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Craig B. Futterman : Additional Activities


Clinical Legal Education Association's Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Project, 2004
Grant from The Women's Board of the University of Chicago to support work of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, 2004-05
Appreciation Award from Stateway Gardens community, 2004
Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago's Campaign of the Year Award for advocacy to appoint Special Prosecutor to investigate police torture in Chicago, 2002


Harper High School
Created a journalism and civil rights project within Harper High School in  Chicago’s Englewood community, to improve relations between youth and police.

Stateway Civil Rights Project
Founded human rights documentation, advocacy, and self-help program in community consisting of largest concentration of public housing and poverty in the nation.

View from the Ground
Created web-based publication dimension to Stateway human rights documentation program with author Jamie Kalven.

Chicago Coalition for Police Accountability
Worked with coalition on advocacy around legislative reforms to improve police accountability in Chicago.

Community Police Relations Information Center
Formed partnership with law enforcement, attorneys, and community groups around the creation of an informational system that allows for the analysis of patterns and practices of police misconduct in Chicago.

Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago, Steering Committee, Police Accountability Reform Committee
Drafted series of police policies to enhance the law enforcement integrity, professionalism, and accountability, and to end racial profiling. Proposed policies, many of which have now been implemented by law enforcement, have been centerpiece of Chicago reform-based advocacy. Received 2002 campaign of the year award for successful court petition to appoint independent prosecutor to investigate decades of Chicago police torture.

N.A.A.C.P., Operation Rainbow PUSH, Citizens Alert, and the American Civil Liberties Union
Formed partnership to provide free legal advice to persons regarding police accountability issues.

Strategies for Youth, Advisory Board, 2010-present

First Defense Legal Aid, Advisory Board, 2000-present

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 2005-present
Advisor related to nominations to the United States Supreme Court.

Governor's Task Force on Racial Profiling, 2005-06
Developed Illinois legislation and policy on data collection to identify racial profiling.

Midwest Leadership Summit on the Voting Rights Act, Host Committee Member, 2005-06

Positive Anti-Crime Thrust, Advisory Board, 2003-present

Freshstart Academy for Ex-Offenders, Advisory Board, 2004-2006

Family Dynamics, Inc., 1996-99
Founding Board member of nonprofit African American child welfare agency serving the west side of Chicago through the provision of comprehensive and integrated social services.

Chicago Bar Association
Criminal law, civil rights, and juvenile justice committees; domestic violence sub-committee which created program to assist victims of domestic violence to obtain orders of protection in juvenile court; supervised attorneys from large Chicago law firms participating in Volunteer Attorney Program in Juvenile court.

Coalition to End Police Torture and Brutality -- A Project of Citizens Alert, Active member

Regular Speaker at community organizations and local high schools regarding police community relations, individual rights and responsibilities in encounters with law enforcement, police accountability, and careers in the law and public service.

Mentor to a number of young men and women on the West Side of Chicago.

Cook County Public Defender's Speaker's Bureau
Spoke and led seminars in Chicago public schools around issues of youth and criminal law.

Law Day
Mentored high school students from underprivileged backgrounds who have an interest in the law.

Cycle Tutoring Program
Tutored and counseled students from the Cabrini-Green housing complexes.

Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who Among America’s Lawyers.

Coach to girls’ softball and soccer teams, 2005-present