Florida State University’s College of Law is joining the state’s 11 other law schools in a collaborative effort to combat social injustice.
The deans of the state’s law schools have created the Florida Law Schools’ Consortium for Racial Justice, an initiative designed to leverage the schools’ resources in working with community organizations already in the forefront of seeking change.
At the same time, it will give law students the experience needed to better understand advocacy practices, influencing legislative decisions and helping to solidify grassroots efforts.
The idea for the consortium was initiated in response to the national outcry against racial and legal injustices carried out following several high-profile police-related deaths.
Each law school – including the FAMU College of Law in Orlando – will appoint at least one student to work each year to address anti-racism initiatives. Among the issues likely to be targeted:
- Changes to the process by which juveniles are charged as adults.
- Ending disparate criminal sentences based on race.
- Equalizing funding across public school districts.
- Advocating on behalf of Black-owned businesses having access to loans and state contracts.
- Lobbying for the passage of local and state ordinances designed to achieve equal pay for equal work.
The schools also will involve their current partners, such as community foundations, nonprofit groups, law firms, businesses, policy centers, art collectives, advocacy groups, educational entities and bar associations.