Harvard Law School’s Systemic Justice Project and Howard University School of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center  Announce the Return of ‘The Justice Initiative’

After a wonderful pilot year, the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law have again joined forces to bring back “The Justice Initiative.” The Justice Initiative is a community of social justice-oriented law students, lawyers, law-school faculty, legal organizations, organizers, and activists devoted to thinking creatively about the role lawyers can play in reimagining, dismantling, and remaking unjust systems, working to repair longstanding injustices, assisting law students hoping to pursue justice-oriented careers, and providing opportunities for further study, engagement, advising, organizing, and collaboration among its members. You can learn more about the origins of the Justice Initiative here.

This year will build on last year’s success. Last year’s Justice Initiative community comprised more than 50 lawyers law professors from around the country and more than 200 justice-oriented law students from more than 70 U.S. law schools. The Justice Initiative has several major elements. Three-hour Saturday Sessions featured a variety of inspiring scholars and lawyers, including K-Sue Park, Cheryl Harris, Khiara Bridges, Alec Karakatsanis, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Saru Matambanadzo, Derecka Purnell, Bianca Tylek, Whitney Benns, Esme Caramello, Purvi Shah, Ruby-Beth Buitekant, and Cornel West. The Justice Initiative also included a formal mentoring and career advising for our students to ensure they have the guidance and support they need to become justice-oriented lawyers. One advising session, for instance, included a half-dozen public-interest advisors from law schools around the U.S. A third major element of the Justice Initiative was its community and praxis, with numerous opportunities for discussion and reflection as well as for organizing and activism (particularly in response to the attack on CRT).

For law students, lawyers, law professors, and organizers interested in learning more about this year’s Justice Initiative, you can watch the a video recording of the  information session below:

Law students who want to participate in the Justice Initiative for 2020-2021 can apply at the following link:

Lawyers, law professors, and organizers can apply at the following url:

Returning members from last year’s Justice Initiative should apply here:

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