Young Center Releases “Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children”

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
May 26, 2016

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School released the Framework for Considering the Best Interests of Unaccompanied Children, the result of a multi-year dialogue between federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

Maria Woltjen
Marcy Phillips

IJ Entrepreneurship Clinic Hosts Conference for Small Businesses Seeking Expansion

Entrepreneurship Clinic Hosts Conference for Small Businesses Seeking Expansion
Annesa Lacey
May 24, 2016

If you’re currently a small business owner who is considering expansion, you should be delighted to know the process of hiring has shed quite a bit of red tape throughout the years.

Elizabeth Kregor
Amy M. Hermalik

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

Engaging the Human Side of Human Rights Work

Becky Beaupre Gillespie
Law School Communications
May 2, 2016

International Human Rights Clinic students traveled abroad recently—and their experiences underscored a central piece of human rights advocacy: desk review is only half of the work. The other half is all about understanding people and their experiences.

On her first morning in Zimbabwe last month, Kaitlin Beck, ’17, still jetlagged from her 25-hour journey the day before, walked into a meeting with a prominent women’s rights activist and learned the things her textbooks hadn’t taught her.

Claudia M. Flores
Brian Citro
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