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January 21: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum - Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department

A panel of experts will address allegations of police misconduct and civil rights violations, calls for reform, and the fallout in the police department, City Hall and Springfield at Chicago-Kent's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forum on Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department. The forum will be held Thursday, January 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Chicago-Kent's Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Professor Daniel Coyne will moderate the discussion. Recently, Professor Coyne and six of his students reviewed the claims of individuals allegedly tortured by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates between 1972 and 1991 to determine whether those individuals are eligible for compensation under Chicago's Burge Reparations Ordinance.

Additional speakers include:

  • Martin Gould '14, an associate at Romanucci & Blandin LLC, who filed a lawsuit for the ACLU that helped change the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures
  • David A. Harris, professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a leading national expert in racial profiling
  • Jeanette Samuels '13, principal attorney at Samuels & Associates Ltd. and a longtime civil rights activist
  • Karen Sheley, senior staff counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
  • Matthew Topic '06, an attorney at Loevy & Loevy, whose practice includes government transparency/freedom of information matters as well as intellectual property law

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register online to reserve a spot.

Chicago-Kent presents this lecture in cooperation with the Office of Institutional Advancement; the Young Alumni Council; Office of the Dean; Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development; Office of Continuing Legal Education; Student Bar Association; Black Law Students Association; Asian Pacific Law Students Association; Hispanic Latino Law Students Association; South Asian Law Students Association; the Federalist Society; National Lawyers Guild; and the American Constitution Society.

 

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