Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic, in conjunction with the law school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), is nationally recognized for its investigative research and restorative justice approaches that have brought some measure of solace and recognition to families and communities in which lynchings and other harms occurred in the South between 1930 and 1970.

The clinic aims to deepen lawyering skills required for effective civil rights practice, including the identification and formulation of creative remedial approaches, teamwork and organizing ability. Students learn the dynamics of “cause lawyering” and how to integrate legal doctrine, practice and ethics. With a national docket of cases, students travel to consult with client communities and investigate cases.

CRRJ, founded by Professor Margaret Burnham, addresses harms resulting from the massive breakdown in law enforcement during the mid-20th century civil rights movement. Notably, CRRJ’s leadership led to a landmark lawsuit against Franklin County, Mississippi, filed on behalf of the families of two Black teens killed by Klansmen in 1964.

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