Mandel Clinic

Futterman: Few Chicago Police Officers Received Nearly Half of Community Complaints, and Were Almost Never Disciplined

March 17, 2015

Clinical Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project Craig Futterman was quoted on Marketplace about police misconduct lawsuits:

So, they don’t ask, for instance: Is there one group of officers who are getting us into trouble?

Craig Futterman on Fighting the ‘Code of Silence’

Fighting the ‘Code of Silence’
Jack Silverstein
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
March 9, 2015

For a man who has made a career out of suing police, Craig B. Futterman’s views on law enforcement aren’t as straight forward as one might expect.

For Futterman, his work is about ensuring appropriate use of police powers — including the power to “shoot and kill.”

“I think the power to use deadly force is (necessary),” he said. “Yes. I do.”

The problem with that power, he said, is twofold — deadly force is overused, and police are rarely honest about its use.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Craig Futterman: "Black Folks Have Borne a Disproportionate Share of [Police] Abuse"

Justice Department's Split Decision a Diplomatic Response to Ferguson
Mary Mitchell
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2015

“We don’t have to go outside of our own backyard . . . to see that black folks are being treated differently and less than by police than whites,” Futterman said.

Despite calling it “searing,” the Justice Department report on the Ferguson police was a diplomatic response to the tragic incidents that unfolded last summer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Youth/Police Conference: Speaker Bios

Biographical information for each Youth/Police speaker.

Emily Buss

Emily Buss's research interests include children's and parents' rights and the legal system's allocation of responsibility for children’s development among parent, child, and state.

Intl Human Rights Clinic Report: Stop U.S. Deportations To Haiti

Activists Say Haitian Deportations Need to Stop
Rebecca Savransky
The Miami Herald
February 19, 2015

Human rights groups held a news conference Thursday to discuss the report, Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti, which documents the experiences people with criminal records have after being deported to post-earthquake Haiti.

Human rights groups held a news conference Thursday to discuss the report, Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti, which documents the experiences people with criminal records have after being deported to post-earthquake Haiti.

Faculty: 
Brian Citro

Erica Zunkel: Dissecting Adnan Syed’s Case on Serial

Breaking Down The Serial Podcast: Attorneys Dissect Adnan Syed’s Case
Legal Talk Network
February 13, 2015

On this episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams discuss Serial and the case it made famous with three attorneys: Director of Investigation for University of Virginia School of Law’s Innocence Project Clinic Deirdre Enright, featured on episodes 7 and 12 of Serial and currently working on Adnan’s appeal, Erica Zunkel from the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, and Markus Kypreos from the Fort Worth civil litigation firm Pennington Hill.

Faculty: 
Erica Zunkel

Craig Futterman on the Lack of Trust Between Black Communities and Police

Police Body Cameras in Action: What Chicago Can Learn from Arizona
WGN
February 4, 2015

Chicago Police are now testing 30 cameras in a pilot program.  But, as WGN’s Gaynor Hall reports, there’s nothing simple about adding this equipment to the uniform.

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Brian Citro: A Role for Human Rights in the Climate Engineering Debate?

A Role for Human Rights in the Climate Engineering Debate?
Brian Citro
Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment
February 10, 2015

As the reality of climate engineering (CE) seems to draws nearer, questions about governance, coordination and accountability loom large.

As the reality of climate engineering (CE) seems to draws nearer, questions about governance, coordination and accountability loom large. Leaving aside critical concerns about effective and responsible CE research and experimentation for a moment, I’d like to address a number of broad-ranging and interrelated questions: How do we ensure decision-making processes are inclusive and transparent?

Faculty: 
Brian Citro

Alison Siegler on 'Highly Unusual' Mass Dismissals of Major Stash House Charges

Prosecutor Drops Toughest Charges in Chicago Stings That Used Fake Drugs
Erik Eckholm
The New York Times
February 3, 2015

“In my experience, it is highly unusual to see the en masse dismissals of the major charge in a big group of similar cases,” said Alison Siegler, the director of the federal criminal justice clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and a co-counsel in four of the cases.

In a partial retreat from drug prosecutions that spurred a national debate over possible entrapment and racial profiling, the federal prosecutor in Chicago has dropped the most serious charges against 27 defendants who were caught in so-called

Faculty: 
Alison Siegler
Faculty: 
Judith P. Miller