The Center for Access to Justice has created a list of resources related to incorporating discussions of race, culture and ethnicity into law classes. This racial justice resource list was compiled by the center’s assistant director, Darcy Meals, with support from Caambridge Horton (J.D. ’21) and law librarians Gerard Fowke, Pam Brannon and Meg Butler.
The resource list is geared towards law school faculty, helping them to incorporate and navigate conversations about race, equality and the justice system that are relevant to their course material.
“Law faculty are often race-avoidant in teaching would-be lawyers, despite the role race has played in the construction and maintenance of the legal system in the United States,” Meals said. “When race is absent from class discussions, that silence sends the message that the law is neutral and operates equally for all, when that is plainly not the lived experience for so many. My hope is that the resource list serves as a tool for faculty who are ready to facilitate these vital conversations across the curriculum.”
The list includes suggested law review articles, textbooks and other resources tailored for each first-year course subject along with general anti-racism materials.
“Although there are quite a few research guides out there focusing on racial justice, this particular resource is distinctive because it is specifically targeted at law faculty, which allows for a more curated selection of sources,” Fowke said. “We’ve also focused on finding open-access sources, in the hopes of making this list as accessible as possible.”
The resource list, which will be updated as feedback and suggestions are received, can be found here: https://libguides.law.gsu.edu/racialjusticeresources.