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Blog Archive : July 2012

Clara Kent posted a blog on Jul 25, 2012

Faulty Criminal Background Check Case Appears In New York Times

In 2011, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, with the Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym law firm, filed a lawsuit challenging a criminal background check report prepared by a company named Infotrack.  Our client was a young white man who had no history of any felony conviction.  The Infotrack company, however, issued a criminal background check report matching him with three African-American sex offenders, including one who committed rape when our client was only three years old.  The lawsuit, brought pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) alleged that Infotrack had been grossly negligent.  The case was settled soon after it was filed.
 
In a July 25, 2012 editorial, the New York Times referred to the facts of the Infotrack case as an egregious example of errors made in criminal background check reports, and the need for regulation of the companies who prepare these reports.  It has become common for companies engaged in hiring to use criminal background check reports to screen applicants.   For people seeking employment, it is crucial that they not be falsely labeled as someone who has a criminal record.

The editorial is available here.

Chris Furuya posted a blog on Jul 17, 2012

Save the Date: Goods for the Good

Save the Date for TLP’s Annual Fundraiser
“GOODS FOR THE GOOD”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012  -  5:30pm-7:30pm

The Newberry Library  -  60 W. Walton St. – Chicago, IL  60610
directions/parking info

Start the holiday season right with an evening of good food, great company, and fabulous local shopping! Celebrating our volunteers' and clients' good work, TLP's Goods for the Good will feature a holiday bazaar showcasing products made by our clients, as well as other nonprofits with social enterprises and small businesses.

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Chris Furuya posted a blog on Jul 12, 2012

Kirkland and Ellis Receive Pro Bono Award 2012

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law awarded Kirkland its 2012 Pro Bono Award.  The award recognized the exemplary work Kirkland's attorneys have provided for numerous cases for the committee. [Source]