Federal Criminal Justice Clinic

Alison Siegler Named Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow for 2014

August 30, 2013

On August 5, 2013, more than 235 Fellows, sponsors, nominators and guests gathered for our annual Recognition Ceremony at Jenner & Block.

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Alison Siegler

Siegler Discusses Sentencing Reform on WTTW's Chicago Tonight

Cutting Mandatory Minimums
Paul Caine
August 13, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced a major shift in federal sentencing policy, calling on federal prosecutors to sidestep mandatory minimum sentences for low level, non-violent drug offenders.

Alison Siegler

Alison Siegler to Discuss DOJ's Proposed Reforms to Criminal Justice System

August 13, 2013

Updated: Video of Prof. Siegler's interview on Chicago Tonight is available here.

FCJC's Amicus Brief in Alleyne Helps Revolutionize Federal Sentencing Law

June 18, 2013

Yesterday, in Alleyne v. United States, No. 11-9335, the Supreme Court revolutionized federal sentencing law, overruling prior precedent to hold that the Sixth Amendment requires the facts that set mandatory minimum penalties to be charged in an indictment and proved beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury.

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.

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Authors Amicus Brief in U.S. v. Davila

April 18, 2013

The Supreme Court held oral argument on Monday in United States v. Davila, No.

Alison Siegler Explains Significance of U.S. v. Davila on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift

Supreme Court hears case on judge neutrality
Afternoon Shift
April 15, 2013

Alison Siegler of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic's Federal Criminal Justice Clinic [filed an amicus brief in] U.S. v. Anthony Davila in front of the Supreme Court Monday. The case involved a judge breaking from neutrality by pressuring a defendant to plead guilty. Siegler explains why this case is important.

Alison Siegler

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic: Helping Defendants in Need

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic director Alison Siegler discusses a recent case that she and her students worked on at the FCJC, a legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School that represents indigent defendants charged with federal crimes.

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic Provides Students with Real-World Experience

Law School clinic defends those in need
Sarah Galer
University of Chicago News Office
January 22, 2013

First-time criminal defendant Mohammed Smith was skeptical when he found out he had been assigned a team of third-year law students as his court-appointed legal counsel.

But the young advocates at the University of Chicago Law School’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic soon won Smith over.

Alison Siegler
Erica Zunkel
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