Aims & Scope

Mission Statement of Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy

The Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy (formerly the African-American Law & Policy Report) was created by students at Berkeley Law to provide an alternative forum to address legal and policy issues of concern to African-Americans. As we see it, the challenge facing the Journal is threefold.

First, the Journal's publication will work toward ultimately improving conditions for African-American communities by infusing intellectual discourse with provocative and innovative scholarship, thus deepening thinking about policy options and choices.

Second, the Journal will give rise to the voices of emerging scholars, and will bring these scholars into conversation with prominent professors, judges, policy-makers, and practitioners.

Finally, with an eye toward preparing the next generation of leaders who will help create change and progress, we see the Journal as a training ground where students sharpen their editing and writing skills, and gain experience in critical thinking by wrestling with the task of producing quality scholarship and ideas.

Land Acknowledgement

Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy recognizes that Berkeley sits on the territory of Xučyun, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has benefited, and continues to benefit, from the use and occupation of this land since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold University of California, Berkeley, more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.

A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.