Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Columbia Journal of Race and Law The Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) strives to promote scholarship that examines issues surrounding racial and ethnic justice.

Since its founding, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) has become a leader among its peers. CJRL promotes scholarship that examines issues surrounding racial and ethnic justice. We envision this work as a part of a collective effort progressing towards “a more perfect union.” The Journal is an exciting and unique opportunity to deepen the discourse on race and the law both within Columbia as well as the broader legal community.

Mission: The mission of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) is to establish a dialogue on historic and contemporary notions of socio-political and legal challenges facing racial and ethnic minorities. We hope to embrace the continual importance of prioritizing this discourse as a means of better understanding contemporary issues, in addition to embarking on new paths for social progress.

05/28/2019

Rising CLS 2Ls: the deadline to apply to CJRL for the 2019-2020 academic year is tomorrow! We are excited to read your applications. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Announcing the Columbia Journal of Race and Law Volume 10 Editorial Board
04/23/2019

Announcing the Columbia Journal of Race and Law Volume 10 Editorial Board

Please join us today for Invisible: The Place of Slavery in the Law School - A Conversation with Faculty and Students.Co...
04/19/2019

Please join us today for Invisible: The Place of Slavery in the Law School - A Conversation with Faculty and Students.

Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Building Room 546

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1242593819224906/?active_tab=about

Register for free on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invisible-the-place-of-slavery-in-the-law-school-a-conversation-with-faculty-and-students-tickets-59622773320

The event will consist of a roundtable discussion on the invisibility of slavery in the law school curriculum with:

- Professor Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture. Professor Thomas' teaching and research interests include U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and law and sexuality.

- Professor Katherine Franke, Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Professor Franke is leading scholar on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory.

- Professor Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law. Professor Greene's scholarship focuses on the structure of legal and constitutional argument and he is a frequent media commentator on the Supreme Court and on constitutional law.

- Professor Maeve Glass, Associate Professor of Law, is a legal historian of the United States. Professor Glass' work examines the development of constitutional law and its implications for today.

The roundtable will be followed by presentation and a moderated discussion of student research conducted for the inaugural seminar course 'The Legal History of American Slavery' taught by Professor Glass in the Fall 2018 semester.

Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Columbia Legal History Workshop and in collaboration with the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

04/08/2019

Interested in joining the Columbia Journal of Race and Law?

Check out our recruitment events this week!

Information Session
Tuesday, April 9th | 12:10 - 1:10 PM | JG 546
Tropical Sensations lunch will be served!

Happy Hour
Thursday, April 11th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Arts & Crafts
Drink tickets and snacks will be available!

Questions? Contact Ariana Bushweller, Editor-in-Chief ([email protected]).

04/01/2019
Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Stop by our table in JG to learn more about joining the Journal for the 2019-2020 Academic Year!

04/01/2019

Stop by our table in JG to learn more about joining the Journal for the 2019-2020 Academic Year!

We will be live streaming! Tuesday, March 26th | 12:10 - 1:10 | JG 107The topic of reparatory justice for descendants of...
03/26/2019

We will be live streaming!

Tuesday, March 26th | 12:10 - 1:10 | JG 107

The topic of reparatory justice for descendants of enslaved Africans has emerged in the national news cycle, with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates all taking a position on the issue. What is reparations? Is it realistic? What form can it take? These questions will be explored in depth with Nkechi Taifa, Esq., human rights attorney and activist.

About Nkechi Taifa: Ms. Taifa is a founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, helping to articulate the legal and political rationale for reparations for African Americans. Most recently, Ms. Taifa served as advocacy director for criminal justice at the Open Society Foundations. Ms. Taifa has spoken on the issue of reparations at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania, and the College of William and Mary, amongst other academic institutions. Ms. Taifa has also written extensively on the issue, with her first essay on the topic, entitled “Reparations and Self-Determination” published in 1993, exploring the topic of reparations within the context of international law.

Join the Columbia Journal of Race and Law for a talk about reparations this Tuesday, March 26!The topic of reparatory ju...
03/21/2019

Join the Columbia Journal of Race and Law for a talk about reparations this Tuesday, March 26!

The topic of reparatory justice for descendants of enslaved Africans has emerged in the national news cycle, with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates all taking a position on the issue. What is reparations? Is it realistic? What form can it take? These questions will be explored in depth with Nkechi Taifa, Esq., human rights attorney and activist.

About Nkechi Taifa:

Ms. Taifa is a founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, helping to articulate the legal and political rationale for reparations for African Americans. Most recently, Ms. Taifa served as advocacy director for criminal justice at the Open Society Foundations. Ms. Taifa has spoken on the issue of reparations at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania, and the College of William and Mary, amongst other academic institutions. Ms. Taifa has also written extensively on the issue, with her first essay on the topic, entitled “Reparations and Self-Determination” published in 1993, exploring the topic of reparations within the context of international law.

In celebration of the publication of Volume 9, Issue 1, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) would like to acknow...
03/18/2019

In celebration of the publication of Volume 9, Issue 1, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) would like to acknowledge the Volume 9 Board of Editors that made it possible:

Start counting down the days until CJRL's Volume 8.2 drops, but while you're at it check out CJRL's Volume 8.1 with arti...
04/12/2018
Volume 8, Issue 1 (2017) – issues – Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Start counting down the days until CJRL's Volume 8.2 drops, but while you're at it check out CJRL's Volume 8.1 with articles on workforce access and licensing for non-citizens, sanctuary campuses, police excessive use of force and the Rothe case dealing with anti-classification and race-neutral means! https://cjrl.columbia.edu/issues/vol8-issue1/

Professional Licensing and Teacher Certification for Non-Citizens: Federalism, Equal Protection And A State’s Socio-Economic Interests Janet M. Calvo

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law just received a mention on the Constitutional Law Professors Blog for our work with...
04/02/2018
Constitutional Law Prof Blog: Daily Read: Janet Calvo on DACA and State Professional Licensing

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law just received a mention on the Constitutional Law Professors Blog for our work with Professor Janet Calvo on her article on DACA and State Licensing! http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2018/03/daily-read-janet-calvo-on-daca-and-state-professional-licensing-.html

Who needs a professional license? In California, anyone wishing to be an accountant, acupuncturist, cosmetologist, court reporter, bedding salesperson, landscape architect, pharmacist, teacher, real estate agent, pest control operator, or teacher, among many others. Yet the type of immigration statu...

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Editorial Board is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Editorial Board. We are excite...
03/30/2017

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Editorial Board is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Editorial Board. We are excited to see the new heights to which they will take CJRL. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals:

02/14/2017
Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School

Professor Katherine Franke speaks with Sarah Geraghty, managing attorney for the Impact Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights, about debtors' prisons, privatized probation, and criminal fines. Watch the Facebook Live discussion.

Join us for the 23rd Annual Paul Robeson Conference on Friday, February 24th. This Conference, hosted in collaboration w...
02/12/2017
Columbia Law School Paul Robeson Conference

Join us for the 23rd Annual Paul Robeson Conference on Friday, February 24th. This Conference, hosted in collaboration with the Columbia Black Law Students Association, is titled "Reclaiming the Narrative." For more information, and to RSVP, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/columbia-law-school-paul-robeson-conference-tickets-31493476837

Columbia Law School Paul Robeson Gala and Conference Please save the date for the Paul Robeson Conference on Friday, February 24 hosted by the Columbia Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL). Our Keynote Addresses will be from Angela Rye an...

Missed our Fall Symposium? Click below for more information about the panels and to view the recording!
11/07/2016
Special Features – Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Missed our Fall Symposium? Click below for more information about the panels and to view the recording!

Special Features “Environmental Justice: What’s Race Got to Do With It?” The Symposium – View Recording October 19, 2016 In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and countless other injustices around the United States, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law (“CJRL”) sought…

10/19/2016
"Environmental Justice: What's Race Got to Do With It?" by Columbia Law School

Our fall symposium, "Environmental Justice: What's Race Got to Do With It?" is underway. If you were unable to join us on campus, please visit this site for a livestream:

Watch Columbia Law School's "Environmental Justice: What's Race Got to Do With It?" on Livestream.com. Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law, Columbia Law School and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, will provide opening remarks. "Planting the Roots of (In)Justice: Past Practices an...

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
10/18/2016

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

"Environmental Justice: What's Race Got to Do With It?"
Wednesday October 19, 2016; from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Registration information: http://goo.gl/l1CPa2
For more information, please contact: [email protected]

09/08/2016
The Columbia Journal of Race and Law announces the release of Volume 6, Issue 2 – Columbia Journal of Race and Law

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law announces the release of Volume 6, Issue 2 – Columbia Journal of Race and Law

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law announces the release of Volume 6, Issue 2 The Columbia Journal of Race and Law is excited to announce the publication of Volume 6, Issue 2! This issue includes the following Articles: Race, Death, and Justice: Capital Sentencing in Washington State, by Katherine...

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Editorial Board is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Editorial Board. We are excite...
07/17/2016

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Editorial Board is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Editorial Board. We are excited to see the new heights to which they will take CJRL. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals:

07/13/2016

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law is pleased to announce its 2L staff editors for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Please join us in congratulating the following new members:

Beulah Agbabiaka

Stefan Armstrong

Chloe Bootstaylor

Antonio Carrera

Hayley Farmer

Cristell Fortune

Matthew Friedrick

Ricardo Garza

Shane Grannum

Corben Green

Kelly Holloway

Zebulun Johnson

Elise Lopez

Natasha Newman

Romane Paul

Wendell Ramsey Jr.

Ignacio Saldana

Benjamin Sanchez

William Sharon

Rosa Saavedra Vanacore

“There’s no question that we’ve had a horrible history in voting rights as relates to African-Americans — we sho...
04/22/2016
Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

“There’s no question that we’ve had a horrible history in voting rights as relates to African-Americans — we should remedy it. We should do it as soon as we possibly can," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe used his executive power to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote, circumventing the Republican-run legislature.

Students hungry for information and BBQ join us for our "Preparing for EIP" event cosponsored with APALSA, BLSA, EWOC, a...
04/22/2016

Students hungry for information and BBQ join us for our "Preparing for EIP" event cosponsored with APALSA, BLSA, EWOC, and LaLSA. Thank you Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for sponsoring and answering our questions!

Good news for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law -- we were named an ExpressO Top 10 Law Review in the key discipline ...
04/18/2016

Good news for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law -- we were named an ExpressO Top 10 Law Review in the key discipline of Civil Rights!

Visit our table at Journal Day TODAY in front of JG 104 to learn more about the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and get...
04/11/2016

Visit our table at Journal Day TODAY in front of JG 104 to learn more about the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and get some candy!

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Editorial Board is pleased to announce the incoming 2016-2017 Editorial Board.  We ...
03/30/2016

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Editorial Board is pleased to announce the incoming 2016-2017 Editorial Board. We are excited to see the new heights to which they will take CJRL. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals:

Columbia Journal of Race and Law
03/16/2016

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