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ACS will host its annual panel discussion reviewing the current Supreme Court Term as it draws to a close. Leading experts will discuss the Court's noteworthy decisions and analyze emerging trends.
Russ Feingold, ACS President
Thomas Goldstein,?Partner, Goldstein and Russell; Co-Founder and Publisher,?SCOTUSblog;?Moderator
Debo Adegbile, Partner, WilmerHale
Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Charles Seligson Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law; NYU School of Law
Sarah Harris, Partner, Williams & Connolly
Elizabeth Sepper, Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Pratik Shah, Partner, Akin Gump
Please join the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter, the ACLU of Illinois, and Mayer Brown LLP virtually for our annual Supreme Court Term in Review. Hear directly from National Board of Directors member Aziz Huq, the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at University of Chicago Law School, and other legal experts about important cases from the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest term – including cases on free speech rights, voting rights, and LGBTQ rights – and upcoming cases to watch. The panelists will also share insights on significant SCOTUS trends, how the judiciary could play a major role during the Biden-Harris Administration, and answer questions from the audience.
CLE credit is pending for Illinois attorneys. Following this event, please email LCEmails@acslaw.org by Tuesday, July 20th with your Illinois Bar number to receive CLE credit.
Nusrat Choudhury, Roger Pascal Legal Director, ACLU of Illinois
Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago; Member, ACS Board of Directors and Board of Academic Advisors
Steve Sanders, Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Chicago Police are developing a foot-pursuit policy. It must be public and enforced. The policy that CPD adopts must be made publicly known and available. CPD must train its officers in common-sense, life-saving de-escalation tactics and hold them accountable when they fail to implement them and escalate conflict instead.
Join Lawndale Christian Legal Center for this lunch hour Zoom conversation with Executive Director, Cliff Nellis, as he discusses the legal and community issues surrounding the CPD's foot-pursuit policy.
THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED - LIKELY SOMETIME IN AUGUST TBA
(The State of Criminal Justice Reform: What Role Do You Play? - will need to be rescheduled. We will notify you when this panel has a new date, which is expected to be some time in August. Please reach out to Associate Director Alli Kielsgard (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions)
As the criminal justice system comes under increased scrutiny, so too does each profession that has operated within and supported a system that has evolved into a catalyst for infringement on human rights, abuse of civil rights, and an escalation of social unrest and civil disobedience. Is the criminal justice system doing exactly what it was designed to do, or has it morphed into something very different? This webinar will explore the role members of state legislatures, police, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system have played in our current system. It will delve into the seemingly impenetrable barriers to criminal justice reform, as well as steps toward progress that have been made. We will also examine whether there is a moral responsibility to assert our respective positions in active pursuit of requisite changes.
- CK Hoffler – President, National Bar Association
- Brittney Reed – Assistant Public Defender, East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender
- Ariana M. Guzmán-Garcia. Esq., MA – US Probation Officer, Federal US Courts for the District of Puerto Rico.
- Cynthia Swann (Moderator) – Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
Join WTTW, Legal Aid Chicago, and Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) to watch selections from the FIRSTHAND: Living in Poverty docuseries and take part in a conversation exploring the intersections of poverty and the justice system. We'll be joined by Melissa Staas, Legal Aid Chicago Supervisory Attorney; Regina Hernandez, Legal Aid Chicago Supervisory Attorney; and Amy Campanelli, Vice President of Restorative Justice for LCLC and the former Public Defender for Cook County. These panelists bring decades of experience in representing individuals in civil and criminal court. Topics to be discussed include the poverty trap of the justice system, navigating the child welfare system, criminal records relief, and restorative justice. The conversation will be rooted in the lived experience of Andino Medina, one of the subjects of WTTW's FIRSTHAND: Living in Poverty.
The panel and audience Q&A will be moderated by FIRSTHAND executive producer Dan Protess.
This session will explore recent U.S. and Illinois Supreme Court cases on sentencing juveniles to life (or defacto life) sentences.
Margareth Etienne, the Carl L. Vacketta Professor of Law, is the inaugural associate dean for graduate and international programs, where she oversees the College of Law’s JSD, LLM, and MSL programs. Professor Etienne teaches criminal law and procedure, sentencing, education law and children in the law. Her research focuses on legal decision-making and ethics in institutions ranging from criminal courts to schools and families.
The University of Illinois College of Law will apply for 1.00 hour (Illinois) MCLE credit for this session.
The Southwest Juvenile Defender Center invites youth defenders and advocates from across the country to join a virtual training: Street Law, presented by Prof. Ellen Marrus and Lisa Cohen of the University of Houston Law Center. Street Law empowers youth with legal knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive change and awareness for themselves and others. This training will provide information on the fundamentals of Street Law and how to institute it in your community.
ARC, Inc. is continuing its webinar series on selected topics in mitigation, currently following a once-per-month summer schedule. This month Twyla Carter of The Bail Project will speak about incorporating race and culture into criminal cases.
Twyla Carter is the National Policy Director at The Bail Project. Prior to joining TBP, Twyla was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project at the ACLU national office, where she litigated local and state bail inequities and right-to-counsel protections in the federal courts, and designed alternative bail and representation policies and procedures for targeted jurisdictions. Prior to working at the ACLU, Twyla was a public defender for ten years. She was the Misdemeanor Practice Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, where she oversaw all misdemeanor casework across the four divisions of the department. As a Staff Attorney at The Defender Association, Twyla handled felony and misdemeanor trial caseloads, represented juveniles, and appealed misdemeanor convictions. Twyla is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington State and she is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts. Twyla is a frequent speaker on all aspects of the criminal legal system, including bail and police reform, right-to-counsel issues, and how to incorporate race and culture into criminal and death penalty cases.
Please register no later than 5pm Eastern the day before the webinar you wish to attend.