The Advocate

May 11, 2015

CHICAGO – The United States District Court’s Fifteenth Annual Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2015, in the James Benton Parsons Memorial Courtroom (2525) of the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse...

May 6, 2015

Professor Herschella Conyers is a committed advocate fighting to protect the rights of juveniles. She was an early volunteer and trainer for FDLA. In 1993, Ms. Conyers was appointed to the University of Chicago’s Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic to help develop the Criminal and Juvenile Justice...

May 5, 2015

An environmental group and a law clinic have petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to...

May 4, 2015

Shell has understated the financial risks of exploring for oil in the Arctic Ocean and federal regulators should investigate possible misrepresentations to investors, critics of the drilling plan said Tuesday.

May 4, 2015

The final panel, in which all panelists and the audience participated, was devoted to a discussion of next steps and prescriptive strategies for addressing the issues explored in the course of the conference.

Moderator: Emmitt House, Youth/Police Project

This panel discussion was...

May 4, 2015

Many view strained relations between police and minority youth as difficult if not impossible to change. They see the status quo as intractable. What is the impact of such attitudes? Is there reason to believe that relations can improve? What do constructive youth/police relations look like? How...

May 4, 2015

Why does police accountability matter in this context? How does the knowledge that severe abuses—brutality, sexual assault, false arrest, even death—have gone unpunished inform and shape encounters between youth and police? What are the costs and harms of the absence of accountability? How does...

May 4, 2015

Every day we put police officers in what often feels like an impossible situation: Get gangs, guns, and drugs off our streets. Keep us safe from violence. At the same time, there is widespread criticism of the practice of stopping and searching Black youth as a crime-fighting tactic. How do...

May 4, 2015

How do these encounters, and the contexts in which they occur, shape the attitudes and identities of African-American youth—the way they see themselves and their place in the world? How do these encounters affect their orientation toward law enforcement? How do these encounters affect their...

May 4, 2015

Countless interactions occur daily in urban America between Black youth and police. An encounter between a police officer engaged in a legitimate investigative mission and a teen innocent of any wrongdoing can be fraught. It can go wrong in a variety of ways, often with major consequences for...