Long-time civil rights lawyer and pastor Chance Lynch has devoted his career to fighting the injustices of police brutality that, after the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, seem to only have intensified. A Halifax County native, Lynch graduated from North Carolina Central University State of Law in 2009. From there, he served as the Assistant District Attorney for Halifax County until Lynch became the managing attorney at his law firm, Lynch Law, in 2010. Lynch strives to be a pillar of strength for those whose civil rights have been violated, like in the case of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man who was shot and killed by sheriff deputies while a drug-related warrant was being served. Lynch recently spoke at this year’s Root Institute about the importance of qualified immunity. For his tireless work to hold law enforcement accountable, we proudly celebrate Lynch on our 2022 list.