Debra Loevy graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995, having completed her undergraduate work at Wesleyan University with a B.A. in history in 1992. After law school Debra spent years addressing poverty law issues at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and at Vermont Legal Aid. Debra also spent several years focusing on criminal defense appeals at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender. She joined Loevy & Loevy in 2007, with a practice concentrated primarily on appeals. Debra is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Northern District Court of Illinois, the District Court of Vermont, and the Northern District Court of Ohio.

Bar Admissions

• U.S. Supreme Court
• U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

• U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
• U.S. District Court District of Vermont
• Supreme Court of Illinois
• Illinois

• Massachusetts

 

The University of Michigan Law School
• J.D. – 1995
cum laude

Wesleyan University
• B.A. – 1992
• History

Clerkships & Past Employment

• Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

• Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender

People v. Ware (Illinois Appellate Court) Appellate counsel for Marvin Ware, who seeks to reinstate his post-conviction petition demonstrating that DNA evidence proves his innocence. Mr. Ware’s petition was dismissed without a hearing, despite compelling evidence of his innocence. The Illinois Appellate Court has reversed that dismissal.

Hurt v. Wise (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) Appellate counsel for plaintiffs who, as teenagers, were falsely accused of murder. The defendant police officers have argued that they are entitled to qualified immunity for coercing false confessions from plaintiffs. Appeal pending.

Henry v. Hulett (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) Appellate counsel for a class of plaintiffs who were subjected to extremely degrading prison strip and body cavity searches as a cadet training exercise. The appeal explores the extent and contours of prisoners’ Fourth Amendment rights. Appeal pending.