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…

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…

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…

CRRJ Director Gives Talk at SXSW 2024

In Austin, at SXSW this March, Margaret Burnham joined with the Mississippi journalist Jerry Mitchell and Attorney Jill Collen Jefferson, the director of the Mississippi civil rights group, Julian, to discuss challenges facing…

Charlotte Mathews-Nelson, CRRJ colleague and lifelong NAACP activist, featured in Boston Globe profile for Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, The Boston Globe published a series of profiles on the living civil rights leaders named on the 1965 Freedom Plaza surrounding the Embrace sculpture on Boston Common. One…

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…

Former CRRJ Archivist published by New England Archivist, on building Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive

Earlier this January, former CRRJ archivist Gina Nortonsmith wrote an article that was published by New England Archivist (NEA), which details her work on the Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, including the processes used and…

CRRJ colleague, Charlotte Mathews-Nelson honored during Martin Luther King Day Celebration

In honor of this year’s Martin Luther King Day, Northeastern University hosted the annual “A Tribute to the Dream” event on Thursday, January 11, 2024, in which CRRJ’s esteemed colleague and program coordinator…

CRRJ Affiliate Angel Nieves dies Dec. 5, 2023

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project shares the sad news that Northeastern Professor Ángel David Nieves, a faculty affiliate of CRRJ, passed away December 5, 2023. Professor Nieves is perhaps best known…

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.

CLEAR responds to guilty plea in Tyre Nichols case

Dr. Deborah A. Jackson, Managing Director of the Center for Law, Equity and Race at Northeastern University School of Law, responds to guilty plea by ex-Memphis police officer, Desmond Mills Jr. in the case of Tyre Nichols, fatally injured by officers on January 7, 2023.

By Hands Now Known wins The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

CRRJ Director Professor Margaret Burnham has won The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, for her latest book, By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners. She received the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. hosted by the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Foundation, on October 26, 2023.

CRRJ Director on reckoning with ‘Lynch Law’ and rape charges

Professor Margaret Burnham has written an article for Arizona State University’s Zocalo Public Square, published October 25, 2023.

CRRJ Attorney Presents at Southern Clinical Conference 2023

On October 21, CRRJ attorney and Zitrin Fellow, Olivia Strange presented at this year’s Southern Clinical Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by Georgia State University College of Law, the conference ran October 20-22…

Professor Burnham gives book talk at the University of Kentucky

CRRJ Director gave a talk to students and faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences on September 26, 2023. She read from her book “By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners.”

CRRJ Director delivers keynote at NCCU Booker T. Spicely Symposium

Professor Margaret Burnham, CRRJ Director, delivered the keynote address at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law’s Private Booker T. Spicely Symposium on Friday, September 22, 2023. On July 8, 1944, Spicely was…

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