RALEIGH (April 5, 2022) – The North Carolina Justice Center will honor Jane Wettach for her work as an education advocate in North Carolina during virtual and in-person events this April. The sold-out in-person event will take place on April 13, and a virtual event will follow on April 14. Wettach, who is the William B. McGuire Clinical Professor Emerita of Law at Duke University, will be presented with the Lifetime Champion of Justice award.
While at Duke Law, she founded the Children’s Law Clinic, a student-staffed community law office that provides free representation to low-income children in cases involving special education, school discipline, and disability benefits. Prior to her work with the Children’s Law Clinic, Wettach also supervised law students in a clinic serving people with HIV and AIDS, now known as the Health Justice Clinic. She also taught education law and legal writing and analysis.
“Jane’s remarkable work improved the quality of education for tens of thousands of families across the state,” said Matt Ellinwood, director of the Education & Law Project at the NC Justice Center. “She represented students with disabilities and advocated on behalf of communities dealing with disparities in the use of exclusionary school discipline policies, and served as a mentor to the next generation of attorneys working on behalf of North Carolina’s children.”
The event will include special presentations from Ellinwood, North Carolina Justice Center Executive Director Rick Glazier, and Representative Graig Meyer.