Public Service and Public Interest Law

PILS Presents: Illinois Legal Aid Online LiveHelp Training

Room IV

Still looking for ways to earn pro bono hours? Staff from Illinois Legal Aid Online will be conducting a training session for students interested in volunteering for LiveHelp, a service that connects people looking for legal information on with a remotely located LiveHelp operator for assistance.

Dramatic New LRAP Offers Chicago Law Graduates in Public Interest Careers Unparalleled Support

Dramatic New LRAP Offers Chicago Law Graduates in Public Interest Careers Unparalleled Support
Law School Office of Communications
March 11, 2011

The University of Chicago Law School today announced a complete redesign of its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), making it the most generous program of its kind.

Michael H. Schill

Bernard Harcourt, "The Illusion of Free Markets: Laissez faire and Mass Incarceration"

It is widely believed today that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. Just as fundamental is the belief that government has a legitimate and competent role in policing and punishing. The result, in this country, has been an incendiary combination of laissez faire and mass incarceration.

60:34 minutes (55.46 MB)

Paul Smith, "The Current Status of Litigation to Promote LGBT Rights"

Fresh from his oral argument before the Supreme Court in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association (a First Amendment challenge to California's ban on the sale of "violent" video games to minors and the topic for the moot court competition in the fall), Mr. Smith will survey cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; Proposition 8; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; and more.

55:24 minutes (50.73 MB)

Susan Curry Discusses Chicago's Expanded Public Interest Program

Chicago Expands Its Public Service Offerings
Susan J. Curry
February 25, 2011

If you are like me, when you think of The University of Chicago Law School, you envision a learning environment characterized by intense intellectual and academic engagement. That intensity is what makes Chicago unique among the nation’s law schools and it’s often used as a descriptor for both our faculty and our students.

ACS Presents: Professor Adam Cox on Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act

Room III

Professor Cox will discuss the upcoming decennial redistricting and recent legal developments concerning the Voting Rights Act

The Criminal Law Society presents Steve Mills on the Criminal Justice System and the Media

Law School Room I

Steve Mills has been a reporter for the Chicago Tribune since 1994.  He has written about the death penalty, miscarriages of justice, and other problems in the criminal justice system.

BLSA Presents: Life as a Young Public Service Advocate

Room I

Join BLSA in welcoming Jessica Pamon, Assistant Defender for the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender, for a lunch talk on "Life as a Young Public Service Advocate." Lunch provided.

OCS Presents: How to Make the Most of the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC)

Room D

If you have secured interviews for MPILCC or will be attending the Table Talk portion of the conference, please join us for this informational program. Conference logistics and strategies for making the most of Table Talk will be discussed. All students are welcome. Students need not have registered for MPILCC to attend Table Talk.

APALSA, BLSA, and Outlaw present "Sticks, Stones, and the Constitution: The Regulation of Hate Speech"

Room IV, Law School

"Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

It's unclear, in this day and age, whether or not this adage still holds true.  Join Prof. Geoffrey Stone and Prof. Alexander Tsesis (of Loyola) as they debate the merits-- and the dangers-- of hate speech regulation and the constitution.

Lunch Provided.

Geoffrey R. Stone
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