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Brief Description

The Equal Justice Society is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. Led by President Eva Paterson, our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using social science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, and the school-to-prison pipeline, race conscious remedies, and inequities in the criminal justice system. The Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit also engages the arts and artists in creating work and performances that allow wider audiences to understand social justice issues and struggles.

Detailed Overview

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New Memo from EJS President Eva Paterson: “Transforming the Nation’s Consciousness on Race through Law, Social Science, and the Arts” - We here at EJS would like you all to join us in our effort to teach people to love and to stop making decisions based on racial stereotypes and biases. We also feel that there are structural and institutional barriers to full racial equality. We reached out to our friends and colleagues from around the country to get their opinion on structural racism. This document outlines our thoughts about how EJS wants to move forward in our quest for racial justice as we start our 14th year. Click here to download.

The Equal Justice Society is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts.

Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause by replacing the Intent Doctrine with a Disparate Impact standard that addresses contemporary forms of racism. We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. Currently, EJS targets its advocacy efforts on the death penalty, local service and municipal disparities, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

We also engage the arts and artists in creating work and performances that allow wider audiences to understand social justice issues and struggles.

Read more about our mission and our work.

EJS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
    • Charles Ogletree - Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (founding board member and former board chair)
    • Anthony Solana, Jr. - President and Chairperson, For People of Color, Inc.  (former board chair)
    • Maria Blanco, Vice President, Civic Engagement, California Community Foundation (founding board member)
    • James J. Brosnahan – Senior Partner, Morrison Foerster LLP (founding board member)
    • Barbara A. Caulfield, Kaye Scholer LLP (former board member, in memoriam)
    • Dorothy M. Ehrlich, Deputy Executive Director, national American Civil Liberties Union
    • Margaret M. Russell – Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law (founding board member)
    • Tobias Wolff - Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    • Eric Yamamoto – Professor of Law, University of Hawai`i School of Law (founding board member)

EJS STAFF