Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

National Law Journal: "Chicago Students Police the Police"

Chicago Students Police the Police
Karen Sloan
The National Law Journal
May 18, 2015

Garrett and her clinic classmates last week tried a First Amendment case in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of a journalist arrested after taking photographs of an officer roughly arresting a woman in a predominately African-American neighborhood.

Tuition deposits were due soon, but incoming law student Ruby Garrett couldn't decide among the five schools on her short list in spring 2013. Then she met Craig Futterman, who founded the University of Chicago Law School's Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project 15 years ago.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Civil Rights & Police Accountability Project Goes to Trial

May 12, 2015

Students and faculty in the Civil Rights & Police Accountability Project are taking a case to trial this week.  The federal civil rights trial opens with jury selection on Wednesday, May 12th, with opening statements scheduled for May 13th.

Youth/Police Conference: Where Do We Go From Here?

The final panel, in which all panelists and the audience participated, was devoted to a discussion of next steps and prescriptive strategies for addressing the issues explored in the course of the conference.

Moderator: Emmitt House, Youth/Police Project

This panel discussion was recorded at the Youth/Police Conference at the University of Chicago Law School in April 2015.

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference

Youth/Police Conference: I Can't Imagine Anything Different

Many view strained relations between police and minority youth as difficult if not impossible to change. They see the status quo as intractable. What is the impact of such attitudes? Is there reason to believe that relations can improve? What do constructive youth/police relations look like? How can police and youth work together to build better relationships?

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference
Participating faculty: 
Jonathan Masur

Youth/Police Conference: They Have All The Power

Why does police accountability matter in this context? How does the knowledge that severe abuses—brutality, sexual assault, false arrest, even death—have gone unpunished inform and shape encounters between youth and police? What are the costs and harms of the absence of accountability? How does the lack of accountability affect the relationships between youth and police?

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference
Participating faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Youth/Police Conference: How it Makes Me Feel—Police

Every day we put police officers in what often feels like an impossible situation: Get gangs, guns, and drugs off our streets. Keep us safe from violence. At the same time, there is widespread criticism of the practice of stopping and searching Black youth as a crime-fighting tactic. How do police experience this apparent catch 22? How do youth/police encounters impact law enforcement?

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference
Participating faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams

Youth/Police Conference: How it Makes Me Feel—Youth

How do these encounters, and the contexts in which they occur, shape the attitudes and identities of African-American youth—the way they see themselves and their place in the world? How do these encounters affect their orientation toward law enforcement? How do these encounters affect their personal development and their ability to navigate public space?

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference
Participating faculty: 
Emily Buss
Participating faculty: 
Herschella G. Conyers

Youth/Police Conference: How Youth See Police. How Police See Youth.

Countless interactions occur daily in urban America between Black youth and police. An encounter between a police officer engaged in a legitimate investigative mission and a teen innocent of any wrongdoing can be fraught. It can go wrong in a variety of ways, often with major consequences for the individuals involved and for community-police relations.

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference

Youth/Police Conference: Opening Remarks

  • Dean Michael H. Schill, University of Chicago Law School
  • Craig B. Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Jamie Kalven, Invisible Institute

This panel discussion was recorded at the Youth/Police Conference at the University of Chicago Law School in April 2015.

Event listing: 
Youth/Police Conference
Participating faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman
Participating faculty: 
Michael H. Schill

Youth/Police Conference: Where Do We Go From Here?

The final panel, in which all panelists and the audience participated, was devoted to a discussion of next steps and prescriptive strategies for addressing the issues explored in the course of the conference.

The final panel, in which all panelists and the audience participated, was devoted to a discussion of next steps and prescriptive strategies for addressing the issues explored in the course of the conference.

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