Civil Rights Clinic
Yearlong: 8 credits (4 credits per semester)
The Civil Rights Clinic focuses on civil rights cases involving police or prison misconduct as well other claims involving race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Typically, these cases include physical brutality, sexual abuse, false arrests and imprisonment, and/or illegal searches by law enforcement officials. In this clinic, you are actively involved in litigating civil rights cases. You are expected to interview plaintiffs, witnesses and potential new clients; develop the theory of a case; research and draft legal briefs, motions and written discovery; take and defend depositions; find and work with expert witnesses; and attend court appearances, hearings and trial. The clinic also provides opportunities to learn necessary substantive law, including Section 1983 case law, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence, as well as to learn the practical skills needed to successfully litigate civil rights cases.
Joey Mogul is an adjunct professor for the Civil Rights clinic and an partner at the People's Law Office. She specializes in civil rights cases involving police misconduct, criminal cases brought against individuals engaged in street demonstrations and other forms of First Amendment expression, and capital defense cases. She handles all stages of litigation, from trial preparation through trial, appeal and post-conviction proceedings. She has been actively engaged in the litigation and community organizing around the Chicago Police torture cases, recently presenting these cases to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006. She is one of the attorneys representing the class of 800 individuals wrongfully arrested and detained at an anti-war protest on March 20, 2003. She previously represented Miguel Castillo in post-conviction proceedings overturning his wrongful convicti on for a murder he did not commit and obtaining a pardon on the basis of his innocence. She subsequently represented him in his civil wrongful conviction case which settled for $1.2 million.