Geeta N. Kapur is a seasoned civil rights and criminal defense lawyer who has devoted her career to defending poor and oppressed racial minorities. Kapur was the lead pro bono lawyer for the North Carolina’s NAACP Moral Monday protests, led by Reverend William Barber and received the prestigious North Carolina NAACP’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for her service. She has argued landmark constitutional cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. In 2012, Kapur provided written testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline and in 2015 presented at a US Congress briefing on mass incarceration. She has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 criminal defense lawyers in North Carolina. Kapur has appeared on National Public Radio, Radio One, and local television and radio stations. She trained lawyers to respond to the mass protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the police murder of Keith Scott.
Kapur has taught an innovative pilot course on race and law at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell Law School in Raleigh. Kapur graduated from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s undergraduate business and graduate law schools. She is a native of Kenya and currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.