Center for Justice and Law

Center for Justice and Law

Current series: Environmental Justice and the Law

The Center's 2022-24 series focuses on the intersection of environmental and social justice with legal and policy matters. Please see our list of upcoming events focusing on this topic.

About the center

The Center for Justice and Law (CJL) works to advance justice by developing creative, concrete, and equitable solutions to legal issues and policy concerns. The center accomplishes its work by drawing on interdisciplinary synergies at Hamline to engage in: active collaboration with community partners, innovative teaching and professional development, transformative research opportunities, and public symposia bringing together local and national scholars, activists, and practitioners. 

The center accomplishes its work by drawing on interdisciplinary synergies at Hamline to engage in the following:

  • Active collaboration with community partners in finding solutions to contemporary problems and critical issues. Our current partners include the Minnesota Innocence Project, Minnesota Justice Foundation, Inside-Out Prison Exchange, World Without Genocide, and the Mediation Center.
  • Innovative teaching and professional development that draws on a broad array of disciplines to provide high-impact educational experiences and connects students with community partners and pre-professional opportunities, including the Inside-Out Prison Exchange, Hamline J-term and May-term courses, CLE, CEU, and training.
  • Transformative research and support of collaborative projects, including community-based, student, applied research, and high-impact research.
  • Public symposia that bring together national and local scholars and advocates.

These synergies are rooted in collaborative Hamline academic programs that include:

Collaborate with the Center for Justice and Law

Co-Sponsoring an event: from making sure your program knows about an event to lending time from faculty or student workers to plan or host an event, we're happy to work with other programs on topics and events of common interest. We would love as many programs involved with what we do as possible -- if you have funding or time to co-sponsor a talk or panel or field trip, or an idea of something you'd like to see happen that you need us to carry out, please let us know. Contact us at

Building an event: Have a great idea for an event and need help making it happen? We would be happy to help collaborate and using our resources to build it and spread the word. Contact us at

Donate to the Center for Justice and Law

Want to donate to the CJL? Visit our university giving and donations site and specify that you would like to donate to the Center for Justice and Law in the designation line.

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