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Established in 2010 as the official journal of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s Law School – and building on the rich history of our predecessor, the Journal of Legal Commentary – we are committed to publishing high-quality scholarship and hosting innovative symposia on issues of social, racial and economic justice.

The Journal publishes four issues each year, culling submissions from scholars and students on a range of racial, social and economic justice topics, including:

  • Child advocacy
  • Foster care
  • Criminal justice
  • National security

Each year, JCRED also presents a symposium at the Law School featuring some of the most respected scholars and professionals in a given field. Past symposia have addressed legally significant social justice issues, including:

  • Environmental racism
  • Domestic violence
  • Race and gender issues in the 2008 presidential election
  • The economic downturn’s impact on New York City’s economy

As a  student-run publication, we take tremendous pride in the opportunities we offer students to engage with leading scholars, attorneys and professionals in the field on cutting-edge topics. Through their involvement with the Journal, students develop valuable research, writing and analytical skills that enhance their classroom learning and facilitate their work in the legal profession.

Journal members participate in a series of research and writing workshops, which culminate in a comprehensive research paper of publishable quality addressing a current legal issue in racial, social or economic justice. Our Second-year staff members can augment their Journal experience by participating in Perspectives on Justice, a course on analyzing racial, social and economic justice issues from a legal, historical and theoretical perspective.