It seems fitting that a lawyer who litigated for the future of civil rights in the U.S. should now be working to remedy civil rights injustices of the past. Margaret A. Burnham, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, founded and directs the school’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, which engages students in investigating every racial killing in the Jim Crow South from 1930 through 1970. The program’s goal is to work with victims’ families and communities to bring these cases to a just close. “We want to draw current meaning from this legacy of racial violence, which often involved local officials and the police,” Burnham said.
Nora Ali, a 3L at Cornell Law School, knows the value of finding the right fit in a law school. Not because Cornell helped her secure an interview with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, the prestigious firm where she will be working after graduation. But because after a near disastrous first semester, Cornell enabled her to marshal her intelligence and abilities, and reverse the fall.
The cold and snow of Colorado made Kellie Manders, a 3L at Arizona State’s college of law, yearn for Arizona’s sun and warmth. But it was ASU’s distinctive Center for Law, Science and Innovation that sealed her law school choice. It’s now kick-started her career.
Before becoming dean of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, Daniel F. Attridge spent more than 32 years as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a major international firm, including 14 years as managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office. That experienced grounded him in the management skills that a dean needs to deal with students, faculty, staff and alumni along with university administrators.
A partnership at the University of California-Davis between a student center and the law school’s immigration clinic, one that’s the first of its kind in the University of California system, will provide free legal services to undocumented students and their families. The law school is simultaneously developing an initiative for its immigration clinic to provide such services to schools in the University of California system that don’t offer law degrees.