Margaret Burnham

Margaret BurnhamMargaret Burnham is Professor of Law at Northeastern University in Boston. She has served as a trial judge and a human rights commissioner. A long-time civil rights scholar, lawyer, and activist, Professor Burnham founded the School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

On June 3, 2015 Prof. Burnham presented the final Keynote Speech of the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice.  Her speech was an important discussion of her work to promote a more just society by helping to heal historical harms associated with racism during the Jim Crow Era between 1930-1970.  Simply stated, the United States will never be a just society unless it "rights the wrongs" to survivors of the terrorism and violence of that era directed largely at African Americans in Southern States. 

Technical Problems Prevented Recording Prof. Burnham's Keynote Speech

The Project assists families and communities affected by racial homicides in the Jim Crow era, and works with lawmakers, researchers and civic leaders to redress the failures of the criminal justice system in that period. CRRJ pursues scholarly research and restorative measures, including law reform, memorialization projects, truth commissions, and other approaches to retrospective justice.