The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law brings together lawmakers, lawyers, activists, researchers, journalists and the families of victims of racial homicides to study and redress the systemic failures of the mid-twentieth century criminal justice system. We engage in a form of legal archeology: recovering documents lost to history, examining the fault lines of each case, and conceptualizing continuities over time. Our students interview witnesses and family members, document their memories, and share official accounts of the events. We design remedial projects – including legal measures – that respond to the interests and aspirations of communities. CRRJ maintains the most comprehensive archive on racial homicides in the country, comprising records of federal, state and local law enforcement, civil rights groups, and state and federal courts, images and recorded histories. This year we partnered with archival and media experts to preserve our growing collection and render it accessible to researchers and the general public.
In 2015 we expanded our caseload, partnered for a second year with Southern University Law Center, developed fruitful academic initiatives with the School of Journalism and Library at Northeastern, and continued our work with Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Together with the School of Journalism, the Library, and NU Law Lab we won a grant to to develop a digital CRRJ.
And with the generous assistance of NUSL alumna Elizabeth Zitrin we established the Zitrin CRRJ Fellowship to support the participation in CRRJ’s program of a lawyer pursuing social justice lawyering and teaching.
Read CRRJ’s Full 2015 Year End Report.