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Saturday, July 16, 2005

CrimProf Blog Spotlight: Marshall Dayan of North Carolina Central

Dayan This week CrimProf Blog spotlights Professor Marshall Dayan of North Carolina Central.  "Born in Miami, FL, Professor Dayan moved to Macon, Georgia as a youth and is a product of the public schools there. After graduating from Central High School, he attended the University of Georgia, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in political science. He began law school at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia, but transferred to and received his Juris Doctor degree from Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C.

A member of both the District of Columbia and North Carolina bars, Dayan began his legal career at the law firm of Karr, Lyons & McLain in Washington, DC. In January, 1988, Dayan became Staff Attorney at the North Carolina Resource Center, a specialized public defender office charged with representing those charged and/or convicted of capital crimes, and consulting with lawyers all over North Carolina appointed to represent those charged.

After seven years at the North Carolina Resource Center, Dayan joined the staff of the Office of the Appellate Defender, where he represented death row inmates on direct appeal almost exclusively.

In January, 1998, Dayan opened his own law office, where he engaged in general practice until joining the faculty at NCCU School of Law as a Visiting Professor in Fall, 2001. During that period of time, he briefly practiced with the firm of Unti, Lumsden & Smith in Raleigh, N.C.

Before joining the faculty full-time, Dayan taught trial advocacy and a death penalty seminar as an adjunct, and has taught extensively in both trial and appellate advocacy, with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He has also taught at numerous seminars on the law and practice of capital cases.  He has published law review articles in the Antioch Law Journal, the Criminal Law Bulletin, the Howard Law Journal and the Loyola-Marymount Law Review. He has also published numerous articles in the The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Professor Dayan remains active in the struggle against the death penalty. He is a former chair of the Board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and is President of the NC - based People of Faith Against the Death Penalty. In 1998, he won the Paul Green Award of the NC-ACLU and the Paul Green Foundation for his efforts to abolish the death penalty in NC.  He has served on the board of directors of the Durham Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, and volunteers with the Durham County Teen Court program. He has served on the board of directors of Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC, and is Vice-Chair of the Commission on Social Action for Reform Judaism, a national policy-making board.  His favorite jurists are Thurgood Marshall, William Brennan, and Louis Brandeis."

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