Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Emory Law Journal Call For Submissions: Systemic Racism In The Law & Anti-Racist Solutions

Emory Law Journal: Call for Submissions:

Emory Law JournalDear Scholars:
We write to you in troubling times, yet we are hopeful for a brighter future ahead. First, we hope that you are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. Second, we want to announce that the Emory Law Journal is calling for essay submissions for our forthcoming Special Issue: Systemic Racism in the Law & Anti-Racist Solutions. The Issue will be published in May 2021, with an accompanying remote symposium in March 2021.

In the wake of numerous police shootings of unarmed Black men and women, the murder of protesters, and the lack of justice for many of the perpetrators, a statement from ELJ will no longer suffice; to be an anti-racist Journal, we must act. Therefore, this spring, we will use our platform to elevate scholarship that seeks to facilitate racial justice and dismantle white supremacy by publishing a Special Issue and holding a remote symposium.

ELJ is looking for essays from 7,500 to 15,000 words that expose systemic racism in the law or propose anti-racist solutions to make the law more just. Emory’s Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Dorothy A. Brown will be writing the introduction to the Special Issue. We will accept abstracts as submissions, and if your essay is selected, you are not required to participate in the Symposium, but you will have a standing invitation to do so. We will accept essay submissions on a rolling basis. The deadlines for submission and publication are below:

  • Submissions Open: September 1st, 2020
  • Submissions Close: October 15th, 2020
  • Final Manuscript Due: December 15th, 2020
  • Tentative Publication Date: May 31st, 2021

To submit your essay, please email Sam Reilly and Michelle Tomkovicz.

ELJ is committed to being an anti-racist organization, both in our ranks and in our scholarship. This is just one part of that mission. We look forward to reading your essays and moving the conversation forward.

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Diane: "Is there no such thing as conservative anti-racism?"

No, there isn't. Conservatives can be non-racist. But anti-racism as defined by Ibram Kendi and other leftists is a particular ideology that is explicitly racist. THe meaning of these words matter. Conservatives today, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, wouldn't endorse such a belief system. Full stop.

Posted by: MM Classic | Sep 7, 2020 8:46:32 PM

They could lean on the ABA, state bars and legislatures, employers - particularly government - and their own school to do away with the costly, wasteful, and disparate-impact barrier of getting a bachelor's degree in nothing in particular (but preferably not anything too difficult, lest it jeopardize GPA) before one is even allowed to study to provide legal representation.

Other developed countries seem to do fine without it, IRC 7452 puts the tax profession ahead of the curve, and E.O. 13932, "Modernizing and Reforming the Assessment and Hiring of Federal Job Candidates," makes for a timely and eloquent essay on the general issue.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Sep 2, 2020 11:57:18 PM

LOL this sounds like it comes from a Chinese indoctrination camp

Posted by: Anon | Sep 2, 2020 1:55:13 PM

@Mike Perry --
But you misunderstand. The beauty of systemic racism on college campuses is that it relieves all individuals from responsibility. Of course, none of them is a racist! They are just operating in a racist system for which only history is responsible but against which everyone must fight.

Posted by: Mike Petrik | Sep 2, 2020 1:40:27 PM

To Anon - is it now your contention that a conservative cannot be "anti-racist"? Is there no such thing as conservative anti-racism? And I personally cannot help but fail to applaud someone who comments about transparency - anonymously.

Posted by: Diane Klein | Sep 2, 2020 10:27:42 AM

It's nice to see that law journals are leveraging this moment in history to transition from passively discriminating against conservative views to doing so openly. Someone with a paper with a conservative approach to improving race relations might be confused into thinking law journals might actually consider their material, but by adding "anti-racist" to the call for proposals, this journal has mercifully spared any conservative views from wasting their time and submission fees. While I cannot support such an obviously biased and narrow minded position, I can't help but applaud the degree of transparency and self awareness this approach demonstrates.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 1, 2020 8:00:23 PM

"that expose systemic racism in the law or propose anti-racist solutions"

Unfortunately, since the law as written is color blind, and the U.S. Constitution contains an Equal Protection clause, I wouldn't expect any substantive essays.

But I do see the anti-racist logic in terms of solutions: Since the law is colorblind and there is an Equal Protections clause, those things have to be rewritten so as to address racism legally.

And no bad consequences will ever come from that course of action.

Posted by: MM Classic | Sep 1, 2020 7:30:41 PM

If law faculties like that at Emory are still practicing systemic racism some sixty years after the Civil Rights movement, then it is time for more action more drastic than mere essay contests. Fire them!

Posted by: Mike Perry | Sep 1, 2020 4:05:10 PM

Emory continues its approach: if we mimic everything the Ivy League does, people will think we’re Ivy League, too

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Sep 1, 2020 2:33:35 AM