Join Chicago Lawyers’ Committee in celebrating fifty years of partnership with communities and the private bar to advance racial equity and economic opportunity for all.
Join us to Bring Justice Home to all neighborhoods in Chicago! This year, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Chicago Freedom Movement. Together, we will honor the past and reinvest in equity for all Chicago neighborhoods.
Join experts and community leaders for a discussion addressing hate speech and its impact on our community. Reception to follow panel discussion.
Hate crimes have increased dramatically over the past year in Illinois and across the nation. We all have a stake in responding effectively to bias-related crimes. Hate crime not only hurts individual victims; it is designed to intimidate the victims’ communities. In this two-hour course, our speakers will present an overview of hate crime—how it is defined, why it occurs, current rates and trends, reporting issues, and a summary of federal and state laws designed to combat bias-motivated crimes. The presentation will include a special focus on the Illinois Hate Crime Act and civil remedies provided under the law. Attorneys who are interested in representing victims of hate crime on a pro bono basis are encouraged to attend this training and sign up with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Hate Crime Project. The program is eligible for 2.0 hours of CLE credit in Illinois. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants after the program.
Angelica D’Souza, LGBTQ and Hate Crime Victim Witness Specialist, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Meg Gorecki, Regional Director, Region V, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice
Julie Justicz, Hate Crime Project, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Alexander Vesselinovitch, Freeborn & Peters, LLP (tentative)
Registration: The course is free, but pre-registration is required for admittance.
Contact: Julie Justicz, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights; firstname.lastname@example.org 312-202-3663
Recognition, Response, Prevention: What We Can Do in Our Communities and Schools. Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Prevent School Violence Illinois are offering this 2-hour training for Erie Neighborhood House staff members on hate crime and hate incidents in our communities, and bullying in our schools. The 2-hour training will be interactive, combining PowerPoint presentations, expert speakers, small group discussions, and group problem solving.
The next meeting of the Disability Rights Consortium will take place on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, from 9:30am-11:00am at Equip for Equality (20 N. Michigan, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60602) .Our topic for the meeting will focus on hate crimes and disability, a very timely topic.
Our three speakers will be Meg Gorecki from the U.S. Department of Justice, Angelica D'Souza from the Cook County State's Attorney, and Julie Justicz from the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
1.5 hours of CLE credit will be provided to attorneys.
A captioner will be available. If you can't attend in person, we will be webcasting the event on EFE's You Tube Channel. To access the webcast, click here. If you need other accommodations to participate in the meeting, please contact Barry Taylor at email@example.com by June 21st.