Mission Statement

The focus of the Journal is to present wide-ranging, multidisciplinary perspectives on the race, gender, and social justice issues of our time. The issues that the Journal addresses are not issues that face only women. Rather, these issues reflect a more modern dialogue, addressing the way in which individuals and groups of different races, genders, and sexualities interact while also examining the implications for social justice.

The Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice is a student-edited journal founded to focus scholarly debate on these issues and to encourage discussion about the impact race, gender, and other biases in the law have on society. The Journal is committed to stimulating an open discussion encompassing a variety of viewpoints regarding these legal issues. Through such dialogue, we hope to advance the development of the law in areas critical to social justice and equality.

In addition to advancing legal development, the Journal provides students, professors, and practitioners the opportunity to develop these interests further, through a serious academic review that crosses the boundaries traditionally separating legal disciplines. The Journal‘s scope includes labor law, international law, administrative law, wills and estates, contracts, torts, the criminal and civil justice systems, and many other areas of the law. It addresses the inherent interdependence between public policy and social issues. This broad academic approach promotes thoughtful and creative commentary on race- and gender-related issues and policies, social justice, and the law.

Expansion into progressive areas of academic discourse is not new at William & Mary. As the oldest law school in the United States, the William & Mary Law School was itself founded to expand educational and professional horizons. This history has been incorporated into our vision for the Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice. The Journalserves to focus discussion, present varying viewpoints, and strengthen the role of progressive perspectives in mainstream legal scholarship.