Rachel is a partner at Loevy & Loevy. She joined Loevy & Loevy in 2017 as a Justice Fellow.
Rachel represents clients who have been wrongfully convicted and who have experienced unconstitutional conditions of confinement and medical care while incarcerated. Rachel has also successfully litigated certificates of innocence on behalf of clients throughout Illinois, including in the Illinois Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Rachel clerked at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a Skadden Fellow at Equip For Equality, in Chicago, where she represented incarcerated youth to obtain special education services. During law school, Rachel worked at the ACLU of Illinois, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Chicago Environmental Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Rachel taught middle school math and science on Chicago’s southwest side.
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Chicago-Kent College of Law
• J.D. magna cum laude, Certificate in Public Interest Law
• Order of the Coif, Justice John Paul Stevens Fellow, Kent Legal Scholar, Edmund W. Burke Award for Excellence in Forensic Oratory
• M.A., Teaching
• B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude
• People v. Palmer (Circuit Court of Macon County, Illinois/Ill.App.4th/Illinois Supreme Court). Litigation and appellate counsel in petition for certificate of innocence for Charles Palmer, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years before being exonerated based on DNA evidence. Briefed, argued, and won issue of first impression in Illinois Supreme Court. Unanimous ruling that Mr. Palmer was entitled to a certificate of innocence.
• Johnson and Miller v. Hartshorn (C.D. Ill.). Litigation counsel in related cases involving a woman who was forced to give birth in her jail cell without any medical attention. Settlement for plaintiffs.
• Montanez v. Guevara (N.D. Ill.). Litigation counsel for Mr. Montanez, who spent 23 years wrongfully incarcerated, resulting in settlement with Chicago of over $10 million.
• Rivera v. Guevara (N.D. Ill.). Trial counsel for Jacques Rivera, who was wrongfully convicted and spent over 20 years in prison as a result of police misconduct. $17 million verdict for Mr. Rivera
• Bost v. Wexford Health Sources (D.Md.). Counsel for family of Fatima Neal, who died at a county jail as a result of alleged denial of medical care. Case against individual defendants settled for $3 million. Case against Wexford Health Sources pending.
• People v. Coleman (Circuit Court of Cook Cty., Illinois). Successfully petitioned for certificate of innocence for Nevest Coleman, who was wrongfully incarcerated for more than 20 years before exoneration based on DNA.