North Carolina University School of Law Dean Browne C. Lewis has announced the appointment of three faculty members to endowed professorships at the School of Law.
Irving L. Joyner was selected to fill the Charles Hamilton Houston Endowed Chair, which is named for a prominent civil rights attorney active in educational equity issues in the early- to mid-19th century.
Joyner is a 40-year member of the NCCU faculty and an expert in civil rights law and history, a fitting description for the holder of the Houston chair.
He also has a national reputation as a civil rights litigator and as a published scholar, with numerous articles in major law reviews and other outlets.
Malik Edwards, Ph.D., has been selected as the John D. Fassett Professorship Endowed Chair.
Edwards holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, as well as a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
His research has focused on educational disparities, a vision shared by the chair's namesake, John D. Fassett, a U.S. Supreme Court clerk who served during the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and other groundbreaking cases.
Fassett not only created the named chair, but also donated a collection of records and writings from his time at the Supreme Court to the NCCU Law Library.
Reginald Mombrum, LLM, has been named as the RJR Nabisco Endowed Chair for Business and Law.
Mombrum, an NCCU alumnus, worked 14 years in the national office of the International Revenue Service on corporate mergers and acquisitions, his final two years as assistant branch chief. He joined the NCCU School of Law faculty in 2008.
Mombrum holds a business degree from Boston University, a Juris Doctor cum laude from NCCU, and a Master of Laws from the University of Florida.
The Nabisco endowed chair was initiated by the late Benjamin S. Ruffin, an NCCU alumnus and Durham businessman and civic leader.