Friends, Colleagues Honor Julius Chambers' Legacy

Aug 5, 2013

Julius Chambers
Credit Ferguson, Chambers and Sumter

Friends and the state's legal community are honoring the life of Julius Chambers who died last week.  He was 76 years old. 

Chambers was active in the 1960s Civil Rights movement, founding the law firm that became North Carolina's first integrated practice.  A statement from the Ferguson, Chambers and Sumter firm said Chambers argued eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and won all of them. 

Chambers said in a 2010 speech at UNC-Chapel Hill that his wife questioned many of the cases he took.

"Why are you getting involved with this stuff?" Chambers said,  "This is the question.  See, if you were making a lot of money it would be a different story. (laughter) But..money was not the issue."

Chambers also made his mark on education helping to integrate Charlotte schools and becoming the first graduate of North Carolina Central University to serve as the school's chancellor.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.