Applications for Summer 2021 Internship

People’s Law Office is accepting applications for our 2021 summer internship and educational program, which focuses on civil rights litigation rooted in social justice and radical legal work. 

Interns will participate in a wide range of litigation-related work and will be exposed to a progressive law office that has been committed to being “people’s lawyers” since 1969.  Our attorneys and legal workers have successfully fought for the civil and human rights of people who have been wrongfully convicted, falsely arrested and subjected to excessive force and torture at the hands of law enforcement officials and prosecutors. The office has also steadfastly represented political activists and individuals who have been targeted by government officials because of their political views or organizing work.

The program is open to law students. Candidates should demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to social justice, organizing and/or social movements. To apply please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to plo[at]  Applications will be accepted until December 11, 2020, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the current pandemic, we are prepared for the internship to take place remotely, so applicants are not required to reside in Chicago. A stipend will be available. 

BIPOC, women, people of all gender identities and gender expressions, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

The Torture Machine Racism and Police Violence in Chicago

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With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office (PLO), Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city’s corrupt political machine.

The Torture Machine takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark—and the historic, thirteen-years of litigation that followed—through the dogged pursuit of commander Jon Burge, the leader of a torture ring within the CPD that used barbaric methods, including electric shock, to elicit false confessions from suspects.

Joining forces with community activists, torture survivors and their families, other lawyers, and local reporters, Taylor and the PLO gathered evidence from multiple cases to bring suit against the CPD officers and the City of Chicago. As the struggle expanded beyond the torture scandal to the ultimately successful campaign to end the death penalty in Illinois, and obtained reparations for many of the torture survivors, it set human rights precedents that have since been adopted across the United States.

Welcome Our New Associate, Shubra Ohri

People’s Law Office is pleased to welcome our new associate, Shubra Ohri.  Shubra is a creative and dedicated advocate who brings her passion for human rights both internationally and domestically to her work at People’s Law Office.  Shubra is currently using her extensive international human rights experience to present the Jon Burge torture cases to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva.  In Geneva, she is urging the Committee to call on the United States to comply with the provisions of the Convention Against Torture by providing redress to Burge torture survivors and holding those officers complicit in the systematic torture responsible for their violations of international human rights law. 

Summer internships available

People’s Law Office is accepting applications for our summer internship and educational program, which focuses on learning about civil rights litigation rooted in social justice and radical legal work.

The program is open to law students. To apply send resume, cover letter and writing sample to sarahgelsomino[at]

Applications are due March 21. A stipend is available.

Vodak Class Action Lawsuit

Anti-War Class Action Lawsuit Gets Final Approval

Vodak Class Action Lawsuit

Great News!

Yesterday, November 7, 2012, the Judge presiding over the Vodak class action civil rights lawsuit granted the motion for final approval of the class action settlement and approved an award for our attorneys’ fees and costs. You can find the motion for final approval of the class claims here.

What’s Next?

On January 7, 2013, the City of Chicago is obligated to provide the Claims Administrator with the money to fund the class members’ settlement awards.

Class members should receive their settlement checks in the mail from the Claims Administrator within 30 days thereafter. (Note, if your address has changed since you submitted your claims forms, you need to contact the Claims Administrator to ensure you get your settlement award).

Class members must deposit or otherwise cash their settlement checks before April 6, 2013 or the money will go back to the City of Chicago.

If you do not get your check by February 7, 2013, please contact the Claims Administrator at or at:

Vodak v. City of Chicago Claims Administrator
c/o Class Action Administration, Inc.
PO Box 6848
Broomfield, CO 80021
Telephone (toll-free): 1(877)926-4750