The Education Part of Special Education

  The Supreme Court will soon decide a case that is likely to dramatically change our country’s special education system. The Court is poised to decide whether school districts are required to provide disabled students with a meaningful education. That ruling, coupled with the priorities of Trump and his proposed education secretary Betsy DeVos (who is… Read More

Racism in Blue

Just before Trump’s inauguration, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Report summarizing its recent investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which resulted in many important findings. The Report discusses the police department’s pattern and practice of using excessive force, including rampant and unwarranted police shootings, profoundly unethical police practices, and a… Read More

MLK Day and You

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. On Martin Luther King Day, let’s all think about how we can contribute to fighting injustice. Dr. King’s legacy often focuses on his efforts as peace-maker. Many forget that King’s struggles were against political and societal tyranny. He was thought of as… Read More

Federal Suit Challenges Chicago Police Use of “Stingray” Spying Devices

Attorneys for long-time National Lawyers Guild legal observer Jerry Boyle filed suit in federal court today to challenge the sweeping use of “Stingray” cell phone spying devices by Chicago Police. The suit, which aims to be certified as a class action, alleges that the stingray devices are frequently used without warrants or any official guidance,… Read More

Criminal Justice Reform Under Trump

With the passing of the presidential torch just days away, I’m mindful of the sharp contrast between President Obama’s criminal justice priorities and what we can expect from our new, incoming president. As we embark on the Trump years, we should pay attention to an important lesson from the Obama era about the disconnect between… Read More