Craig B. Futterman

Craig B. Futterman

Clinical Professor of Law

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.

EDUCATION

Stanford Law School
JD, 1991

  • Lawyer for Social Change Program 
  • East Palo Alto Community Law Project
  • Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Recruiter, Bay Area Law School Conference
  • Mentor program

Northwestern University
BA in economics and sociology, 1988

  • Graduated with Highest Distinction
  • Honors in sociology
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Chicago Field Studies Program
  • Founded scholarship for Northwestern women
  • Organized Charity Race for New City Y.M.C.A.
  • Alpha Delta Phi fraternity
  • National Greek Leadership Award
  • Academic Research
    • Comparison between Public & Private Criminal Defense Attorneys, 1987-1988
    • Efficiency of the Criminal Justice System, 1988
    • Plea Bargaining in the Chicago Felony Courts, 1987
    • Residential Segregation by Race, 1987

EXPERIENCE

The University of Chicago Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, 2006-present
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 2003-2006
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2000-2003
Founder and Director of Civil Rights & Police Accountability Project, 2000-present

University of Chicago
Resident Master, 2016-present

Public Agency Training Council Indianapolis, IN 
Consultant/Trainer, 2013-present

Lake County Sheriff’s Department Crown Point, IN
Consultant, 2007-2008

Stanford Law School
Director of Public Interest Programs and Lecturer in Law, 1999-2000

Futterman & Howard, Chtd. Chicago, IL
Of Counsel, 1999-2012
Associate, 1994-1999 

Office of the Cook County Public Defender Chicago, IL
Trial Attorney, 1991-1994
Early Entry Unit, 1991-1994
Juvenile Delinquency Division, 1993-1994
Abuse and Neglect Division, 1991-1993

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Assistant, summer 1990

Stanford Law Professor Eric Wright
Assistant, 1989-1990

East Palo Alto Community Law Project East Palo Alto, CA
Student Steering Committee, 1988-1990

East Palo Alto Council of Tenants East Palo Alto, CA
Assistant, 1989-1990

Menlo-Atherton High School Mediation Program Atherton, CA
Staff, 1989-1990

Public Advocates, Inc./Homebase San Francisco, CA
Staff, summer 1989

Homeless Advocacy Project San Francisco, CA
Staff, summer 1989

Attorney Sam Adam Chicago, IL
Assistant, 1988

Genson, Steinbeck & Gillespie Chicago, IL
Assistant, 1988

Office of the Cook County Public Defender Chicago, IL
Assistant, summer 1987

Journal Articles

  • "Youth/Police Encounters On Chicago's South Side: Acknowledging The Realities," 2016 University of Chicago Legal Forum 125 (2016) (with Chaclyn Hunt & Jamie Kalven). cu
  • "Settlements You Can't Sign: Ethical Implications of Chicago's Machinery of Denial," 9 Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report 1 (2009) (with Jason E. Huber, Petersen & Pier). cu
  • "Use of Statistical Evidence to Address Police Supervisory and Disciplinary Practices: The Chicago Police Department's Broken System," 1 DePaul Journal for Social Justice 251 (2007) (with H. Melissa Mather & Melanie Miles). cu

Book Sections

  • "A Crack in the Wall of Denial: Challenging Chicago's Unethical Settlement Practices," in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, Steven Saltzman ed. (Thomson West, 2009). cu
  • "The Use of Statistical Evidence to Address Police Supervisory and Disciplinary Practices: The Chicago Police Department's Broken System," in Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report (Thomson West, 2008) (with H. Melissa Mather & Melanie Miles) (shortened version). cu
  • "The Use of Statistical Evidence to Address Police Supervisory and Disciplinary Practices: The Chicago Police Department's Broken System," in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, Steven Saltzman ed. (Thomson, 2007) (with H. Melissa Mather & Melanie Miles). cu
  • "Chapter 12," in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys' Fees Annual Handbook (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1996). cu

Working Papers

  • "'They Have All the Power': Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago's South Side," University of Chicago Public Law & Legal Theory Paper Series, No. 573 (2016) (with Chaclyn Hunt & Jamie Kalven). ssrn cu

Other Publications

  • "To Truly Reform Police, Give IPRA the Boot," Chicago Sun-Times, April 6, 2016 (with Sheila Bedi). www
  • "Police Abuse Allegations Finally Go Public," Chicago Sun-Times, July 18, 2014 (with Jamie Kalven, Jon Loevy & Flint Taylor). www

Graduation Speaker, Closing Remarks, University of Chicago, The College, International House, June 2017

Trainer, "Police Misconduct Investigations involving Minor Witnesses and Victims," Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Chicago, May 2017

Speaker, "Police and Community Relations: Fostering a Shared Vision for Safe Communities by Applying Principles from Prevention Science," Congressional Briefing, National Prevention Science Coalition, Washington DC, May 2017

Plenary Speaker, "Pushing on and Pushing through Tumultuous Times," Association of American Law Schools, 40th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Denver, May 2017

Panelist, "Clinics Promoting Police Accountability," Association of American Law, Schools, 40th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Denver, May 2017

Speaker, "Public Policy and the Rule of Law," University of Chicago, April 2017

Speaker, The University of Chicago's Community and Global Impact, Admitted Students Weekend, University of Chicago Law School, April 2017

Speaker, "Checks and Balancing Acts: Consensus, Constitutionality, Rule of Law," School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 2017

Presenter, Strategic Planning Meeting of Police Reform Experts, Legal Defense Fund, Washington DC (March 2017)

Lecture, Black Chicago Course, Professor Carla Shedd, Columbia University, March 2017

Guest, "Will Jeff Sessions Make Good on the Federal Government's Commitment to Address a Pattern of Civil Rights Violations in Chicago?" NPR, To the Point, Public Radio International, March 2017

Speaker, "The Assassination of Fred Hampton, and its Relevance to the Trump Era," Black Law Students Association, University of Chicago Law School, March 2017

Guest, "The Department of Justice Investigation of the Chicago Police," Wake Up with Solomon Jones at WURD in Philadelphia, March 2017

Speaker, "The Chicago Justice Report," Institute of Politics' News and Views, University of Chicago, February 2017

Panelist, "Chicago in the Crosshairs," MSNBC's Chicago Town Hall with Chris Hayes, February 2017

Guest Lecture, "Crime, Justice, and Inequality," University of Chicago, February 2017

Speaker, "Protect and Serve: Perspectives on 21st Century Policing," University of Georgia Law Review Symposium, University of Georgia School of Law, January 2017

Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on Police Accountability, University of Manchester, UK, January 2017

Speaker, Clinical Legal Education and Access to Justice Seminar, University of Manchester, UK, January 2017 

Speaker, "Why Must We Continue to Sing this Song?" 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago (with Bryan Stevenson), January 2017

Speaker, "Presenting a Collaborative Model of Public Interest Lawyering," Public Interest Law Society and American Constitution Society, University of Chicago Law School, December 2016

Speaker, "Opening Police Departments to the People," Arthur Kinoy People's Law Award, National Lawyers Guild, November 2016

Speaker, "Unconscious Bias: How Race Alters Our Perceptions," Stanford University-Chicago event, November  2016

Speaker, "Piercing the Blue Wall of Silence," Defenders Association, University of Chicago Law School, November 2016

Panelist, "The Future of Policing in America," Chicago Ideas Week, Museum of Contemporary Art, October 2016

Speaker, "Why I Do What I Do," Fenger Academy High School, Chicago, October 2016

Panelist, "Disseminating Our Message: Law School Communications," Visiting Committee, University of Chicago Law School, October 2016

Special Guest, "The Hutchins Plan," The Revival Improvisational Theater, Chicago, October 2016

"The Legitimate Use of Police Force? A Dialogue of Law and Practice," Illinois Programs for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, October 2016

"21st Century Policing: A Comprehensive Model to Rebuild Trust between Law Enforcement Agencies and the Communities They Protect and Serve," Federal Bureau of Investigation, September 2016

"The National Agenda for Police Reform: Acknowledging the Realities," University of Chicago Harper Lecture, San Diego, CA, September 2016

"Expert Subject Matter Witness, Police Oversight, A Plan for Change," Chicago City Council, August 2016

"The Agenda for Police Reform: Lessons Learned from Youth/Police Encounters," The Lawyers Club of Chicago, May 2016

Moderator, "Criminal Investigations into Official Misconduct," National Police Accountability Project, Chicago, May 2016

Moderator, "Transgender Bathroom Bills: Exploring the Legislative Landscape," University of Chicago Law School, May 2016

"The Politics of Policing," University of Chicago Democrats, Chicago, May 2016

"Police Accountability as a Public Health Issue," Rush Medical College, Chicago, May 2016

Panelist, "The City as Health Policy," Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 2016

Guest "Remaking Chicago: The City that Works on Social Change, University of Chicago, April 2016

"Clinics in Action: Police Reform in Chicago, University of Chicago Law School, April 2016

"They Have All the Power: Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago’s South Side," University of Chicago Harper Lecture, April 2016; University of Chicago Legal Forum, November 2015

"The Need for Independent Investigations of Police Misconduct: The Role of Community Oversight," Aldermanic Black and Latino Caucus, Chicago City Council, April2016

Interview, "How do High School Students View their Relationship with the Police?" WGN Radio, The Download, April 2016

Keynote Address, "Dismantling Institutional Racism," KAM Isaiah Israel, Chicago, April 2016

"No Bonfires–Preserving Evidence of Patterns of Police Misconduct," NAACP Community Forum, Chicago, March 2016

"Representing Children and Youth in Police Misconduct Cases–Asking for More than Money," National Police Accountability Project, New York City, March 2016

"Justice, Violence Reduction, and Police Practices," The Urban America Forward: Civil Rights National Conference, Washington D.C., March 2016

"Pursuing Police Accountability," Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL, February 2016

Panelist, "Deconstructing Criminal Justice and Race Issues," Black Law Students Association and Minorities in Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, February 2016

Workshop Leader, Race and Police, “Teach-In” on Racism and Activism, Center for Race, Politics, and Culture, University of Chicago, February 2016

"An Agenda for Law Reform: Lessons Learned from Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago’s South Side, DLA Piper LLP, U.S.), January 2016

"Fighting for Justice: A Conversation with Craig Futterman," Northwestern Law School’s Martin Luther King Dream Week, January 2016

Keynote Speaker, "Equal Justice in Law Enforcement Initiative," Atlanta Bar Association, January 2016

Panelist, "Covering Criminal Justice Reform in Illinois: From Sound Bites to Solutions, Role of the Media–Just the Messenger?" Robert McCormick Foundation, December 2015

Speaker, Criminal Justice Leadership Meeting of the NAACP, December 2015

Panelist, "Truth and Justice for All: Advancing Police and Community Accountability," Chicago Urban League Community Forum, December 2015

Guest, MSNBC All in with Chris Hayes, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, CNN Don Lemon Show, National Public Radio Morning Edition and All Things Considered,FOX-TV Good Day Chicago, ABC News, CBS News, BBC Television and Radio, WLSChicago Radio John Howell Show, Ian Masters Show, WCPT Chicago’s Progressive TalkRadio, WBEZ-Radio Morning Shift, Maryland, New York, and Boston Public Radio, WBAI Radio in New York, and WVON Radio Matt McGill Morning Show on Police Reform, November 2015-April 2016

Panelist, Simulation on Committee to End Racial Discrimination, University of Chicago Law School’s International Human Rights Seminar, November 2015

"Citizens Police Data Project," National Police Accountability Project, November 2015

"Police in America: Ensuring Accountability and Mitigating Racial Bias," Symposium for Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, November 2015

Keynote Speaker, dinner, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Policing the Police, The 2015 Legal Forum Symposium, November 2015

Panelist, "City/Cite´ A Transatlantic Exchange–Race and Youth in the Twenty-First Century Metropolis: A Comparative Reflection on the United States and France," University of Chicago Urban Network and Insitut Francais, November 2015

Guest Expert, BBC Up All Night, Homan Square, Chicago’s Black Site?, November 2015

Speaker and Working Group Leader, "Urban America Forward: Civil Rights Roundtable, Police Conduct, Justice, and Over-Incarceration," University of Chicago, Sep. 2015

"Impeachment of Adverse Witnesses at Trial," University of Chicago Law School September 2015

Presenter, "Perspectives on Race, Communities, and Policing in Twenty-First Century America," American Bar Foundation, Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, July 2015

"Beyond Watts and Ferguson: Reconciling Law Enforcement and Communities of Color," Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, July 2015

Featured Guest, Boston Public Radio, Morning Edition, Officials Consider Appeal in Ruling that a Boston Police Officer Get his Job Back, July 2015

Instructor, Police/Community Relations and Solving Crime, Public Agency Training Council, National Law Enforcement Training, Davie, Florida, June 2015

Moderator, "Inside the Justice Department’s Ferguson Probe with Civil Rights Chief Vanita Gupta," Institute of Politics, University of Chicago, June 2015

Participant, Urban America Forward, Civil Rights Roundtable One, Moving Toward a Majority-Minority America, University of Chicago, June 2015

Instructor, "Building Police-Community Trust," Public Agency Training Council, National Law Enforcement Training, Rutgers, N.J., May 2015

"The Power and Possibilities of a Police Misconduct Data Clearinghouse," University of Chicago Law School, May 2015)

Organizer, speaker, and panelist, National Youth/Police Conference, University of Chicago Law School, April 2015

"The State of Police Reform," First Unitarian Church of Chicago, April 2015

"The Social Meaning and Consequences of Youth/Police Encounters," University of Chicago High School Diversity Club, February 2015

"Justice for All?- A Campus-Wide Conversation on Race," Emerging Minds Project Community Conversation, University of Chicago, January 2015

Instructor, "The Relationship between Police Integrity, Accountability and Effectiveness in Solving Crime," Public Agency Training Council, Internal Affairs Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 2014

"Challenges to Students of Color in Law School," Black Law Students Association, University of Chicago Law School, November 2014

Participant, "Bending the Arc: Movement Politics Then and Now," Chicago, November 2014

Participant, "Arts and Public Life Initiative of the University of Chicago," Strategic Planning Meeting, November 2014

Panelist, "The Role of Litigation in the Movement for Police Reform," National Convening on Police Accountability, Open Society Foundations, New York, September 2014

"The Freedom of Information Act–How to Bring Sunshine to Public Records," National Lawyers Guild Conference, Chicago, September 2014

"Opening Police Departments to the Public," The Freedom of Information Act–Possibilities and Challenges to Building Public Trust with National Police Accountability Project, June 2014

"Police Corruption - The Special Operations Story," Public Agency Traning Council, Internal Affairs Conference, March 2014

"Addressing the Police Code of Silence: Improving Community Perception of Law Enforcement," Public Agency Training Council Internal Affairs Conference, December 2013 (instructor)

"Leading Police Accountability Issues in the United States," Delegation of International leaders from 21 countries hosted by the United States Department of State, November 2013

“Mass Incarceration and Race in America," Northwestern University Community Development Corps’ Lecture Series, November 2013

“Clinical Legal Education at the University of Chicago Law School," Black Law Students Association, November 2013

“Asset Forfeiture, and the United States Supreme Court,” University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, May 2013

“Women in Prison: Causes, Conditions and Consequences around the World,” University of Chicago Law School, May 2013 (expert panelist)

“The State of Police Reform,” University of Illinois-Chicago Department Of Criminology, April 2013

“The Legal Standards to Vacate a Federal Judgment on the Police Code of Silence,” WVON Radio Cliff Kelley Show; Matt McGill Morning Show; WLS/ABC Radio, December 2012 (featured guest)

“Honoring Legacy of Fallen Civil Rights Lawyer, Thomas Peters," University of Chicago Law School, November 2012 (keynote speaker)

“Discovery and Use of Police Disciplinary Records,” National Police Accountability Project with National Lawyers Guild, June 2012

Elizabeth I. Benson Award Honoring Mary Powers and Citizens Alert, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, June 2012

“My Kind of Town: A Discussion of Police Torture in Chicago,” Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago, May 2012

“First Amendment Issues: Mass Protest During the NATO Summit,” WGN Television, May 2012 (guest expert)

“Technology and Police Accountability,” Chicago Public Radio Eight Forty-Eight, May 2012 (featured guest)

"Race and Civil Rights," Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2012 (working group leader)

“Illinois State Police Gun Practices,” Dane Placko on Fox Television News, April 2012 (commentator)

“Jailed Cop Speaks Out About Murder Scandal,” Carol Marin on NBC Television, March 2012 (commentator)

Featured in documentary, Compelled into Action on ABC Television, March 2012 (commentator)

"How I Write," University of Chicago Law School, February 2012 (panelist)

"Civic Engagement", Martin Luther King Commemoration at Northwestern University, January 2012 (panelist)

“Race in the Obama Era: Observations from Eight Square Blocks of Chicago’s South Side," Chicago’s Best Ideas Series at University of Chicago Law School, November 2011

“Police Reform and Anti-Corruption Efforts in the United States," United States Department of State sponsored delegation of non-profit leaders from Indonesia, July 2011

"Policing the Police," U.S. Steps Up Enforcement on National Public Radio, June 2011 (commentator)

“Accessing Justice and Accountability in Policing: The Role of Law School Clinics," Windsor Law School, March 2011

“The United States Supreme Court and the Constitution," University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, February 2011

“American Policing and Accountability," U.S. Department of State sponsored delegation of Palestinian law enforcement in the West Bank, November 2010 

"Teach In: Knowing Your Rights," University of Chicago Office of Minority Student Affairs, May 2010  (expert panelist) 

“Race, Police, and the Constitution: A View From Eight Square Blocks of Chicago’s South Side,” University of Chicago, March 2010 

“Changing the World One Person at a Time,” Power of One Program at Solomon Schecter Middle School, January 2010 

“The Other Side with Charles Butler,” WVON Radio, October 2009 (featured guest)

“The Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in State and Federal Court,” University of Chicago Law School, September 2009 

Workshop on Ethical Issues in Settlement Negotiations, National Police Accountability Project, April 2009 (featured lecturer)

Fox News Investigation into Chicago’s Manipulation of Homicide Statistics, March 2009 (special guest expert)

“Should the Identities of the Police Officers Charged with the Most Abuse in the City be Released to the Public?,” WVON Radio Kendall Moore Show, March 2009  (guest expert)

“Strategies for Combating Police Brutality,” Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School, February 2009 (lecturer and workshop leader)

“Is the Hope Still Hollow: Can Courts Bring About Social Change?” University of Chicago Law School Black History Month Event, February 2009 (debate with Professor Gerald Rosenberg)

"Race and Criminal Justice Seminar," University of Chicago Law School, January 2009 (guest lecturer for Professor Randolph Stone's course)

“Race and Inequality: Chicago Stories,” Inauguration of Stanford Law School’s speaker series on Race, Law, and Inequality, December 2008 

“Police Accountability in Chicago: Has the Chicago Police Department Fixed its Broken Systems?” Civil Liberties Committee; Chicago Council of Lawyers, December 2008 

“Strategies to Address Prosecutorial Misconduct and Abuse of Power: The Role of the Juvenile Defender,” National Juvenile Leadership Summit, October 2008 (plenary) 

“The Machinery of Denial,” Sunday Forum at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, November 2008 

“Systemic Deficiencies in Police Internal Affairs Investigations: The Use of Statistical Evidence to Address Police Supervisory and Disciplinary Practices,” Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation seminar at Georgetown Law School, April 2008 

ABC 20/20 investigation into police code of silence, May 2008  (guest)

“Officer Herrera Goes Public,” CBS 60 Minutes, June 2008 (consultant)

“Why is it so Hard to Change the Status Quo: The Forces at Work,” Rebellious Lawyering Conference, June 2008 (panelist)

“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Examining and Exposing the Continuing Violence and Discrimination of the 21st Century,” University of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Commemoration, January 2008 (faculty panelist)

“Targeted Enforcement: Fair Housing and Law Enforcement,” Seminar sponsored by Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco, January 2008 (keynote speaker)

“Out of the Shadow: Clinical Legal Education, Mandel Clinic’s 50th Anniversary Symposium,” University of Chicago Law School, February 2008 (moderator)

Symposium on Independent Civilian Oversight of Police in Chicago, February 2008 (speaker)

“Hate Speech, Hate Crimes, the Klu Klux Klan, and the First Amendment,” Black Law Students Association and the ACLU chapters at University of Chicago Law School, winter 2008 (moderator)

“Proving a Monell Claim based on Systematic Deficiencies in Police Internal Affairs Investigations,” Seminar on Advanced Issues in Police Misconduct Litigation with National Police Accountability Project, November 2007 

“The Dream or the Broken Promise? African-Americans, the Police, and Our Constitution,” Roger Williams School of Law Martin Luther King Holiday celebration, January 2007 (keynote)

“Above the Law,” CBS News Special Investigative Report, April 2007 (featured commentator)

“Police Oversight in Chicago - A Portrait of Impunity,” University of Illinois-Chicago’s Symposium on Independent Civilian Oversight of Police in Chicago, February 2007 

"Who Should Police the Police?," CAN-TV special, March 2007 (featured guest)

“26 North Halsted,” WCIU-TV Chicago, April 2007 (featured guest)

“Race and Policing: Stories from our Criminal Justice System,” Northeastern University Center for Inner City Studies, November 2006

"Clinical Legal Education in the 21st Century," DePaul Law School faculty, November 2006 

“The Regime of Not Knowing,” Work in Progress Workshop at University of Chicago Law School

“Constitutional Law Through the Eyes of Black America: From Dred Scott to Hurricane Katrina,” American Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting, 2006

“The Tie that Binds: Identifying the Roots of Community Consciousness in the Legal Profession,” National Black Law Students Association Convention, 2006

“Getting Police Accountability on the National Agenda,” Annual NAACP Convention, 2005

“Best Practices to Promote Integrity and Accountability and the University Police Department,” Provost’s Initiative on Minority Issues Workshop at the University of Chicago

“Creative Approaches to Juvenile Defense: Police Misconduct and The ‘Drop’ Case,” National Juvenile Defender Summit, 2004

"A Second Look at the Office of Professional Standards," National Public Radio (featured guest)

"Policing Public Housing," Northwestern Law School

"Community, Cops, & Culture: A Public Housing Community's Struggle for Justice & Accountability," Chicago Plaza Club

"When the Police Step Out of Bounds: Issues of Race, Class & Accountability," Unitarian Church of Hyde Park 

"Putting Justice in the Criminal Justice System," inaugural event of American Constitution Society at the University of Chicago Law School

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Clinical Legal Education Section
  • Clinical Legal Education Association 
  • National Lawyers Guild; National Police Accountability  Project
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Bar admissions, Illinois, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 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 (2004-2005)
  • 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)

SERVICE

  • Advisory Board, Strategies for Youth (2010-present)
  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (2005-present)
  • Positive Anti-Crime Thrust, Advisory Board (2003-present)
  • Advisory Board, First Defense Legal Aid (2000-present)
  • Advisor, nominations to the United States Supreme Court
  • Governor's Task Force on Racial Profiling (2005-2006)
  • Midwest Leadership Summit on the Voting Rights Act, Host Committee Member (2005-2006)
  • Advisory BoardFreshstart Academy for Ex-Offenders (2004-2006)
  • Founding Board member, Family Dynamics, Inc. (1996-1999)
  • Vice Chair, Illinois Racial Profiling Prevention and Data Oversight Board 
  • Commissioner, Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission
  • Youth/Police Project, Harper High School and other CPS high schools
  • Faculty afiliate, University of Chicago Center of the Study for Race, Politics, and Culture
  • Founder, Stateway Civil Rights Project
  • Co-creator, View from the Ground
  • Chicago Coalition for Police Accountability
  • Community Police Relations Information Center
  • Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago, Steering Committee, Police Accountability Reform Committee
  • N.A.A.C.P., Operation Rainbow PUSH, Citizens Alert, and the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Cook County Public Defender's Speaker's Bureau

EVENTS

  • Organizer, panel of public housing residents to speak at Law School about public safety and police accountability issues in public housing
  • Organizer, Defending Against Section 1983 Police Misconduct Lawsuits: The Police Perspective Seminar
  • Sponsor and organizer, lectures on Criminal Interrogations; Police Accountability and Community Justice: The Next Steps for Reform; and Comparative Police Disciplinary Systems
  • Organizer and moderator, Chicago Law & Society panel on Police Accountability

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Speaker, Coalition to End Police Torture and Brutality 
  • Cycle Tutoring Program