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Nationally-known scholars at Georgetown Law produce scholarship, organize conferences and other forums, and teach an array of courses that advance the national conversation on issues of race and law. Faculty scholarship covers the subject of race and law as it appears in criminal justice, poverty law, education law, and community development. Faculty scholarship receives frequent attention in the academic and popular media and has been recognized by organizations such as the American Bar Association and the New York Times Book Review. 

Students have numerous opportunities to study and work alongside expert scholars and attorneys on race-related issues at the local and national levels. Among Georgetown Law’s clinical programs, the Institute for Public Representation’s civil rights projects involve racially-based employment discrimination lawsuits that require extensive legal research and writing. The Community Justice Project actively engages in debates about criminal justice and the treatment of people of color, allowing students to directly represent clients and act as advocates for organizations and community groups.    

The Georgetown Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives (MCRP) is one of the few law journals in the country dedicated to legal scholarship on race and identity. The journal is grounded in critical race theory and provides a forum for scholarship by academics, students, and practitioners who are committed to racial justice and offers a rigorous editorial experience for students with the same goal. MCRP also hosts symposia that engage leading scholars and practitioners in lively debate through the lens of modern critical race theorists.

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Faculty:

Paul Butler Profile
Paul Butler
Sheryll Cashin Profile
Sheryll Cashin
Emma Jordan Profile
Emma Jordan
Gary Peller Profile
Gary Peller
Girardeau Spann Profile
Girardeau Spann
Jamillah Williams Profile
Jamillah Williams
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Curriculum

Civil Rights
Education Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Race and American Law
Race, Gender and Criminal Law Seminar
Race, Inequality, and Justice Seminar
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Scholarship

  • Gary Peller, Privilege, 104 Geo. L.J. 883-920 (2016).    [W]
  • Paul Butler, Hudson v. Michigan: The No-Knock Rule, The Nation, Oct. 12, 2015, at 14-15.   
  • Gary Peller, Legal Education and the Legitimation of Racial Power, 65 J. Legal Educ. 405-413 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
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Faculty in the News

"The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go," an opinion piece by Professor Paul Butler, in The Nation, October 11, 2017.

"Justice System Targets Black Men, Ex-Prosecutor Tells Baltimore Audience," coverage by Maryland Matters, October 5, 2017, featuring Professor Paul Butler and a discussion of his book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men.

"What can we learn from the history of interracial relationships in America? (podcast)," a podcast by ABA Journal, October 4, 2017, with Professor Sheryll Cashin.

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