• The Hamline University Center for Justice and Law

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

     This year, our theme is Health, Justice, and the Law. With the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic and an international movement for racial justice, this moment calls for a radical reckoning of the depths of inequality in our country and around the world. We stand in solidarity with our community partners who have led the charge to declare racism as a public health crisis and are committing ourselves to an explicit commitment to anti-racist practice within the curation of all of our programming. Meet our staff and student coordinators below.

    Meet the 2020-2021 Center for Justice and Law staff and student coordinators.

    Center for Justice and Law staff and student coordinators.


    Meet Susi Keefe
    Associate Professor - Sociology; Director - Center for Justice and Law

    Susi Keefe
  • News

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    There is no bigger issue in Minnesota – or for that matter, the United States – than police reform. Now, a Hamline associate professor has an opportunity to have a significant say in how Minnesota law enforcement officers are trained.

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    When budget cuts due to the pandemic caused the Hamline University Mock Trial program to be suspended, students came up with a different plan and now the Pipers are heading to the opening round of the undergraduate mock trial championship series.

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    Criminal Justice Professor Jillian Peterson was interviewed by Jana Shortal about the mass shooter database that she has been building with 20 Hamline undergraduate students over the past year.

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    Criminal Justice Professor Jillian Peterson and Education Professor Letitia Basford presented on the Center for Justice and Law's (CJL) Summer of Justice events at the University of Washington, Tacoma.