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Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic

What can lawyers do?

The Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic (previously Race and Justice Clinic) will examine and practice methods that lawyers use to respond to social problems.  

In the 2013-14 academic year, the clinic will respond to the systemic issues that have resulted in an increasingly disproportionate number of minority youth being excluded from school and pushed into the juvenile justice system. 

  • Locking youth up:  In King County, African American youth are 9 times as likely as white youth to be confined in detention or a youth prison.  
  • Educational Equity:  Currently, 5 school districts in Washington (including the Seattle School District) are being investigated by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights for discriminatory practices related to school discipline and treatment of English Language Learners.

The Race and Justice Clinic will address race in the justice system through multi-forum advocacy focusing on disparities for youth of color in the juvenile justice and education systems. . We will work together to choose our intervention points:

  • representing youth directly
  • providing community education
  • conducting empirical research
  • exploring policy change and impact litigation.

Examples of past projects include: Partnering with a youth organization to draft Police in Schools:  Student Perceptions of School Resource Officers and drafting an Amicus brief filed in the Washington Supreme Court; representing youth in probation violation, sentencing and school discipline hearings; conducting focus groups with youth who were previously incarcerated; educating youth in detention and attending school board and community meetings.

Race and Justice Clinic in the News


Mission Statement

The Race and Justice Clinic works to disrupt the systemic overrepresentation of youth of color in school discipline and the juvenile justice system by empowering youth and their support networks through community education and direct representation.

Faculty Profiles

Last updated 5/5/2014