The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development strives to enhance thepool of students of color going to law school, lawyers of color entering legal academia and lawyers of color interested in higher education administration.We achieve this goal, in part, through the following pipeline initiatives:
Legal Outreach Program
Since 2005, The RHB Center has partnered with Legal Outreach -- a nonprofit organization that prepares youths from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels -- to present its Summer law Institute. For this five-week program, the Center selects and trains two St. John’s Law students to teach legal concepts to rising ninth graders. The curriculum includes visits from Law School alumni, who talk to the students about their careers and the practice of law. At the end of the five weeks, the students participate as witnesses and advocates in a mock trial before a panel of judges.
Research Professor Program
The RHB Center’s Research Professor Program is designed to increase diversity in legal academia. The Research Professorhip is an untenured, two-year position with the Law School. The Research Professor teaches one course each semester, attends faculty meetings and colloquia, and receives formal and informal mentoring while in residence at St. John's. S/he is also encouraged to attend conferences and workshops in his/her area of academic inquiry and to make a presentation to the faculty.
Administrative Fellow Program
The RHB Center created its Administrative Fellow Program to increase diversity in higher education administration. The Administrative Fellow counsels and teaches participants in the Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students, drafts funding proposals, and conducts research on minority student enrollment in New York’s law schools.