Katherine Franke

My commitment: Bringing social justice into the law classroom

To teach future lawyers, we have to grapple with today's social justice movements in the classroom. This fall, with the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling on top of the non-indictments of police officers for shooting unarmed black men and women elsewhere, I believe we need to bring these urgent issues into the Law School.

Students in my course not only learn from books and articles—like many seminars at law schools—but also outside speakers who share how lawyers can support and inform racial justice movements. Students are also placed in racial justice organizations and discuss with the class what they learn from these experiences. I think these conversations are part of what it means to educate for justice.