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Advocacy center names new CEO 

Former Mecklenburg County public defender Toussaint Romain has been named the new CEO for the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, an agency that provides legal representation to those who are unable to afford it.  

Romain, the center’s first leader of color, most recently served as the deputy general counsel for Appalachian State University. He has conducted trainings and taught courses in constitutional law and mass incarceration and served as a national speaker presenting on issues such as leadership, systemic racism and sexism, and criminal justice reform to legal professionals, systems leaders, and corporate executives, according to a news release.  

Before graduating from law school in 2007, Romain worked for federal prosecutors, federal and state judges, large law firms, the National Institute of Justice, and Sen. John Edwards.  

John Grupp, president of the center’s board of directors, said that Romain is the right person to “expand the reach and impact of the Advocacy Center’s mission and vision to pursue justice for those in need.”  

Romain said that he asks himself one question regarding how to best serve vulnerable Charlotteans: How do we get this done?  

“I have been offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to join Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and fight for access to justice and utilize our legal system as a tool for economic opportunity and upward mobility for all,” Romain said in a statement. 

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