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Biden nominates civil rights legend Margaret Burnham for federal civil rights cold case review board

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President Joe Biden has nominated Northeastern law scholar and renowned civil rights lawyer Margaret Burnham to serve on a new board that will make it easier to access the records of unsolved murders of Black people during the Civil Rights era—and possibly solve some of the lingering crimes.

Burnham was the first Black woman to serve as a state court judge in Massachusetts and founded the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern, where she also serves as university distinguished professor of law. She is among four scholars from across the country nominated by Biden to serve on the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board.

“This is a true honor, and a recognition of Northeastern’s role as a leader in unearthing this important history,” Burnham said.

Continue reading at News@Northeastern.

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