Hamline News

Center for Justice and Law Official Ribbon Cutting


Hamline University's new Center for Justice and Law (CJL) hosted its official ribbon cutting and open house event at its space in West Hall on Hamline's Saint Paul campus. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members came together to celebrate the bright future of the CJL, and the role it will play at Hamline and in the Twin Cities.

The goal of the Center for Justice and Law is to advance justice by developing equitable solutions to legal issues and policy concerns. It is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty members all dedicated to different facets of equity and justice. The Center hosts public symposia on critical issues, creates high impact learning experiences for students, and conducts transformative research on a spectrum of issues. It has already become active part of the community by collaborating with partners like Minnesota Innocence Project, Inside-Out Prison Exchange, World Without Genocide, and more.

The evening began with an welcome from Mael Embser Herbert, the director of the CJL. Student Conner Suddick addressed the audience to talk about how the CJL has been important for his personal growth as a student at Hamline. Hamline University President Fayneese Miller then spoke to the audience about the importance of the work the Center will do. Newly re-elected Minnesota Associate Justice Natalie Hudson offered the keynote address, speaking on the continuing importance of social justice work in our communities.

Along with the celebration of the CJL, Professor Leondra Hanson recognized a longstanding supporter of the Center, Hamline University Trustee, Gwen Lerner. As an alumna of the (now former) Hamline University School of Law in 1978, Lerner had dedicated much of her life to social justice through co-founding the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. As a trustee of Hamline, Lerner as shown unwavering support for the Center, and the values it represents.