"The Critical Race Theory Reading Group served as the birthplace for the
Michigan Journal of Race & Law. It has served as a prime forum for
Journal members to discuss a host of race-related issues. During Fall 2010, 8 to 10
Journal members had regular discussions relating to the work of various renowned critical race theorists. The revitalization and success of the CRT Reading Group was greatly important to me and to all of our
Journal members as it is our way of paying homage to our
Journal's founders and the great work of critical race scholars, without whom our
Journal would not exist."
—Rachel A. Wilson, '11, Editor-in-Chief,
Michigan Journal of Race & Law
Michigan Journal of Race & Law sponsors a Critical Race Theory (CRT) Reading Group that chooses, reads, and discusses articles concerning the treatment of race in legal discourse. A number of years ago, students formed the Minority Scholarship Reading Group to fill a perceived gap in the Law School curriculum. Since that time, this reading group has expanded into both the
Michigan Journal of Race & Law and the CRT Reading Group. Most readings and discussions deal with contemporary issues stemming from the intersection of race and law. For example, the CRT Reading Group has recently read and discussed articles voicing a critical perspective on issues such as affirmative action, environmental racism, and critical race theory generally. Reading Group members are actively involved in picking topics and readings for each session. The CRT Reading Group is an invaluable component of legal and social education. All students and community members are invited and encouraged to join.
The Interdisciplinary Reading Group on Empire, Colonialism, and Law pulls students from approximately 15 departments and programs at the University of Michigan to interrogate the intersections between the law and the structures of exclusion, extraction, violence, and control typical of colonialism and empire. The wide range of academic disciplines, geographic and temporal fields, and research interests and methodologies represented in the group are given a productive focus via a shared commitment to a careful dissection of the structures and dynamics of colonial and imperial legal systems, and the effects of a colonial and imperial past in structuring "non-colonial" legal institutions. The diversity of disciplinary and analytical methodology enhances each member's approach to his/her dissertation source materials and theoretical structures, class work, and academic/professional activism. At our organizational meeting in October the group decided to hold reading sessions on the following topics: transnational legal activism, sovereignty, human rights, international public law, law and social transformations, critical race theory, citizenship law, international financial and corporate law, transnational corruption, and cultural critiques of law and empire. Professor Rebecca J. Scott is among the faculty sponsors of the reading group, which is funded by the Rackham Graduate School.
The Legal History Consortium was organized to advance the work of early career scholars, including assistant professors and J.D. and Ph.D. students. Through an annual conference, the Consortium generates exchange and debate through dialogues between emerging scholars and senior legal historians. The Consortium includes Michigan Law School, the University of Illinois Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, in collaboration with the American Society for Legal History. The Consortium's first conference, "Ab Initio: Law in Early America," was hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School in June 2010. The 2011 conference,
"'We Must First Take Account': A Conference on Race, Law, and History in the Americas," was held at Michigan Law School on April 1-2.
American Society for Legal History is dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching, and study concerning the law and institutions of all legal systems, both Anglo-American and those that do not operate in the Anglo-American tradition. Founded in 1956, the Society sponsors the
Law and History Review and
Studies in Legal History, an annual conference, and H-Law, on online discussion network.
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