Harvard Law School’s Systemic Justice Project, directed by Jon Hanson, and Howard University Law School’s Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, led by Justin Hansford, are continuing their partnership to bring back the Justice Initiative for the 2022-2023 academic year to reimagine legal education and build a justice-centered legal community. Joined by Enumale M. Agada (Oversight Counsel U.S. House of Representatives and Senior Advisor to House Office of Diversity and Inclusion), the Justice Initiative will host an information session on September 17, 2022.
The Justice Initiative – held over eleven Saturday sessions throughout the school year, includes panel discussions, substantive presentations, artistic performances, and community-building. It also includes robust mentoring and career advising components to help ensure that members have the guidance and support they need to become justice-oriented lawyers. Led by Tiffanny Smith and Alexa Shabecoff, over 100 mentors, dozens of panelists offering expertise in different models of lawyering, and public interest advisors from law schools around the U.S., including Harvard and Howard, have contributed to the cause.
Participation is free and remote (with some regional opportunities to connect in person). Although aimed at those engaged in the study or field of law, any student, activist, organizer, administrator, or policymaker committed to contributing to a justice-centered community is welcome to apply. All student members are expected to attend at least eight of the eleven three-hour online Saturday sessions, starting on October 1, 2022, and continuing into April 2023.