Mark Dorosin

Mark E Dorosin

College Of Law - Instruction


Office Hours

College of Law, Room 183J
M,T,TH: 1100-1:00
W: 4:00-5:00
F: 10:00-12:00
or by appointment

Program Assistant is Monica Delacruz, Phone:  (407) 254-4035,

Current Semester Schedule

LAW 6948 Economic Justice Clinic W 1:00-2:40
LAW 6947 Field Placement F 5:30-7:00

About Me

Mark Dorosin is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of Legal Clinics and Field Placements at the College of Law. He has been a civil rights lawyer and litigator for 30 years, working to address the continuing impacts of racial segregation and exclusion in housing, employment discrimination, environmental justice, restrictions on political participation, and racial disparities in education. Prior to joining FAMU, Professor Dorosin served as the Managing Attorney of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law-North Carolina Regional Office, and before that as co-Director of the Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights. He also led the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Law Center for Civil Rights for 10 years. Prof. Dorosin was elected to the Orange County (NC) Board of Commissioners three consecutive times, and served as Chairman from 2016-2018.

Areas of Interest

  • Civil Rights & Racial Justice 
  • Education 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Voting Rights 
  • Fair Housing 
  • Heirs’ Property  
  • Community Economic Development 
  • State & Local Government 
  • Community Organizing & Advocacy 


  • J.D.
    University of North Carolina School of Law 1994
  • M.A., History
    University of North Carolina-Greensboro 1989
  • B.A., Political Science and Education
    Duke University 1987

Work History

  • Associate Professor and Director of Legal Clinics and Field Placements, 2021-present.
    Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando FL

  • Managing Attorney, Regional Office, 2019-2021
    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Co-Executive Director, 2018-2019
    Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights, Chapel Hill NC

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, 2009-2021
    University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Managing Attorney, 2008-2017
    Center for Civil Rights, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Adjunct Professor, 2015
    Department of Geography. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Senior Lecturing Fellow & Supervising Attorney, 2006-2008
    Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC
    Community Enterprise Clinic, 7/06-4/08

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2003-2004
    University of North Carolina School of Law

Academic Accomplishments

  • Panelist, Exploring Equity Concerns In The Wider Education Landscape,” The Promise of Educational Equity, Touro Law Symposium, March 21, 2024. 
  • "Exceedingly Unpersuasive” – Discrimination, Transgender Students, and School Bathrooms, 11 Belmont Law Review 265, Spring 2024.

  • Cumming v. Richmond County Board of Education: The Great Dissenter’s Great Betrayal, 62 Duquesne Law Review 2 (forthcoming June 2024)

  • Panelist, “HBCUs and Cooperative Community Development—Healing & Repairing Black Communities,” National Conference on the Black Cooperative Agenda, Las Vegas, NV, June 2023.

  • Panelist, “The Economic Injustice of Mass Incarceration,” Southern Regional Black Law Students Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, Feb. 2023.

  • Goal 4: Quality Education, book chapter in Governing for Sustainability, John C. Dernbach & Scott E. Schang, eds. (Environmental Law Institute 2023).

  • “Old Wine/New Bottles: State School District Takeovers and the Perpetuation of Education Injustices,” National Education Finance Academy Annual Conference, (keynote address), April 2022.

  • Making America a Better Place for All: Sustainable Development Recommendations for the Biden Administration, John C. Dernbach & Scott E. Schang, eds. 51 Environmental Law Review 10310 (2021).

  • The Battle of Brandy Creek: How One Black Community Fought Annexation, Tax Revaluation, and Displacement, 72 South Carolina Law Review 817 (2021).

  • North Carolina’s H.B. 2: A Case Study in LGBTQ Rights, Preemption, and the (Un)Democratic Process, 122 West Virginia Law Review 783 (2020).

  • Backlash Against Justice: The Ideological Attack on the UNC Center for Civil Rights (with Elizabeth Haddix), 40 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 23 (2018).

  • True Threats: Wanted Posters, Stalking and the First Amendment, book chapter in Transcending Borders- Abortion in the Past and Present, Shannon Stettner, Katrina Ackerman, Kristen Burnett, Travis Hay, eds.(Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Everett et al v. Pitt County Schools (Everett I and II) and the Ominous Future of Federal Court Desegregation Orders, 67 South Carolina Law Review 713 (2016).

  • A Civil Rights Act for the 21st Century: The Privileges and Immunities Clause and a Constitutional Guarantee to Be Free from Discriminatory Impact, 6 Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy 35 (2016)

  • The Law’s Delay: Continuing the Struggle for School Diversity and Equity in Leandro’s Shadow, (with co-author Luke Largess), book chapter in Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte, Roslyn Mickelson, Stephen Smith & Amy Nelson, eds. (Cambridge, Harvard Education Press 2015).

  • A Too New South? North Carolina, Civil Rights, Coalition Building and the First African American Female Rabbi, paper presented at “Blacks, Jews and Social Justice in America,” Brandeis University, Boston MA, June 2014.

  • More Than “Mellifluous but Hollow Rhetoric” Griggs v. Duke Power and the Disparate Impact Theory of Race Discrimination, presented at Documented Rights: A Symposium on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, National Archives and Records Administration, Morrow, GA, June 13, 2009.


  • Orange County Bar Association, Liberty Apple Award, 2024 
  • FAMU College of Law-BLSA, Percy R. Luney Spirit of Service Award, 2023
  • FAMU College of Law, Professor of the Year, 2023
  • FAMU College of Law, Department of the Year (Legal Clinic), 2023
  • Telly Award, "Legal Connections-Legal Clinics", 2023
  • Community Legal Services, Partner in Service Award (Legal Clinic) 2023
  • UNC Law Pro Bono Program, Faculty Member of the Year, 2010

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • Law 3672 Appellate Advocacy
  • LAW 6948 Economic Justice Clinic
  • LAW 6497 Field Placement
  • LAW 6933 Advanced Topics in Law-Political Rights, Civil Rights, & the Law 

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