Adair Crosley joined the Prisoners’ Rights Project at Loevy & Loevy in 2018.  Before joining Loevy & Loevy, she was an assistant public defender in Cook County for nearly six years.  During that time, she represented indigent criminal defendants charged with misdemeanors and felonies, ranging from retail theft to murder, at all stages of criminal defense from bond hearings through jury trials and post-trial motions.  Prior to that, she was an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago.  During her tenure there, she argued in front of the Seventh Circuit on the issue of criminal entrapment.

Adair graduated cum laude from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2010.  In law school, she served as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.   She also was a clinical student in the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and held leaderships positions in the Public Interest Law Group and the law school’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.  Adair was also an intern at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender and an extern at the Office of State Appellate Defender.

Adair formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of First Defense Legal Aid, an organization that provides free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights.  Adair has taught as an Adjunct at The John Marshall Law School.

Prior to law school, Adair did graduate work in Sociology and Demography.

  • University of Pennsylvania – B.A. Economics 2001 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Pennsylvania – M.A. Demography 2003
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law – J.D. 2010 cum laude

Jackson v. Birkey, et al., Case No. 2014-cv-1108 (C.D. Ill.): Trial counsel for Joel Jackson, who alleged that Defendants’ deliberate indifference to his constitutional rights led to him losing parts of four fingers while working at his job in the Illinois River Correctional Center’s industrial baker. Case resulted in a jury verdict against Defendants for $350,000 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages.

 Nicolas v. Berry, et al., (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois) Trial counsel for Osbaldo José-Nicolas, who was beaten by prison staff and ignored by medical staff at a southern Illinois prison. Jury returned a $252,100 verdict, including significant punitive damages.