Social Justice Law Center

Social Justice Law Center

The Social Justice Law Center is dedicated to addressing the inequities in our legal system, hosting a pair of endowed lectures - The Dr. Maya Angelou—Professor Calvin Sharpe Interdisciplinary Lecture and the C.B. King Lecture.

We have a long history of leadership in social justice, with notable alumni including famed civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, who represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Gray continues to be a frequent visitor to the law school, inspiring generations of our students to follow in his footsteps.   

We provide students interested in this area with Stephanie Tubbs Jones public interest law scholarships, named for our alum who was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from Ohio. 

With funding from the Fox Family Foundation and the Biskind Endowment, the Social Justice Law Center provides stipends for summer and semester-long public interest law internships and externships to launch students’ careers in social justice while also providing impactful research opportunities to the dozen Stephanie Tubbs Jones Scholars in each class.

From our Immigration Law Clinic to our Human Trafficking Project, from our Reproductive Rights Lab to our newly endowed Burke Center for Environmental Law, we provide students a wide range of hands-on experience in the area of social justice. 

Reflecting our strength in this area, PreLaw Magazine, a publication of National Jurist, recently ranked Case Western Reserve University Law School the ninth-best law school in the nation for public interest law.