The Advocate

March 18, 2011

After 25 years behind bars, Eric Caine walked out from behind the stark stone walls of Menard Correctional Center a free man Thursday, all smiles in the warm sun.

"Let me breathe the air," he said, his big grin framed by a thin gray mustache. "Today is the first day of the rest of my...

January 18, 2011

This summer the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, the Immigrant Children’s Advocacy Project, the Exoneration Project and the Edwin F.

January 11, 2011

It’s too soon to know, of course, whether Jared Loughner will invoke an insanity defense during his trial.

But press accounts have noted behavior that seems strange, if not downright insane. Case in point: His rather incoherent rantings about the evils of America’s currency and...

January 10, 2011

I know enough to know what I don't know, and then I turn to the experts. Prof. Mark Heyrman has taught at The University of Chicago Law School's Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic since 1978, where he supervises students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental...

November 29, 2010

Americans from coast to coast are gathering together with family this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, feasting on staples like turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie. In Chicago, we also delight in a delicious local treat: Jim Mullen's ...

November 15, 2010

So many Chicagoans are out of work.  So why do Chicago and Illinois laws continue to make it so difficult for people to start a business that creates jobs?  And why do they make job creation hardest for the very people who need these opportunities the most—the poor?

October 21, 2010

In 2008, the Federal Criminal Justice Project was new to the Law School's Mandel Legal Aid Clinic--and was a new concept to the clinic world in general.

October 14, 2010

Crain's ChicagoBusiness recently sat down with the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship's Beth Milnikel to discuss the Clinic's soon-to-be-released report the perils of red tape in starting a small business in Chicago. Video is embedded below....

July 30, 2010

There's an old saying that law school doesn't teach you how to be a lawyer, just how to think like one. The adage has an uncomfortable ring of truth that has become a hot-button issue among legal educators.

June 8, 2010

The Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project began representing Italo Sanders when he was 16 years old, accused of killing a man based on the word of a 7-year-old eyewitness in Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes.