Melinda Lawrence, who’s led the N.C. Justice Center since 2007, announced Monday that she’ll retire at the end of the year.
Lawrence presided over years of growth for the research and advocacy organization, doubling its staff and adding new programs. A news release said she will leave the Justice Center in “a stronger position to advocate for North Carolina’s families.”
Lawrence, a longtime civil rights attorney, said she’d always planned to retire at age 65, a milestone she hit earlier this year. She says she won’t be taking on another full-time role but might still be involved in the occasional civil rights case.
“I can’t imagine I’m going to be able to walk away from that,” she said.
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Lawrence’s tenure has included a dramatic shift in the state’s political climate from Democratic to Republican control. “I think many of our primary accomplishments over the last two or three years have been limiting harm and protecting long-term commitments,” she said.