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Bringing justice, and closure, in civil rights cold cases

Leg­is­la­tion signed last month by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama per­ma­nently extended fed­eral author­i­ties’ oppor­tu­nity to pursue civil rights cold cases. Law pro­fessor Mar­garet Burnham says the reau­tho­riza­tion bill’s pas­sage “makes it clear that this is a national priority.”


Law professor Margaret Burnham named Carnegie Fellow

Burnham founded Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice Project, and her fel­low­ship will sup­port the devel­op­ment of the project’s archive.

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Northeastern to host screening of Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

The film—which reex­am­ines the ground­breaking doc­u­men­tary Eyes on the Prize from the view­point of civil rights activists past and present—will be screened on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Cabral Center. It will be fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion with Mar­garet Burnham and Sarah Jackson, two North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers involved in social change.


Commemoration for a purpose’

Law pro­fessor Mar­garet Burnham high­lighted the ground­breaking work of Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice project on Friday morning at the Asso­ci­a­tion for Black Cul­ture Cen­ters’ 25th annual con­fer­ence in Boston.

11/06/15 - BOSTON, MA. - Margaret Burnham speaks at the Regency Hotel in Boston on Oct. 6, 2015. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

3Qs: Law professor remembers civil rights icon

Civil rights activist Julian Bond, who co-​​​​founded the Stu­dent Non­vi­o­lent Coor­di­nating Com­mittee and served as chairman of the NAACP for 22 years, died on Sat­urday at the age of 75. An […]


We are all hurt’

The North­eastern com­mu­nity gath­ered Tuesday night at the Fenway Center to remember—through poems and music—the nine vic­tims of last week’s Charleston church shooting.

In Memory of the Charleston Victims: An Evening of Poetry and Music

Mass. AG to law graduates: Your education ‘belongs to our whole community’

At Com­mence­ment, Mass­a­chu­setts Attorney Gen­eral Maura Healey, L’98, urged the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law’s newest grad­u­ates to believe in them­selves, embrace uncer­tainty, and remember that their edu­ca­tion belongs just as much to the entire com­mu­nity as it does to themselves.

2015 School of Law Commencement

The storytelling and popularity of Serial

The true crime pod­cast from This Amer­ican Life “takes us back to one of the most basic tenets of sto­ry­telling: sus­pense,” says jour­nalist Dina Kraft, asso­ciate pro­gram coor­di­nator of Northeastern’s Media Inno­va­tion program.


Law graduates encouraged to embrace life’s callings

North­eastern University’s School of Law cel­e­brated the more than 240 grad­u­ates in the Class of 2014 at com­mence­ment on Friday at Matthews Arena.


Law professor honored as ‘Living Legend’

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity law pro­fessor Mar­garet Burnham was rec­og­nized by the Museum of African Amer­ican His­tory for her work as a civil rights lawyer, edu­cator, and activist, as well as for being the first African Amer­ican woman to serve in the Mass­a­chu­setts judiciary.

Northeastern University School of Law Faculty and Students in Cl

Mandela’s life, local ties celebrated

Civic leaders, activists, and human­i­tar­ians con­vened in the Blackman Audi­to­rium on Thursday after­noon to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Man­dela, the former South African pres­i­dent and anti-​​apartheid icon who passed away last month.


Remembering Nelson Mandela

North­eastern fac­ulty experts weigh in on Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

Nelson Mandela

3Qs: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and social justice

Mar­garet Burnham, a law pro­fessor and founder of Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice Project, exam­ines the fallout from this weekend’s not guilty ver­dict in Zim­merman trial.

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3Qs: Debating the impact of ‘stand your ground’ laws

The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-​​appointed com­mu­nity watch cap­tain George Zim­merman in Florida, has sparked a tur­bu­lent nation­wide dia­logue on race and so-​​called “stand your ground” laws, which autho­rize the use of lethal force in cases of self-​​defense. On Tuesday, law pro­fessor Deb­orah Ramirez spoke at a panel con­vened by Con­gres­sional Democ­rats to address the case.


3Qs: Illuminating the African-​​American experience

This after­noon, Pulitzer Prize-​​winning author Isabel Wilk­erson will give a lec­ture at Northeastern’s School of Law enti­tled “Voices from the Black Migra­tion.” The event is spon­sored by the Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice (CRRJ) Project, and is part of a day of pro­gram­ming in which North­eastern will cel­e­brate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We asked law pro­fessor Mar­garet Burnham, who founded CCRJ, to explain both the sig­nif­i­cance of Wilkerson’s visit and stu­dents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the project.

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Reopening cold-​​case files of racial injustice

Law-​​school researchers dis­cover that land-​​ownership by blacks often served as a deadly trigger during the civil rights era.

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Justice served in ’60s civil rights case

North­eastern law pro­fessor and stu­dents win set­tle­ment in civil suit over 1964 killing of black teenagers in Mississippi

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


The Death Penalty in East Africa: Law, Politics and Transnational Advocacy

Human Rights NGOs in East Africa: Defining the Challenges (2007)


The Missing Civil Rights Murders: Justice Delayed in Mississippi

Jurist Legal News and Research, June 11, 2007.


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