Craig B. Futterman
Prior to his 2000 appointment to the Law School faculty, Craig Futterman was the Director of Public Interest Programs and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He graduated with the highest distinction from Northwestern University in 1988, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and economics. He then graduated from Stanford Law School in 1991. Following law school, he was a trial attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Public Defender's Office. In 1994, he joined Futterman & Howard, Chtd., a boutique Chicago law firm concentrating on complex federal litigation. There, Mr. Futterman specialized in civil rights lawsuits, focusing on matters involving police brutality and racial discrimination. He has litigated a number of noteworthy cases, including Jaffee v. Redmond, 116 S.Ct. 1923, a federal civil rights suit, where Mr. Futterman successfully represented the family of an African American father shot and killed by a suburban police officer. The case also created a federal evidentiary privilege for psychotherapists and their patients. He additionally litigated People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education, 851 F.Supp. 905 (N.D.Ill. 1994); 90 F.3d 1307 (7th Cir. 1996), 171 F.3d 1083 (7th Cir. 1999), a class action Constitutional lawsuit that demonstrated a decades-long pattern of educational discrimination and segregation which permeated almost every aspect of Rockford's school system.
Mr. Futterman founded the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic in Fall 2000.