Publications

Driving While Black and Latinx: Stops, Fines, Fees, and Unjust Debts (February 2020)

A report by the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School (NYLS) that found that New Yorkers of color are disproportionately stopped, ticketed, arrested, charged, and convicted for traffic violations and driving on a suspended license. The report presents new evidence of the racial impact of traffic stops, along with the most comprehensive data collected in New York and nationally on racial disparities at each stage of traffic enforcement.

Written Testimony before NYS Senate Standing Committee on Codes (October 2019)

On October 17, 2019, Professor Alvin Bragg gave testimony before the New York Senate Standing Committee on Codes on behalf of the New York Law School Racial Justice Project, expressing full support for the repeal of N.Y. CIV. RIGHTS LAW § 50-a. You can read his written testimony here.

Verified Petition Filed in Carr v. De Blasio (August 2019)

The Racial Justice Project is co-counsel in a lawsuit that was filed in August 2019 against the Mayor and the Police Commissioner of the City of New York (among others) by Gwen Carr and Ellisha Flagg Garner (Eric Garner’s mother and sister), Constance Malcolm (whose son Ramarley Graham was killed by the NYPD in February 2012), and several organizers and advocates for police accountability. You can read the verified petition here.

IMPACT: Collected Essays On Expanding Access to Justice (July 2016)

This publication of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law and the Racial Justice Project at NYLS was developed in conjunction with the Impact Center’s April 2016 symposium, Equal Before The Law? Civil Rights and Access to Justice. It features 16 articles by prominent policymakers, nonprofit leaders, advocates and scholars on the following topics:

  • Immigration
  • Housing and Community
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Tort Liability
  • Women’s Rights
  • Alternative models of Access to Justice
  • The Role of Government Officials

Contributors include: The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Andrew Scherer, Susanna Blankley, Claire Thomas, Lenni Benson, Fidèle Menavanza, Brett Dignam, Joanne Doroshow, Catherine Carr, David Udell, Randal Jeffrey, Karen Simmons, Amy Barasch, Joan Vermeulen, Raymond Brescia, Paris Baldacci, and Lisa F. Grumet.

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IMPACT: Collected Essays on the Threat of Economic Inequality (July 2015)

ICPI-Economic-Inequality-Publication-2015-F-1-coveThis publication of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law and the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School was developed in conjunction with the Impact Center’s April 2015 symposium Tackling Economic Inequality.  It features 17 articles by prominent policymakers, nonprofit leaders, advocates and scholars on the following topics:

  • The Challenge of Economic Inequality;
  • Housing and Community;
  • Criminal Justice Reform;
  • Political Participation;
  • Reproductive Rights and Women’s Equality;
  • Protecting Families; and
  • Lessons from New York City.

Contributors include: Richard R. Buery, Jr.; the Honorable Fern Fisher; Steven W. Bender; Elise C. Boddie; Andrew Scherer; Michael Pinard; SpearIt; Erika L. Wood; Reginald T. Shuford; Ronald F. Day; J. Gerald Hebert; Janet Crepps & Kelly Baden; Kele M. Stewart; Ellen Yaroshefsky & Anna Schwedel; Melanie Hartzog & Patti Banghart; Jennifer Jones Austin; and Steven Banks.

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Reports

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June 2012

The New York Law School Racial Justice Project and the Racial Justice Program of the American Civil Liberties Union co-authored a report on food deserts —areas with either no access or limited access to fresh, affordable food—and the impact on communities of color.  Read the report, titled Unshared Bounty: How Structural Racism Contributes to the Creation and Persistence of Food Deserts, here.