North Carolina lost one of its truly great citizens this morning with the passing of UNC Law School Professor Emeritus, Dan Pollitt. Dan was a constitutional law expert, a crusader for civil liberties and a champion of human rights and equality. A brilliant attorney who used his intellect and commitment to fight for the underdog and the causes of freedom and progress in every imaginable forum – the courts, academia, the halls of Congress and the General Assembly, local government and the court of public opinion – Pollitt also schooled vast numbers of the state’s attorneys in the Constitution. Throughout the last half decade, there was scarcely an important civil rights or social justice cause in our state that Dan didn’t impact for the better. He will be missed tremendously.
Progressive advocates who are not familiar with the work of the man upon whose shoulders they now stand should make a point of learning about Pollitt’s amazing accomplishments as they are remembered and celebrated in the days and weeks to come.