The Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development was first published in 1985 as the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary by a group of law review students who wanted the opportunity to publish student scholarship. In 2007 the Journal became the official publication of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development. The Journal changed its name to reflect its new partnership in 2009. Today, the Journal provides lawyers and non-lawyers analysis and insight on various areas of racial, social and economic justice. The Journal solicits articles from distinguished members of the legal community to provide a forum in which scholars can express their analyses, ruminations, and opinions on contemporary and historical topics to a wide-ranging audience.