Chicago Lawyer Magazine Highlights Mandel Clinic
Dana M. Davenport was just a second-year law student at the University of Chicago Law School when she began using the law to make a difference in the lives of others.
She had started to work with the school's Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, and one of her first cases was the classic example of an adolescent being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Her 17-year-old client was charged with being an accessory to armed robbery - even though he never held a gun during the incident, Davenport said.
She helped represent the teen, who was charged as an adult, and eventually persuaded him to participate in the four-month Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp instead of going to jail for three months.
His co-defendant argued that three months of jail was better than four months of boot camp, but Davenport stressed the life ski