About the Michigan Journal of Race & Law

The Michigan Journal of Race & Law is a legal journal that serves as a forum for the exploration of issues relating to race and law. To that end, MJR&L publishes articles, notes, and essays on the cutting edge of civil rights scholarship from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives. MJR&L’s diversity is reflected by the authors with whom we collaborate, ranging from scholars and students to practitioners and social scientists.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MJR&L Seeks Scholarship Reflecting on the 2016 Election

UPDATE:  We are still accepting manuscripts for our 2016 election-themed publication, but we will consider all manuscripts regardless of whether they fit into our theme. If we extend an offer for publication, we will inform the author of which volume we believe the piece would be best suited for (i.e. either the themed Spring volume or the regular Winter volume). The MJR&L will transition boards at the end of the February, and authors are free to submit their pieces at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at emmaje@umich.edu.


Featured Blog Post: Civil Rights Enforcement in the Trump Era by Ali Boyd

In the wake of President Trump’s recent inauguration, millions of people across the world came out in protest of his rhetoric and policy agenda. The day after the inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington and sister-marches around the world demonstrated a widespread fear shared by millions that the rights of vulnerable Americans will be violated under President Trump’s administration. Civil rights could, of course, be curtailed through the legislative process, but often this takes time.  What is perhaps even more terrifying is the reality that the Trump administration could simply stop enforcing rights that are currently in place, a decision which could have immediate effect.

Featured Blog Post: Deterrence and Democracy: Election Law After Preclearance by Asma Husain

Without the deterrent effect of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 860 polling places in previously covered jurisdictions were closed within three years and new voter ID requirements proliferated. These changes, which would have had to be pre-approved under the VRA’s preclearance regime, could now be implemented without impediment. Although no reliable data yet exists comparing voter turnout and ballot accessibility in pre- and post-Shelby County presidential elections, what is clear is the message that striking down portions of the VRA sent.

Featured Blog Post: Betsy DeVos, School Choice, and the Resegregation of American Public Schools by Laura Page

The Senate confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos, the President’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was one of the most contentious and heated in recent history.  Critics contend that the billionaire Republican donor has no experience in public education—neither she nor her children attended public schools or borrowed a federal student loan, and she has no experience in education management. Proponents respond that her lack of experience and position as an outsider of the education establishment are precisely why she will be an effective Secretary of Education.