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Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights

Established in 1999 by Professor Janice D. Villiers, the late Judge Philip D. Roache, and Justice Patricia P. Satterfield, the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights is the law school’s oldest academic center. In name, vision, and mission, the Ron Brown Center honors the memory of Ronald H. Brown ’70, a law school alumnus who served as the first African American Secretary of Commerce and the first African-American Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Center’s Mission

The Ron Brown Center’s mission focuses on four objectives: 1) engage in legal studies, 2) research issues that affect the lives of disadvantaged and underrepresented people and provide outreach programs to such groups, 3) increase the racial and socioeconomic diversity of the legal profession, and 4) educate law students to be leaders on issues of racial, economic, and social justice.

Center’s Activities

To advance this mission, the Ron Brown Center publishes the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development (JCRED), hosts cutting-edge academic events, and runs a signature pipeline programs designed to increase diversity in the legal academy and profession.

Contact Us

Contact us to share your thoughts and feedback and to learn more about the Ron Brown Center. To support the Ron Brown Center and its initiatives, please visit the Law School's online giving page.

Elaine Chiu
Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights
St. John's School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
chiue1@stjohns.edu
718-990-6657

Rosa Castello
Assistant-Director, Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights
St. John's School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
castellr@stjohns.edu
718-990-6633