Mandel Clinic

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic Releases Policy Toolkit to Improve Energy Efficiency

Policy Toolkit Seeks to Improve Energy Efficiency
June 23, 2016

Guidebook for regulators provides solutions to unleash energy use data—while protecting privacy and addressing liability and other concerns—to ensure energy-efficiency investments deliver the greatest bang for their buck.

Recent studies have shown that energy-efficiency investments don’t deliver their expected returns largely because these expectations are based on model projections instead of real-life data.

Mark N. Templeton

Craig Futterman on the Release of Hundreds of Chicago Police Video and Audio Clips

Chicago Police Union Reacts to IPRA Release of Videos, Audio
Eddie Arruza and Meredith Francis
Chicago Tonight
June 6, 2016

We spoke with Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project and law professor at the University of Chicago, about what the IPRA file release means for transparency.

We spoke with Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project and law professor at the University of Chicago, about what the IPRA file release means for transparency.

Craig B. Futterman

Futterman: Release of Hundreds of Police Videos Marks Potential 'New Day'

June 3, 2016

From the Associated Press:

Authorities released hundreds of videos Friday that offer startling glimpses into violent encounters involving Chicago police, including the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect speeding toward them in a van and an incident when an officer slammed his night stick against a man's head at a party.

Futterman: Promotion Of Lieutenant With Dozens Of Complaints Raises Questions

May 13, 2016

From WBEZ:

Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson backed the promotion of a lieutenant who had dozens of excessive-force complaints, according to a city record obtained by WBEZ. The promotion put Lt. Glenn Evans in command of one of the city’s 22 police districts.

Flores on New Reporting Rules for US Investors in Myanmar: "a step in the wrong direction"

US hikes investment ceiling for Myanmar reporting
Steve Gilmore
Myanmar Times
May 23, 2016

Senior US administration officials said on May 17 that as part of actions to help trade, investment and the new government, the US would raise the reporting threshold for “aggregate new investment” from US$500,000 to $5 million.

Claudia M. Flores

Futterman on Chicago Officals Admitting 'Code of Silence'

City admits ‘code of silence,’ but Rahm may still have to testify
Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times
May 23, 2016

In an about-face, City Hall lawyers acknowledged in federal court Friday that Chicago police observe a “code of silence,” the first time city attorneys have conceded that officers cover up misconduct by fellow cops.

Craig B. Futterman

New York Times Features Law School's Combat Clemency Project

A Lonely Mission to Pardon U.S. Soldiers Who Killed Civilians
Dave Phillips
New York Times
May 19, 2016

The Combat Clemency Project, part of the Law School's Mental Health Advocacy Clinic, was featured in a New York Times story, "A Lonely Mission to Pardon US Soldiers Who Killed Civilians." The seven students working on the project, run by Clinical Professor and Mental Health Advocacy Clinic Director Mark Heyman, are petitioning President Obama to grant clemency to combat veterans who were convicted of homicide while deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq.


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Mark J. Heyrman

Futterman: Chicago Administration's Handling of Police Misconduct is "Delay and Stalling Tactic"

May 11, 2016

From Aldertrack:

Richard Wooten, a retired police officer from the South Side’s 6th District and a former Sixth Ward aldermanic candidate, said those inaugural changes barely scratched the surface.

International Human Rights Clinic Students' Research Promotes UN Women Database

UN Women’s Constitutional Database Boosts Efforts Towards Women’s Rights
UN Women
May 6, 2016

"It's really important as advocates, and especially as a male advocate that we have these important conversations about what rights all people have, but how the specific context on the ground is disparately impacting women," said Dylan Cowart a law student at the University of Chicago.

On 6 May, professors and students from the University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Milan, shared their experiences in utilizing UN Women’s revised Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database (GECD) at a symposiu

Claudia M. Flores
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