer rights, Social Security, public benefits, domestic violence, and community economic development. Bill came to the Justice Center’s predecessor organization, the N.C. Legal Services Resource Center in 1992 and has been with the Justice Center since its inception in 1996. He served as executive director of the Justice Center from 2001 to 2004. Bill is a committed anti-poverty advocate with three decades experience. He has served as counsel in class action lawsuits concerning consumer rights, education, public benefits, and housing law. In addition, Bill has represented members of the state’s low-income communities before the NC legislature, state and federal agencies and local governments on issues related to housing, employment, civil rights, consumer rights, tax fairness, reentry, judicial procedures, access to the courts and environmental justice.View Bill Rowe's Publications