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.

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law has rescheduled its Volume 11 Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child ...
05/22/2021
Strengthened Bonds:

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law has rescheduled its Volume 11 Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being", for June 16–18. You can find the updated program at https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cjrl/announcement/view/376. Don't forget to register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfswnh0TsIzjadG9-58ukn9P3ckTN5aes3--Te4ISKURKgMqg/viewform!

Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law is excited to announce that Issue 1 of Volume 11 has been published on Westlaw and ...
03/04/2021
Vol. 11 No. 1 (2021) | Columbia Journal of Race and Law

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law is excited to announce that Issue 1 of Volume 11 has been published on Westlaw and LexisNexis! The issue contains two Articles and two student Notes. In "Uprooting Authoritarianism: Deconstructing the Stories Behind Narrow Identities and Building a Society of Belonging," john a. powell and Eloy Toppin, Jr. discuss the establishment of the Western metanarrative, and whiteness’s relation to it, and then advance a strategy to replace it with a more inclusive narrative of deep belonging, offering guidance to the social justice movement in its work toward this end. In "Racial Discrimination in Nationality Laws: A Doctrinal Blind Spot of International Law?," Michelle Foster and Timnah Rachel Baker undertake the first in-depth examination of the history, interpretation, and application of Article 1(3) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and its consistency with the jus cogens prohibition on racial discrimination. Then, in "Adopting the Cumulative Harm Framework to Address Second-Generation Discrimination," Nicolás Quaid Galván analyzes different methodologies of determining constitutional harm, and argues that one method—the "cumulative harm framework"—is necessary to combat second-generation discrimination. Lastly, in "Environmental Justice and Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment: Applying the Duty of Impartiality to Discriminatory Siting," Jacob Elkin argues that one public trust duty imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court under the state's Environmental Rights Amendment—the duty of impartiality—should prohibit state actors from continuing to site environmental hazards in communities that already bear disproportionate environmental burdens.

You can view the complete Issue and each individual piece at https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cjrl/issue/view/752.

In the leadup to our 11th Annual Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning ...
03/04/2021
Open Journal Systems | Columbia Journal of Race and Law

In the leadup to our 11th Annual Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being," we are publishing a series of blog posts on the topic of the event. You can view all of our published blog posts, including Shannan Wilber and Maribel Martínez's post, at https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cjrl/blog.

February 25, 2021 SupportOUT: Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth of Color in Their Homes, School, and Communities By Shannan Wilber and Maribel Martínez*   Research has documented that LGBTQ youth of color are significantly overrepresented in child welfare[1] and youth justice[2] systems. Onc...

Registration is now open for our 11th Annual Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-...
03/03/2021

Registration is now open for our 11th Annual Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being." Please click here to register for the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbyoJvAC14-uNEpMebAh5_7bKiwrC8LbKyD1EGGPM5189n1Q/viewform. You can view more information about the event here: https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cjrl/announcement/view/376. We hope you can make it!

Registration is now open for our 11th Annual Symposium, "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being." Please click here to register for the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbyoJvAC14-uNEpMebAh5_7bKiwrC8LbKyD1EGGPM5189n1Q/viewform. You can view more information about the event here: https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cjrl/announcement/view/376. We hope you can make it!

Save the date! CJRL will hold its 11th Annual Symposium on March 25-27. The Symposium, titled "Strengthened Bonds: Aboli...
02/04/2021
The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Announces Its Volume 11 Symposium | Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Save the date! CJRL will hold its 11th Annual Symposium on March 25-27. The Symposium, titled "Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being," commemorates the 20th anniversary of Professor Dorothy Roberts' groundbreaking book, "Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare." Please click here for more information, including a detailed program for the event: https://journals.library.columbia.edu/index.php/cjrl/announcement/view/376.

The Columbia Journal of Race and Law Announces Its Volume 11 Symposium Posted on Feb 4, 2021 The Columbia Journal of Race and Law is thrilled to announce its upcoming Volume 11 Symposium, Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being in collaboration wit...

Our 10th Annual Symposium, "How the Law Underdeveloped Racial Minorities in the United States," kicks off tonight at 5 p...
11/20/2020

Our 10th Annual Symposium, "How the Law Underdeveloped Racial Minorities in the United States," kicks off tonight at 5 pm eastern. We hope you can join us!

On November 20th and 21st, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law will hold its 10th Annual Symposium, titled "How the Law...
11/11/2020

On November 20th and 21st, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law will hold its 10th Annual Symposium, titled "How the Law Underdeveloped Racial Minorities in the United States." You can register for the event at https://bit.ly/37hp7Zw and find more information at cjrl.org. Registrants will also gain access to Bruce Orenstein's documentary, "The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern Day Racial Wealth Gap." We hope to see you there!

The Legacy of Slavery in the Struggle for Environmental JusticeProfessor Maeve Glass, Alexis Hoag, Practitioner-in-Resid...
11/12/2019

The Legacy of Slavery in the Struggle for Environmental Justice

Professor Maeve Glass, Alexis Hoag, Practitioner-in-Residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative, and Charles Callaway, Senior Community Organizer at WE ACT for Environmental Justice will examine the connections between American Slavery and contemporary issues of environmental justice using Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" as a starting point.

11/12/2019

LUNCH TODAY: The Legacy of Slavery in the Struggle for Environmental Justice

JG 105
12:10PM

Professor Maeve Glass, Alexis Hoag, Practitioner-in-Residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative, and Charles Callaway, Senior Community Organizer at WE ACT for Environmental Justice will examine the connections between American Slavery and contemporary issues of environmental justice using Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" as a starting point.

11/04/2019

CJAN Central Park Five Screening
TODAY (November 4th) | 7:30PM - JG107
Join CJAN to watch a documentary about the Central Park Five case in advance of one of the exonerated's lawyers coming on November 14th. Pizza, salad, and popcorn will be served!

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, q***r, 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

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