The City University of New York Law Review (“CUNYLR”) aims to publish work authored by cutting-edge social justice scholars and public interest practitioners. We strive to provide a forum for community advocates, organizers, and allies, to influence and radicalize legal practice. These aims are motivated by the Law Review’s larger social justice vision: to address the consequences of structural oppression, and to challenge these structures themselves.
Our social justice mission is deeply integrated into the Law Review, with a rigorous article selection process that emphasizes innovative legal scholarship with a practical impact in support of low-income communities, communities of color, and other historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups of people. It was with this mission in mind that the Law Review created its unique Public-Interest Practice Section (“PIPS”), which incorporates “lessons from the field” from practitioners and community advocates. Additionally, the Law Review values a strong student voice, and publishes creative legal scholarship written by law students who are willing to take risks in our robust Notes & Comments section.
The Law Review adheres to its mission through its unique model of governance. The Editorial Board operates on a consensus-based, working group model with limited hierarchy. This philosophy permeates to our Staff members as well, who are selected based in part on their commitment to social justice, along with other factors, and without regard to their G.P.A.
Looking ahead, the Law Review remains dedicated to effecting its roles as a platform not only for critical legal scholarship, but also for critical legal practice.