2024 Summer Interns to Aid CRRJ Case Investigations, Reparations Research and Restorative Justice Efforts

This summer, Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic (CRRJ) the Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) and the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) will welcome 19 intern students from across…

University of Kentucky CRRJ Clinic welcomes third cohort of students

Following the success of last year’s pilot program, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law (CRRJ-KY) will be offered again this fall…

White Supremacy Upheld: Pierre Sylve, killed in 1934 gun-battle, descendants seek justice

The only photograph Michael Sylve remembers seeing of his grandfather, Pierre Euchere Sylve, was on his aunt’s dresser in her home in New Orleans, Louisiana. “He had a dress shirt on,” said Michael.…

Donated Bodies: CRRJ Director to co-direct new project, examining treatment of human remains

This summer, CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham is co-directing a project that seeks to evaluate the ethical concerns raised by the widespread U.S. practice of disposing of executed and deceased prisoners’ remains by donating…

Black Women Lead: CRRJ Director included in new art exhibition

A new exhibition centering Black female leaders at Roxbury’s Northeastern Crossing, features a portrait of CRRJ Director, Margaret Burnham, one of 12 women whose likenesses are currently on display. The exhibition, part of…

CRRJ students travel to New Orleans to investigate 1953 killing

At the end of April, four students from CRRJ’s 2024 Spring Clinic traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, a trip that signified the culmination of their clinical investigations. Isabella Ulm (NUSL ‘24), Morgan Heithcock…

Congratulations to CRRJ’s Class of 2024

We wish to extend a warm and well-deserved congratulations to all of the graduating students who participated in CRRJ’s Spring Clinic 2023-2024. Their work has been central to CRRJ’s accomplishments over the last…

15 new cases presented at students’ Spring Clinic Grand Rounds

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law, held their annual Spring Clinic Grand Rounds on April 23, 24 and 25, 2024. These afternoon sessions, held in Dockser Hall…

“Violence and Public Memory” discussion hosted by CRRJ

On April 3, 2024, CRRJ invited Martin Blatt, Northeastern Professor Emeritus and editor of the new collection, Violence and Public Memory, and volume contributor Maria John, Assistant Professor at UMass Boston, to discuss…

Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive presented to Black journalists at annual conference in Tulsa, OK

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) held their annual Region III conference in Tulsa, OK, April 12-13. Gina Nortonsmith, Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive’s project archivist, and Catherine McGloin, CRRJ’s Communication’s Specialist, presented the…

Pvt. Albert King receives full military service, 83 years after his murder

More than eight decades after he was shot and killed by a white military police officer outside Fort Benning, Georgia, Private Albert King was honored in a full military service, March 24, 2024.…

CRRJ Celebrates Black History Month by Centering Black Resistance

To mark Black History Month, CRRJ invited Professor Kellie Carter Jackson to present her new book, “We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance,” due to be published in June 2024.

How to memorialize lynching victims: Daughter shares family history with Washington Post, as CRRJ supports her pursuit for restorative justice

On May 8, 1954, Russell Charley’s three eldest sons — John, 16, Russell, 14, and Willie Lee, 12 — found their father’s castrated body hanging from a tree not far from their family…

CRRJ to aid City of Boston Reparations Task Force, researching Boston’s legacy of slavery

It was announced on January 24, 2024, that the City of Boston’s Task Force on Reparations has selected a Northeastern University School of Law team, led by CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham, to research…

University of Kentucky completes first CRRJ Clinic, based on Northeastern model 

As the inaugural Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law (UK Law) celebrated its conclusion December 5 — following months of preparation and support from CRRJ attorneys and historians — staff and faculty now turn their attention to securing the program’s future in 2024.

Historical Marker unveiled commemorating 1944 CRRJ case, first in NC. to use “Jim Crow”

On December 1, 2023, a North Carolina State Highway Historical Marker was unveiled in honor of Pfc. Booker T. Spicely, the first such marker in North Carolina that makes mention of the term…

Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive releases interactive map of Jim Crow era violence

In November 2023, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project’s archival team released a new map feature in the Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive. Months in the making by CRRJ’s dedicated archivists, historians, designers and…

University of Buffalo publishes profile on Burnham-Nobles archivist, Gina Nortonsmith

The Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, a record collection and database documenting racially motivated violence targeting African Americans in the Jim Crow South, was recently established, thanks in part to GSE alumna Gina Nortonsmith’s expertise, guidance and leadership.

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