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 also teaches and directs the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law.
Mogul has sought justice for Chicago Police torture survivors for the last fifteen years, representing torture survivors in their criminal post-conviction proceedings and in federal civil rights cases. 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.
For the past nine years, Mogul has 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, et al., 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’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
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court
• 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.
• 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.
Awards & Honors:
Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (ICADP) Legal Advocacy Award, 2005.
Chicago Chapter of the NLG Arthur Kinoy People’s Law Award in 2003 and 2011.
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
National Police Accountability Project (NPAP)
Joey can be contacted at JoeyMogul [at] aol.com