Joey L. Mogul

Joey L. Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office.  Mogul’s practice focuses on representing people who have suffered from police and other governmental torture, abuse and misconduct in civil rights cases, and defending individuals in criminal and capital cases.  Mogul directs the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law.

Mogul has sought justice for Chicago Police torture survivors for the last eighteen years, successfully representing a number of Burge torture survivors in their criminal post-conviction proceedings and in federal civil rights cases.  Mogul served as co-lead counsel in litigation securing legal representation for the Burge torture survivors who remain behind bars in post-conviction proceedings in 2014. Mogul also successfully presented the cases to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) and the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006, obtaining a specific finding from the CAT calling for the prosecution of the perpetrators and accountability in these cases in May of 2006.

Mogul drafted the original City Council ordinance providing reparations for the Chicago Police (Burge) torture survivors filed in 2013 on behalf of an organization Mogul initiated and co-founded Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM).  On May 6, 2015, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed unprecedented legislation providing reparations to the Burge torture survivors and their family members becoming the first municipality to provide systemic redress for racially motivated police violence.

From 2003 through 2012, Mogul represented a class of over 800 people falsely arrested en masse at an anti-Iraq war demonstration in Chicago on March 20, 2003, and successfully argued the case in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Vodak v. City of Chicago, 639 F.3d 738 (2011).  Mogul also co-coordinated the NLG mass defense of individuals arrested at this and other anti-war protests, and successfully obtained an acquittal on behalf of the only person arrested and forced to trial on charges stemming from the March 20, 2003 protest.

Mogul frequently represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in criminal court and civil rights proceedings involving police and prison misconduct, abuse, rape and torture.  Mogul successfully represented a Latina transgender woman in a civil rights case who was profiled as a sex worker and discriminatorily treated on the basis of her gender identity by the Cicero Police Department resulting in an historic settlement wherein the Cicero Police Department agreed to enact a policy on the treatment of transgender people.  Mogul’s activism has included securing organizational support from LGBT individuals and organizations for, and spearheading campaigns on behalf of, capital defendants who have been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death based on homophobic, transphobic and sexist arguments. Mogul has spoken widely before both legal and popular audiences on the state’s use of racist, homophobic and sexist arguments in criminal cases and has devised legal training to counter such efforts. Mogul is co-author of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011).

Oberlin College BS 1992
City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law JD 1997

Court Admissions:
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court


  • Author, “Lawyer for Chicago Torture Victims, A Model for Responding to Police Violence,”, May 12, 2015.
  • author, “Vodak v. City of Chicago: Victory in a Mass Arrest and Defense Case,” in the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report in May of 2012.
  • Co-author Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States with Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock published by Beacon Press, 2011.
  • Co-author with Andrea J. Ritchie, “In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States,” a shadow report submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2008 that was published in the DePaul Journal for Social Justice in the Spring of 2008.
  • Author, “The Dykier, the Butcher, the Better: the State’s Use of Homophobia and Sexism to Execute Women in the United States,” in the New York City Law Review in the Fall of 2005.

Awards & Honors:

  • USHRN Movement Builders Award 2015
  • First Defense Legal Aid’s 20 for 20 Award, May of 2015
  • The Illinois Academy of Criminology Anne O’Brien Stevens Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Criminal Justice, 2014
  • The Vanguard Award of the Chicago Bar Association, 2013
  • The Sullivan Ballou Award for Human Rights, 2011
  • Chicago Chapter of the NLG Arthur Kinoy People’s Law Award in 2003 and 2011
  • Or Chadash’s Humanitarian Award, 2009
  • Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (ICADP) Legal Advocacy Award, 2005

Professional Affiliations:
Co-Founder of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)

Joey can be contacted at JoeyMogul [at]