The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives

Issue 14.1

Call for Submissions

The Issue

Spring 2020 saw thousands of Americans pouring out into the streets, weeks of unprecedented civil rebellion, and an impassioned chorus of voices calling for change. In conjunction with the COVID-19 crisis, this eruption challenged the structure of the American legal system around police and prison abolition, equity within an intersectional framework, and foundational change. Following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far too many others, we began to ask ourselves questions about racialized policing. When did the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color become so broken? Has it always been this way? What are the roots of the casual disregard for Black life? Were police always an indispensable part of the infrastructure of racial subordination? How do our legal and political systems function to allow — or endorse — the status quo of violence, unaccountability, and bias? What, if anything, comes next?

We invite authors to engage with these questions and others that arise from this powerful moment of change. While it goes without saying that Traditional legal scholarship in the form of Articles and Notes will constitute a substantial part of this Issue. We invite a wide variety of contributions, so long as they engage with Critical Race Theory (CRT). Exceptional essays (including those from non-legal fields), comments, poems, interviews, and reactions will be considered.

Submissions and questions may be directed to lawmcrp@georgetown.edu, or the Journal’s submissions pages on Scholastica and/or ExpressO.

Deadline for submissions: 11:59PM on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

The Symposium

Contributors to our issues of the past three years will feature prominently in a virtual symposium entitled “What is Critical Race Theory?” on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

Embracing the growing mainstream interest in Critical Race Theory (CRT), the proposed symposium will bring together authors who can offer insight into the nature and impact of CRT, including and beyond legal discourse. In keeping with the trend of virtual learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Symposium will be hosted entirely on Zoom. The events featured will include a speech by a leading scholar, a conversation event taking a deep dive into a particular intersectional junction of CRT, and a panel discussion about the its far-reaching impacts. All events will feature a Q&A portion where questions from the audience are welcome.

MCRP would like to take this opportunity to make CRT more accessible to those who might not have been exposed to it, or may not even go to law school. We hope to offer resources to those who may have heard about Critical Race Theory in the news, so that they might acquire some firsthand knowledge of the field and what it has to offer. Any and all thoughts related to this effort will be much appreciated, and should be directed to Administrative Editor Mirabella Nwaka at mnn21@georgetown.edu.

 

Submissions Guidance

The Georgetown Law Journal of Modern and Critical Race Perspectives (MCRP) is dedicated to legal scholarship on race and identity. We seek to elevate and connect scholarship and activism, and we provide the following guidance for you to consider when submitting your piece to our journal.

We are a journal of critical race theory. We seek to investigate the relationships between racism, race, power, and the law. Submissions to our journal should be relevant to our focus. We know that all disciplines are connected, and we know that critical race theory overlaps substantially with the social and political sciences. But we seek legal scholarship, not just racism-focused scholarship more generally.

We are looking for works that advance the field of critical race theory and are not wedded to particular lengths of scholarship. We are not focusing on shorter submissions that merely restate existing scholarship—nor we are not looking to publish works that are better suited for publication as books.

Many topics are worthy of—and in need for—critical race scholarship, and we welcome a wide array of topics that fall under this umbrella. But we are looking for works of scholarship that coherently convey their central theses without the need for substantial substantive modification by our production process.

We will engage in a rigorous production process for all pieces that we accept for publication, but we are looking for submissions that are ready for publication. The closer a piece is to being publication-ready, the more effectively we can focus on reviewing and polishing its substance instead of its form.

Both article and student note submissions should adhere to the following technical criteria: MS Word format; double-spaced text (twelve-point Times New Roman font); single-spaced footnotes (ten-point Times New Roman font); one-inch margins all around; and Bluebook (Twenty-First Edition) citation format.

Article Submissions

To submit electronically, please email your submission to lawmcrp@georgetown.edu or submit it via Scholastica or ExpressO. To submit by mail, please send a hard copy of your submission to:

Submissions Editor
Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Student Notes Submissions

The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives is excited to offer the opportunity for students to enter an academic dialogue with leaders in the field of Critical Race Theory. MCRP welcomes submissions from students from Georgetown Law and other schools.

Submissions should be emailed to lawmcrp@georgetown.edu with attention to Student Notes Editor. Please include  the title of the article in the subject line. The body of the e-mail should include your name, phone number, and mailing address.

Expedited Review

If your submission has been offered publication with another journal, we will make every effort to comply with a request for expedited review.

To request an expedited review, please email lawmcrp@georgetown.edu and include the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Title of the article
  • The journal that has accepted the article
  • Your deadline

To facilitate the review process, we request that you attach an electronic copy of your article to the email request for expedited review.