Network for Justice

In the late 1940s and 1950s, African Americans launched a campaign that would transform civil rights in America. At the core of this effort was Howard University School of Law, which played a seminal part in training the lawyers who would lead the movement, developing strategies for a civil rights campaign in the courts, and monitoring the progress that was being made. Howard was able to play this role in the quest for equality because it attracted the best and the brightest black youth and scholars from around the country. Today, as our nation confronts levels of inequality unprecedented since the Gilded Age, we find ourselves at the precipice of a new civil rights moment. Yet, as we experience a new era of civil rights, there are few spaces that cultivate this type of legal and legislative leadership. The lack of any law school that can play this role is a special burden for the emerging Latino population, which is projected to account for nearly one out of three people in America by 2050.