Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal formed in 2002 by a small group of committed and enterprising students to address the vacuum in legal scholarship pertaining to issues of race and poverty. Against many obstacles, it has grown into a coalition of law students dedicated to progressive lawyering in the interests of the poor and marginalized that is known as one of the most politically active forces on our law school campus. Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal is committed to promoting and inspiring discourse in the legal community regarding issues of race, poverty, social justice, and the law. This journal is committed to addressing disparities in the legal system. We will create an avenue for compelling dialogue on the subject of the growing marginalization of racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged. It is our hope that the legal theories addressed in this journal will prove useful in remedying the structural inequalities facing our communities.