The Advocate

June 27, 2014

Gideon’s Promise announced its Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) 2014 class – a group of 15 recent law school graduates poised to join a growing movement of public defenders committed to transforming criminal justice.

June 27, 2014

With a suddenness that has caught even the most seasoned unaware, waves of children from Central America are crossing the border. Most of them are on their own., without their parents, so many that the President has declared it an “urgent humanitarian situation.”   

June 13, 2014

More than two decades after 11-year-old Holly Staker was raped and killed in what became one of Lake County's most contentious prosecutions, DNA evidence from her 1992 case has been matched to a potential suspect in a second slaying that took place nearly a decade later, attorneys said Tuesday...

June 11, 2014

Professor Alison Siegler, Founder and Director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, will be honored today with the Ruth Goldman Award from the...

June 3, 2014

One of the arguments abortion opponents make, in favor of restricting the procedure, is that parents use it to select the sex of their babies. Here’s Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona at a 2011 Congressional hearing, talking about more boy babies being...

May 28, 2014

Five Civil Rights & Police Accountability Clinic students, Pedro Gerson, Matt Streit, Catherine Sullivan, Joshua Burday, and Ian Todd, won a nearly $900,000 jury verdict in a week-long federal civil rights trial, involving a...

May 22, 2014

Federal sting operations that lure suspects into robbing fictional drug "stash houses" may be biased in their targeting of racial minorities. Nearly 100 people have been charged with these crimes in the Chicago area in the last eight years and only eight of those people arrested were white. That...

May 15, 2014

In the trenches of the fight for U.S. immigration reform is Oak Parker Maria Woltjen.

With a dedicated staff of about 80 volunteer bi-lingual guardians ad litem (Child Advocates), she is fervently standing up as the federal immigration system for the best...