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Juvenile Justice During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With Julie L. Biehl A criminal record can be an economic life sentence for those attempting to re-enter society. The cost of one year of incarceration of a child exceeds that of a four-year ...

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Clinic Attorneys Accelerate COVID-19 Mass Prison Release Efforts

While social distancing has become commonplace to stop the spread of the coronavirus in much of society, it’s virtually impossible to maintain in prison, and attorneys at Northwestern Pritzker ...

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Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Names New Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is pleased to announce that Robin Walker Sterling will join the faculty as a Clinical Professor and become the new director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic and ...

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Decades of Court Sketches Find a Home in the Pritzker Legal Research Center

In the summer of 1969, Andy Austin, a mother of school-age children and former art school student, was bored of drawing at home, so she began wandering Chicago in search of artistic inspiration. ...

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Solitary Confinement: Calling for Change in American Prisons

With David Shapiro and Daniel Greenfield Incarceration is the primary form of criminal punishment in the US today, and approximately 80,000 American prisoners are in some form of solitary ...

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The Bluhm Legal Clinic: Celebrating 50 years of Clinical Legal Education

With Thomas Geraghty As Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic approaches its 50th anniversary, Planet Lex host Vice Dean Jim Speta talks with Thomas Geraghty, the Clinic’s ...

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Broken System: Law Review Symposium Shines a Light on Solitary Confinement

Imagine being stuck in a six-by-eight foot cell for 23 hours a day. No human contact. No light. Filth everywhere. That’s the picture many of the panelists painted during the 2019 Northwestern ...

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The Bluhm Legal Clinic Turns 50: A Look Back

In the late 1960s, inspired by the civil rights movement, a small group of law students proposed starting a clinic to provide legal services to Chicago’s underserved communities. Over the next 50 ...

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Seeking Asylum: Reality at the US / Mexico Border

With Professor Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe Late last year, all anyone could seem to talk about was the migrant caravan approaching the U.S. / Mexico border. Yet, despite all the coverage and ...

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