Clinics

Forbes on the "Inside The Paris Agreement" Event with Sue Biniaz

Inside The Paris Agreement: How The World Agreed To 'Balance' Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Jeff McMahon
Forbes
February 3, 2016

“One of the lessons there was, sometimes you can reach agreement by getting rid of terms and just explaining what you mean,” Biniaz said.

One surprise in the final draft of the Paris Agreement was a pledge by nearly all the world’s countries “to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century.”

It was a wordier phrase than had appeared in previous drafts and proposals, and one likely to prove more effective.

Joshua Tepfer on Why Police Shooting Cases Need Outside Prosecutors

Opinion: Why Police Shooting Cases Need Outside Prosecutors
Anand Swaminathan and Joshua Tepfer
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2016

Cook County has a one-of-a-kind process for major crimes called “felony review,” which creates an especially close, collaborative relationship between local prosecutors and police.

In the aftermath of highly publicized police shootings, a number of states around the country have enacted reforms requiring special prosecutors to investigate police shootings, and many other states are considering them. Chicago, more so than any other jurisdiction, needs to implement this reform.

Amy M. Hermalik

Lecturer in Law and Assistant Director of the Institute for Justice Entrepreneurship Clinic

Futterman on Fox32 Discussing New Grant for Citizen's Police Data Project

Craig Futterman: Invisible Institute wins grant to develop ‘Citizen's Date Project'
Fox32
January 29, 2016

On January 29, 2016, Professor Craig Futterman appeared on Chicago's Fox32 to discuss the Police Accountability Clinic's work with the Invisible Institute on the Citizen's Police Data Project and their recent award of a Knight Foundation Grant

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman on Chicago Police Disabling Dashcams

January 28, 2016

Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, comments on the news that Chicago Police dashcams are frequently out of order, and sometimes intentionally disabled:

Exoneration Project Wins Release of Client Ben Baker

Becky Beaupre Gillespie
Law School Communications
January 21, 2016

The University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project scored another major victory last week, winning the release and exoneration of client Ben Baker, who had served about 10 years of a 14-year prison sentence on drug charges despite evidence that he had been framed by a corrupt group of Chicago police officers. Law School clinical students Regina Wood, ’17, and Nathan Maxwell, ’16, led by Exoneration Project attorney Josh Tepfer, played a big role in winning Baker’s release, including drafting the brief that helped lead prosecutors to drop the charges.

The University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project scored another major victory last week, winning the release and exoneration of client Ben Baker, who had served about 10 years of a 14-year prison sentence on drug charges despite evidence that he had been framed by a corrupt group of Chicago police officers.

Exoneration Project Victory in Drug Case

Chicago Man Freed in Drug Case Tainted by Police Corruption
Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner
The Chicago Tribune
January 14, 2016

[Ben] Baker's release was granted earlier Thursday during a two-minute hearing at which Cook County prosecutors moved to drop all charges against Baker.

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Baker has served about 10 years of his 14-year prison sentence, said his lawyer, Joshua Tepfer of the Exoneration Project.

Faculty: 
Joshua Tepfer

Trying a Case Outside of the Courts

Claire Stamler-Goody
Law School Communications
January 7, 2016

Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Tyrone Hood, and members of the Law School's Exoneration Project discussed the role of executive clemency and the media in criminal justice reform.  

For Tyrone Hood, a man wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to seventy-five years in prison, seeking clemency through former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn was a novel approach.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson
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