Think. Move. Connect.

We're committed to the study and practice of civil rights, human rights, and racial justice law and advocacy.

Howard University School of Law
Notre Dame Hall, Room 107
Washington, D.C. 20059


We believe that:

  • Real, lasting social change requires collaboration between law, organizing, and research in service of community-led movements.
  • In order to effectively fight for our people we must think globally and act locally.
  • All communities should be freed from the systemic racism that undermines freedom and equal justice in our country.

TMC at Work

Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Learn About the UN Resolution

Letter to the Evanston City Council Regarding Reparations Measure

Read About the Reparations Measure

Launched the Harvard Law - Howard Law Justice Initiative

Learn more about the Justice Initiative

Co-hosted Reparations 2021 Conference

Read about Reparations 2021

Justin Hansford speaks about George Floyd

The outcome of the trial and its international impact

Supported the passage of the Mike Brown Bill

Read more about this legislation

McKesson Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court

Read more about the McKesson Brief

Gamble Amicus Brief

Read more about the brief

COVID-19 Report

Read the Report

Challenge to Curfews Imposed by D.C. Mayor

Read More About Our Support of Protesters

Amicus Brief on 2016 Dakota Pipeline Demonstration

Learn About the Case

Amicus Brief on First Step Act

Read About the First Step Act

Head, Hands, Heart

Head Hands Heart Graphic

We seek to obtain the goal of racial justice by using a human rights framework and a social movement centered approach. We use our heads, our hands, and our hearts to make a difference:

  • engaged research when fighting the battle of ideas in the ivory tower;
  • movement lawyering when fighting for our rights in the courts, the Congress, and other halls of power; and
  • community organizing when fighting to build power in the communities where our people live out their lives.

With commitments in the ivory tower, courthouse, Congress, and the community, we hope to serve as a connector that bring out the best in both worlds, all in the service of the movement.

Become a Center Fellow

We are building a dream team of lawyers, legal scholars and advocates who are committed to social justice, human rights and civil rights, including:

1) Law Teaching Fellow, a dynamic legal professional with a passion and interest in participating in litigation of a constitutional magnitude affecting civil and human rights. An ideal candidate also has an interest in entering the legal academy as a tenure-track law professor.

2) EJC/TCI Staff Attorney, an experienced litigator who understands the intersection of the first amendment and environmental justice. An ideal candidate will have experience with protest rights and familiarity with environmental issues, particularly as it relates to the Black community.

3) Social Justice Fellow, an experienced researcher with a background in education or educational policy as well as social justice.

Howard alumni are encouraged to apply!

Join Our Team

In the News

June 02, 2021

The country's first municipal reparations program is off to a rocky start - NBC News

NBC News

May 25, 2021

'It Requires the Entire International Community to Act': Letter Urges UN Take Action to Combat Police Killing Black Civilians with Impunity - Atlanta Black Star

Atlanta Black Star

May 10, 2021

Coalition Calls for United Nations Inquiry into US Police Violence - Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch

April 26, 2021

Minnesota's 1st Black Attorney General Led Prosecution In Chauvin Case - NPR


April 23, 2021

How prosecutors in the Chauvin trial presented an 'almost perfect case' - Yahoo News

Yahoo News

April 21, 2021

Listen: Calls For Better Policing In DC Follow Chauvin Verdict - WAMU 88.5

WAMU 88.5

April 20, 2021

Some Breathe Sigh of Relief in DC After Chauvin Is Convicted - NBC4 Washington

NBC4 Washington

April 19, 2021

Prosecution Paints Derek Chauvin As Bad Apple In Closing Argument: ‘This Was Not Policing’ - Forbes


April 19, 2021

Alleged police union bullying leads six residents to resign from New London police committee - theday.com


April 15, 2021

As Derek Chauvin Trial Goes To Jury, The Outcome May Please No One - Forbes


April 13, 2021

The Derek Chauvin Trial, Racism & The Law - KPFA - 94.1FM

KPFA - 94.1FM

April 12, 2021

‘These Are Difficult Cases To Win’: Here’s What Legal Experts Think About Prosecution’s Case Against Derek Chauvin - Forbes


March 26, 2021

Ahead of opening statements for Derek Chauvin’s trial, here’s what to expect - WTSP.com