The “School-to-Prison Pipeline”  has been crucial concern of parents, educators, ministers, civil rights activist, lawyers and youth advocates for a number of years. Recently, it has become a major concern of the general public across our country due in large part to the spiraling statistics and the negative impact on  children of color. Some advocates have defined the problem as as systematic way of syphoning children out of the public schools and funneling them into the juvenile and criminal justice system. A number of civil rights lawyers regard the journey from " school -to-prison, " as a critical civil rights issue.

Town hall forums will bring together the experts who have developed programs and projects; advocates from diverse backgrouds who are working toward solutions to this devasting issue as well as those who have a plan of action to recommend to those who are concerned.  These town hall forums will be open to parents, youth, lawyers, judges, educators, administrators, advocates and the public.

National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws - Report and Recommendations

The Complimentary National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws - Report and Recommendations is available .  To order contact COREJ Program Assistant Sharris Davis at or (312) 988-5409

COREJ co-sponsored “Combating Foreclosures and Mortgage Crisis in Communities of Color.” This project was an outgrowth of the 10CORE Project at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and consisted of a series of educational panels in key cities that have some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, especially in communities of color.

The primary goals of the Foreclosure & Mortgage Crisis Program were to:

  1. provide pro bono assistance to individuals and communities that are in the throes of the challenges of foreclosures and the mortgage crisis;

  2. educate the legal community and communities of color regarding strategies and resources that are available to help save homes from foreclosure; and

  3. train, educate and recruit law students and young lawyers to provide pro bono assistance to communities of color that have been plagued by foreclosures and the mortgage crisis.

Digital Justice Initiative

The ABA Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice (COREJ) launched a new project during the 2017 bar year titled the " Digital Justice Initiative: Police & Communities of Color Building Alliances."  After a series of high-profile fatal shootings and killings of African-American men by police officers eroded the public confidence in the police, particulary in communities of color, the entire country was confounded by the lack of solutions to resolve the problems through traditional means i.e. studies, meetings, conferences and public forums.

COREJ's project brings together communities of color, the legal sector, law enforcement and the techniology and innovation industry from a new perspective to resolve the conflicts between communities of color and law enforcement through technology.  The centerpiece of the project are social justice Hackathons or " ABA JusticeHack."  Please click on the attached link to review the latest Report on the success of the Hackathons. Read more here.

The Election Protection Project

Through this joint collaboration with the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law and several ABA Sections and Divisions the Coalition was able to identify volunteer lawyers and students; develop education materials; plan CLE training programs for volunteers; and assist in publicizing programs.

“Making the Invisible Visible: A Dialogue About Lessons Learned In the Aftermath of Katrina”

The Coalition brought together approximately 200 judges, lawyers and their clients, health care workers, social workers, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, high school, college and law students, community groups, religious organizations, public and private leaders, survivors, responders and others who have devoted time to assisting victims of Katrina.

The Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (COREJ) offers a number of sponsorship opportunities. When we invest our resources to educate lawyers, judges, bar associations and our communities we can design substantive programs focused on social justice issues and eliminating racial/ethnic bias in the justice system.

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