Northeastern Law Announces Center for Law, Equity and Race

On September 21, 2021 Northeastern University School of Law launched a new Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR), which will bring together the school’s pioneering programs and faculty— long engaged in theoretical and translational research, innovative pedagogy and collaborations with external communities — to address current challenges and provide solutions for the nation’s most complex social challenges. 

Two dynamic programs are at the core of the CLEAR’s work: the nationally recognized Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), led by Professor Margaret Burnham, and the highly regarded Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF), led by Professor Deborah Ramirez. As one of the law school’s four Centers of Excellence, CLEAR offers an interdisciplinary convening space for faculty and students across the university whose work addresses racial inequities and racism and who want to have an impact on these critical issues.

“Because of the law school’s longstanding commitment and pioneering work on racial justice, CLEAR is well poised to address today’s most vexing questions and create for the future a vibrant network of students, activists, policy leaders and professional researchers.” 

Professor Margaret Burnham
Co-Director of CLEAR and Director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

CLEAR’s projects have a common goal: to build from historical memory and work to address the racial injuries of the past through the use of law, teaching, techniques of restorative justice and community partnerships. CRRJ and CJTF share a methodological focus on law as it intersects with history and other disciplines, resulting in deeply interdisciplinary investigations of race, law and justice.

Read more about CLEAR here


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