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About BlackLetter

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Originally founded in 1983 as an internal publication of the Black Law Students Association, the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal—known from 2009 to 2018 as the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice—is an annual publication edited by students at Harvard Law School.

The Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal is a forum for activists, lawyers, those who are or who have been incarcerated, scholars, and others to confront cutting-edge issues facing Black communities.




We adopt Charlene A. Carruthers’s definition of anti-blackness: “a system of beliefs and practices that destroy, erode, and dictate the humanity of Black people.”

About Us

Subscriptions include a copy of the most recent volume, a special invitation to all events including our annual symposium, and periodic updates through our email list. View prices and subscribe through the Harvard Law School student journals office.

Past volumes are available exclusively from William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1285 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14209, 1-800-828-7571, Contact William S. Hein & Co. for information on prices for bound volumes.

To request copyright permissions for the journal, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

Manuscripts may be submitted for review at In addition to the full text, authors should submit a current CV and an optional cover letter. Footnotes should conform to The Bluebook (20th ed. 2015). We look forward to hearing from you!

Editorial Staff 2019-2020

Julian Nunally, Editor-in-Chief
Felipe Hernandez, Managing Editor
Libby Bova, Executive Board Coordinator
Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin, Executive Editor
Kennedi Williams-Libert, Executive Editor
Amanda Chan, Online Editor
Vail Kohnert-Yount, Online Editor
Jason Collin, Editor
Emily Chazen, Editor
James Ramsey, Editor
Jackie Salwa, Editor
Dylan Victor Asafo Jr., Editor
Lilianna Rembar, Editor
Oliva Castor, Editor
Erick Hannah, Editor
Kearney Coghlan, Editor
Tyler Ambrose, Editor
Zoe Russell, Editor
James Payne, Editor
Sean Lau, Editor
Nnamdi Jogwe, Editor
Kara Cobb, Editor

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