The Inaugural Director of the Center on Race, Law, and Justice at Fordham University

LenhardtThe Fordham University School of Law in New York City has announced the establishment of the Center on Race, Law and Justice. The center will function as an incubator and a platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship on race, structural inequality, and racial justice tools grounded in critical analyses, comparative inquiry, and innovative methodologies.

The new center is directed by Robin A. Lenhardt, a professor at the law school. She has been on the faculty at the law school since 2004. Professor Lenhardt is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and Harvard Law School. She also holds a master of public administration degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in law from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

The center will not only explore the deployment of the law as a solution for racial inequity but also seek to address through original research and analysis how it simultaneously functions as the architect of such inequality in ways that strip minorities of opportunity, dignity, and belonging, Lenhardt explained.

The center’s mission, Professor Lenhardt continued, is to explore issues of race and inequality in both the domestic and global contexts and to promote conversations about access, opportunity, and discrimination at Fordham University and in the legal profession more broadly.


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