Facing The Past At Home
Restorative Justice in the United States

GUEST LECTURER:  Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick 

Professor Zoltek-Jick has taught at Northeastern University School of Law for over twenty years, specializing in criminal law and procedure, evidence, and law and psychiatry. She is the Associate Director of The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project. Her academic writing has focused on statutes of limitation, cold cases, and civil lawsuits on cases of sexual abuse.


Professor Rose Zoltek-Jick spoke about the work of her organization, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project at Northeastern School of Law, where she is Assistant Director under Dr. Margaret Burnham Lewis. This project’s task is to investigate murders of Blacks in the Jim Crow South from the 1930s through the early 1960s; roughly, between the end of uncontested lynching period and the beginning of what we think of as the Civil Rights movement. Law school students perform a “cold case” investigation, using the tools of a legal clinic. They have several goals; first, to build an archive of such cases; second, to correct injustices so far as is within their power (by, for example, correcting death certificates that read “accident” to “homicide”); and third, to build a narrative from these materials that will “plug the hole in history,” regarding these thinly-documented crimes. (As it turns out, the documentation is there; it’s “gone underground,” never spoken of except among the families and friends of victims, and perhaps among the perpetrators, and existing in old newspaper files and courthouse records.) Keep Reading. 






Ta-Nehisi Coates. “The Case for Reparations.” The Atlantic Monthly.

House Resolution 40 – 113th Congress (2013-2014).

Margaret Burnham and Margaret Russell. “The Cold Cases of the Jim Crow South.” The New York Times.

Brian MacQuarrie. “A Trip Back to Atlanta’s streetcars in the Jim Crow Era.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.