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Leonard L. Cavise

DePaul Law Professor Leonard L. Cavise 
Emeritus Professor of Law; Founding Director, Center for Public Interest Law 

Professor Cavise was a member of the DePaul University College of Law faculty for 31 years. He founded several programs at the college including the Center for Public Interest Law, the Lawyering Skills Program, and the Chiapas Human Rights Practicum, which remain integral parts of DePaul academic life. He taught a wide variety of courses, including Evidence, Criminal Law, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy and Comparative Criminal Procedure, and he was an early advocate of skills and value-based learning. He has very broad international experience, as a founding member of the DePaul International Human Rights Institute and director of the Americas Program and serving as a visiting professor in a many countries of Europe and Latin America, including four times as the Fresco Foundation Scholar at the University of Genoa Law School. He conducted training programs for several governmental and non-governmental organizations in many countries in Central and South America and Palestine. He served as faculty in summer programs in Costa Rica, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria and China. He also served on the faculties of the University of Miami School of Law and the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law.

Professor Cavise was a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission in Haiti to Reform the Criminal Law and Procedure Codes. He is a commissioner of the Illinois Torture and Relief Inquiry Commission. His scholarly work focused on international criminal procedure and trial rights of U.S. criminal defendants.

Professor Cavise was frequently interviewed in print and television media, twice winning a DePaul Media Star Award and the media relations’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He received DePaul’s Outstanding Teacher Award three times, along with a DePaul service award. The Chicago Bar Association presented him with the Leonard Shrager Award for “significant and lasting contributions to improve access to justice for the less fortunate.” He received the Arthur Kinoy Award from the National Lawyers Guild for his “commitment to the struggle for justice and global equality and for his tireless mentorship of the next generation of peoples’ lawyers.” When he assumed emeritus status, DePaul honored him with a Via Sapientiae Award, the highest academic award of DePaul University, given to faculty for “distinctive and extraordinary contributions to the university throughout their professional lives.”


BA, Hamilton college; JD, Georgetown University


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2013 Post-Earthquake Legal Reform in Haiti: In On The Ground Floor, 38 Brook. J. Int'l L. 879 (2013). string;#Click Here
2008 In the West Bank and Gaza: moving towards nationhood with a Code of Judicial Ethics, 47 (1) Judges J. 29 (2008). string;#Click Here
2007 Essay: The Transition from the Inquisitorial to the Accusatorial System of Trial Procedure: Why Some Latin American Lawyers Hesitate, 53(2) Wayne L. Rev. 785 (Summer 2007). string;#Click Here
1999 The Batson Doctrine: The Supreme Court's Utter Failure to Meet the Challenge of Discrimination in Jury Selection, 1999 Wis. L.Rev. 501 (1999). string;#Click Here
1994 NAFTA Rebellion - How the Small Village of Chiapas is Fighting for its Life, 21 Hum. Rts. 36 (Fall 1994). string;#Click Here
1992 Ensuring the Right to Effective Counsel for the Defense in the United States, 63 Rev. Int'l de Droit Penal 785 (1992). string;#
1989 Human Rights Considerations in the Trial Phase of the American Criminal Case, 8 Nouvelles Etudes Penales (1989). string;#
1988 With Bradley J. Martin, Evidence, 1986-1987 Illinois Law Survey, 19 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 471 (1988). string;#Click Here
1986 With Scott C. Tomassi, Evidence, 1985-1986 Illinois Law Survey, 18 Loy. U.Chi. L.J. 521 (1986). string;#Click Here
1985 The New Bail Statute in Illinois: Preventive Detention by Any Other Name. . ., 10 S. Ill. U.L.J. 631 (1985). string;#Click Here


1997 Supplement 1997, Expert Witnesses: Direct and Cross-Examination (J. Wiley, 1987). string;#

Book Chapters

2007 Jury Trials in the United States: Procedural Rights, in Proceedings of The International Conference on Criminal Procedure Law: Challenges in the Century (Centro de Formacao Juridica e Judiciaria, Macao, China, 2007). string;#
2004 Trial Rights and Procedures, in Illinois Criminal Procedure (Ralph Ruebner ed., 4th ed., Lexis, 2004) with 2005-2007 supplements. string;#
1999 Trial Rights and Procedures, in Illinois Criminal Procedure (Ralph Ruebner ed., 3rd ed., Lexis, 1999) with 2002 and 2003 supplements. string;#
1994 Trial Rights and Procedures, in Illinois Criminal Procedure (Ralph Ruebner ed., 2d ed., Butterworth, 1994) with annual supplements. string;#
1993 La peine de mort aux Etats-Unis au seuil du troisième millenaire in La Peine de mort au seuil du troisieme millenaire (Toulouse : Editions Eres, 1993). string;#
1992 Civil Jury Selection After Edmonson v. Leesirlle Concrete, in Modern Civil Jury Selection (Wiley, 1992). string;#
1990 Attorney-Conducted vs. Judge-Conducted Voir Dire in Civil Cases, in Modern Civil Jury Selection (Garland, 1990). string;#
1987 Trial Rights and Procedures, in Illinois Criminal Procedure (Ralph Ruebner ed., Butterworth, 1987). string;#

Book Reviews

1989 Book Review, 3 Ill. Legal Times 22 (Feb. 1989) (reviewing John Guinther, The Jury in America (1988)). string;#
1987 Book Review, 3 Ill. Legal Times 4 (August 1987) (reviewing Racism and the Use of Peremptory Challenges). string;#
1986 Book Review, 72 A.B.A. J. 92 (Aug. 1, 1986) (reviewing Alan M. Dershowitz, Reversal of Fortune (1986)). string;#Click Here


2008 Law School Programs that Reduce Poverty: The Example of the Chiapas Human Rights Practicum, 28(2) Vincentian Heritage J. 249 (2008). string;#Click Here
1988 Prisons for profit, 51 UNESCO Courier 20 (June 1998). string;#Click Here
1988 With Richard S. Kling, Judicial Management of a Criminal Case Trial (Regional Seminar Series, March/April 1988). string;#
1986 The Trial Judge as Manager During Jury Selection (Associate Judge Seminar, March 1986). string;#
1986 With John Decker, Management of Voir Dire in a Criminal Case (Circuit Judge Conference, September 1986). string;#
1985 Illinois Standards in the Setting of Bail (Associate Judge Seminar, March 1985). string;#