Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project

Criminal & Juvenile Justice Project Clinic (CJP) -- Significant Achievements

October 24, 2014

CJP students have been actively engaged in litigation and reform related to the human rights issue of sentencing juveniles to life without parole.  In addition to representing two clients presently serving the sentence, law and social work students have worked with the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children and other organizations and community groups around public educatio

Conyers Honored for Work on Behalf of Youth Offenders

Meredith Heagney
Law School Office of Communications
November 25, 2013

Professor Herschella Conyers of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, a clinic within the Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, has been honored for her work on behalf of young people in the criminal justice system.

Conyers Convenes Group to Discuss Youth Violence

Chicago's Black Legal Community Meets to Stem Youth Violence
Dawn Turner Trice
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2013

Herschella Conyers is an attorney who, along with several judges, recently invited a bunch of people to the University of Chicago to talk about violence and the growing number of teens getting entangled in the criminal justice system.

Plan, Do, Reflect: Clinical Teaching at the Law School

Meredith Heagney

Clinical teaching takes place in the classroom, in court, in business meetings, on the
streets of Chicago, and sometimes even in the US Supreme Court.

For a full week last fall, Professor Alison Siegler and Jason Feld, ’13, spent between 12 and 15 hours a day in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, writing an amicus brief for Alleyne v. United States, a US Supreme Court case on mandatory minimum sentences.

Major Victory for Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic

April 16, 2013

Sarah Staudt, Class of 2013, provides this update on a major victory in the clinic’s work on juvenile life-without-parole sentences:

A Juvenile Symposium - Living Like We're Bulletproof: The Public Health Crises of Youth Trauma & Violence


The Illinois Judicial Council and the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinic, The University of Chicago Law School presents A Juvenile Symposium, Living Like We're Bulletproof: The Public Health Crises of Youth Trauma & Violence. This is an all day symposium about the public health crises of youth trauma and violence.

Reflections on Menard Correctional Center and Juvenile Life-Without-Parole Sentences

March 8, 2013

Recently, clinic student Sarah Staudt ('13) and colleagues from the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinic interviewed two clients serving mandatory life-without-parole sentences at Menard Correctional Center.  Sarah's reflections on that experience follow:

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