Creating a more just society
The U of M Law School’s new Racial Justice Law Clinic will tackle discriminatory practices and fight for individuals and communities facing race-based oppression through the law, creating a new generation of lawyers who are prepared to advocate for justice and change.
Building a better world Creating a more just society
People and organizations continue to advocate for justice and change in Minnesota, confronting stark racial inequalities and persistent violence against communities of color. A new legal clinic at the University of Minnesota Law School (Minnesota Law) aims to target systemic racial inequalities and discrimination while training future lawyers in this critical work.
The Racial Justice Law Clinic officially launches this fall, serving as an avenue for law students and faculty to tackle discriminatory practices and fight for individuals and communities facing race-based oppression. The clinic will be headed by Liliana Zaragoza, a newly appointed associate clinical professor of law who most recently worked as an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The clinic will aim to make a difference in key social justice areas including
Criminal legal system
The clinic’s initial work will involve meeting with community groups, community organizers, nonprofits, lawyers, and other leaders in the Twin Cities to learn about their priorities and how to work together to address them. Through this outreach, clinic faculty, law students, and community members will develop a docket of cases to pursue.
“There are a lot of similar disparities and systemic gaps and issues of disinvestment in Minneapolis and St. Louis,” says Chin. “I am excited to get to know and get connected with some of the movement work that's happening in the Twin Cities.”