Chicago Policy Initiatives

The Chicago Policy Initiatives, designed in the spirit of the Chicago Jury Project of the 1950’s, are one of the most ambitious of the recently expanded intellectual and practical programs underway at the Law School.

Court Reform in the Juvenile Justice System

The goal of this initiative is to develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot court process designed to enhance the developmental value (and minimize the developmental harm) of young people’s experience of the juvenile court process.

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International Best Standards for Guest Worker Programs

This initiative aims to draft international best standards for the design, and reform, of guest worker programs for low-skilled workers.

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Animal Law Policy Initiative (Concluded)

The Animal Law Policy Initiative, sponsored by the McCormick Companions' Fund, encouraged student and faculty research into legal issues surrounding companion animals.

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Foster Care to Adulthood (2005-2008)

This protocol, developed by students and Professor Emily Buss in the course of a workshop at the University of Chicago Law School, is designed to assist those interested in reforming the law and the legal process to improve foster youths’ transition from foster care to adulthood.

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Kanter Project on Mass Incarceration (2013)

Professor Bernard Harcourt's Kanter Project on Mass Incarceration focused on the problem of institutionalization in the United States and sought ways to successfully decarcerate the country. The project was organized around several different initiatives, ranging from collaborative efforts with other funding organizations to support work in this area, to public lectures, and conferences that brought together politicians, lawmakers, policymakers, social theorists, and academics. This project was completed in 2013. 

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