Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review

Mission Statement

Our aim is to be at the forefront of legal scholarship as it relates to human and civil rights, shaping the conversations and encouraging reflections on the most relevant causes of injustice through the law.

Proposed 2020-2021 Programming
Derrick Bell Scholarship
Ferguson Symposium

Founded in 2015, Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review [“HCR”] is a student-managed, faculty-supervised law review published by the Howard University School of Law. HCR focuses on issues related to human rights, civil rights, and international law.

HCR holds an annual Symposium related to these issues, with the keynote speaker giving the C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Lecture. HCR publishes an annual volume of the lectures given at the Symposium, together with articles from eminent scholars and practitioners, a student Note written by the winner of the Pauli Murray Prize, a nationwide competition for the best student Note on human and civil rights. 

2021-hcr team
Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review editorial board members, staff, and faculty advisors, 2020-2021.


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Ashlyne Polynice Editor-in-Chief
Hayden Smith Managing Editor 
Brandon Carter Executive Notes & Comments Editor 
Kayla Strauss Executive Solicitations and Submissions Editor 

senior article editiors

Clarence Ellington Senior Articles Editor
Raven Hayes Senior Articles Editor 
Naomi Rodriguez Senior Articles Editor 
Aysha Thompson Senior Articles Editor 

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Omari Allen Senior Staff Editor 
Tiffany Barlow Senior Staff Editor 
Thomas Darby Senior Staff Editor 
Candice Jones Senior Staff Editor 
Edwin Paillant Senior Staff Editor 

staff editors

Damani Ashton Staff Editor 
John Chapman III Staff Editor 
Remington Daniel Staff Editor 
John Ford Staff Editor 
Trea Harris Staff Editor 
Omar Lewis Staff Editor 
Maya Lowe Staff Editor 
Adisa Omido Staff Editor 
Daesha Roberts Staff Editor 
Elorm Sallah Staff Editor 
Angelyna Selden Staff Editor 
Devin Williams Staff Editor 

C. Clyde Ferguson Lecture & Symposium

Each year, Howard University School of Law hosts the C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Lecture, which is the keynote speech for HCR’s annual Symposium. The 2019-2020 topic for the Ferguson Lecture and Symposium was: A Debt Unpaid: The Historical, Political, and Socioeconomic Battle for Reparations.

Biography of C. Clyde Ferguson

The C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Lecture is in honor of C. Clyde Ferguson Jr., former dean of the Howard University School of Law and a former distinguished professor of law at Rutgers University Law School. At the time of his death in 1983, he was the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Ferguson’s dedication to human rights issues throughout his distinguished career is well-known.

Ferguson was general counsel to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, special legal advisor to Governor Adlai Stevenson, permanent representative to the United Nations, deputy assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, and United States Ambassador to Uganda. In 1967, he was one of the drafters of the UNESCO Statement on Race. Ferguson held honorary doctorate of law degrees from Rutgers University and Williams College. He was the author of five books and numerous legal and scholarly articles.

The Pauli Murray Prize

The Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review  awards the Pauli Murray Prize each year to the winner of a nationwide competition for the best student Note on human and civil rights.

Biography of Pauline [“Pauli”] Murray

The Pauli Murray Prize is in honor of Pauline “Pauli” Murray who was a 1944 graduate and valedictorian of the Howard University School of Law. She went on to become a pivotal figure in civil rights history. Murray challenged racism, sexism, intolerance, and violence, using the law and the written word. Known for her courage, intensity, intellectualism and impishness, her work changed the landscape of U.S. civil and human rights.

As a civil rights attorney, Murray made ground-breaking race-sex equal protection arguments; wrote the Supreme Court brief overturning all-white, all-male juries; and she challenged gender norms in her writings and her life. She taught law in Ghana and at Yale, and in the Afro-American Studies department at Brandeis. She was the first black to receive a doctorate from Yale Law School, and was a founder of NOW, the National Organization of Women. Murray was a prolific poet and late in life she became the first black woman ordained as a priest with the Episcopal Church.

Pauli Murray Prize 2021
Deadline: February 17, 2021

The Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review is excited to present its annual Pauli Murray Prize competition!

Have you written a note involving human and civil rights issues? Would you like to be published in a great law review? 

Do you want to win $500? 

Then this competition is for you!

The Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review is searching for the best student-written note on human & civil rights.

If you have written a note, or would like to write a note, concerning human or civil rights, we will be accepting submissions until February 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm

The competition is open to all current law students and recent law school graduates (graduated within the last year). We will be announcing our winner in April 2021 and the winner will not only receive a $500 prize, but will have the opportunity to be published in Volume V of the Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review! 

Eligibility - The Pauli Murray Prize is open to any law student who is currently enrolled in (or who is a 2020 graduate of) a U.S. or foreign law school. Please include your name and attest to your enrollment status in your submission.

Submission deadline - February 17 2021, sent in Word or PDF format to: Within the Note, the document must be anonymous and cannot reveal any institutional affiliation.

Page limit - The text of the Note (excluding endnotes) should not exceed 20 pages, double-spaced.

For any questions, please email:

We look forward to receiving some amazing submissions!