The Georgetown Law Journal’s commitment to diversity is firmly rooted in Georgetown University’s mission statement, which begins:
Established in 1789 and in the spirit of the new republic, the university was founded on the principle that serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs promotes intellectual, ethical and spiritual understanding. We embody this principle in the diversity of our students, faculty and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.
The Georgetown Law Journal celebrates the quintessential importance of diversity to the publication of the nation’s highest caliber legal scholarship. As the Journal moves into its second centennial, its membership continues to seek innovative ways of shepherding a lively scholarly discourse among diverse legal perspectives.
To that end, the Journal’s diversity initiatives revolve around one of two related elements: diversity of membership and diversity of scholarship. It is the Journal’s belief that by building a membership of students from diverse backgrounds, the Journal will provide a forum for a robust exchange of ideas that will substantially benefit not only the scholarship of the Journal, but also the development of its members. As Justice O’Connor wrote in her majority opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, “[t]hese benefits are not theoretical but real, as major American businesses have made clear that the skills needed in today’s increasingly global marketplace can only be developed through exposure to widely diverse people, cultures, ideas, and viewpoints.” Ensuring diversity in the Journal’s membership is a paramount goal of the Journal’s outreach and member selection processes.
As Georgetown’s only generalist law journal, the Journal is dedicated to publishing extraordinarily prescient scholarship from across the legal spectrum. This diversity of scholarship provides Journal members the opportunity to delve into new and exciting areas of study that both complement and augment the law center’s academic course of study. The resulting publication features articles and notes that span the legal gamut and reflect the diversity of the Journal’s membership and of the larger legal community. The Georgetown Law Journal therefore encourages submissions of articles and notes that present diverse perspectives heretofore underrepresented in legal scholarship.
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To view the Journal‘s diversity statement as a PDF, click here.
The Georgetown Law Journal‘s Diversity Review Board (“DRB”) spearheads the Journal‘s diversity initiatives. The DRB is composed of both staff and editors of the Journal who convene several times each semester. Volume 102′s DRB is chaired by the Member Development and Diversity Editor, Steven Schnelle, who can be reached at email@example.com.