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

For 43 years, Andy Austin had a front row seat to Chicago's most important courtroom proceedings, including the trial of Chicago Seven, now featured in a hit Netflix film. The result? Over 3,000 ...

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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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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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CWC Celebrates Freedom for Three Clients in Eight Days

Over the course of just over a week in January, three clients represented by the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) — Eric Blackmon, Patrick Pursley, and Huwe Burton — were ...

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Making a Murderer: How Brendan Dassey’s Case is Making a Difference

With Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider When cases like Brendan Dassey’s are examined, many see a pressing need to rethink the definition of coercion and the law of voluntariness, ...

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Bluhm Legal Clinic Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Year With Eye Toward the Future

“It’s a passionate public spirit that has really motivated our students and faculty to do the wonderful things they have done, and we keep that spirit by remaining engaged in the most difficulty ...

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“Making a Murderer” Part 2: Q&A with Brendan Dassey’s Attorneys, Professors Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider

In late 2015, the docuseries Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix, quickly becoming a worldwide sensation. The series featured the case of Brendan Dassey, a client of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s ...

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