Issues & Case Updates

Civil Rights Lawyers in Chicago
On November 21st, People’s Law Office Attorney Michael Deutsch argued in front of the Illinois Appeals Court for the release of his client Ronnie Carrasquillo. Ronnie was sentenced to several hundred years in prison for the 1976 death of a Chicago Police Officer. In Michael’s argument, he highlighted the biased and corrupt Judge Wilson who sentenced Ronnie. Read more about
Today marks 50 years since the Chicago Police, FBI and Cook County State’s Attorney conspired to murder Fred Hampton and Mark Clark of the Black Panther Party. This short video honoring Fred is an excerpt from a soon to be released documentary about the 50 year history of our office, directed and produced by Tom Callahan of Sensitive Visuals.* Our
People’s Law Office is accepting applications for our 2020 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
A Forum Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of People’s Law Office (PLO), 1969-2019 Panels, presentations and conversations between movement leaders, PLO lawyers, former political prisoners and current and former PLO clients. 12:10-12:30: The Founding of People’s Law Office and the Legacy of Fred Hampton Former members of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (TBA) in conversation, moderated by PLO
The People’s Law Office is co-sponsoring An Evening with Albert Woodfox. Come out on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00pm in the UIC Student Center to hear about his new book Solitary. Follow the link to RSVP. Eventbrite RSVP link: WoodfoxBook.eventbrite.com
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Yesterday People’s Law Office attorneys Joey Mogul and Christian Snow argued on behalf of the No Cop Academy demanding the City of Chicago release 400 documents related to the $95 million police training academy. Read more about the argument here.
The People’s Law Office filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Richard J. Gonzalez’s estate in 2013, naming Ford County IL, its sheriff and four corrections officers for failing to provide proper medical treatment to Mr. Gonzalez, who later was found dead in his cell, and for lying about the timing of his death. Click here to read more
For over a quarter century the People’s Law Office has helped expose and represent people tortured under former police Cmdr. Jon Burge. Recently, the artist and activist-led collective, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) selected a design for a public memorial to honor the Burge torture survivors. The memorial is called Breath, Form & Freedom. It was designed by Chicago artists
May 25, 2019 People’s Law Office and the Abolitionist Law Center are proud to share that Janet Holloway Africa and Janine Phillips Africa of the MOVE 9 have been released from Pennsylvania state custody after more than forty years of incarceration. Earlier this morning, the MOVE sisters were finally released on parole from SCI Cambridge Springs and are now with family
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, May 15, 2019 CONTACT: Brad Thomson, People’s Law Office, (773) 235-0070 ext. 123 Illinois Prisoners File First Amendment Lawsuit Demanding Return of Debate Program IDOC officials opposed prisoners addressing Illinois legislators regarding parole and they retaliated by cancelling a debate program Five prisoners at Stateville Correctional Center have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against