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Race and the Law Symposium

''Race, Law, and Poverty: Ending the Cycle of Mass Incarceration''
FEBRUARY 21,2014

Click Race & Law Brochure 2014 to download the Conference Brochure.

11 :30 AM-2:00 PM, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 1Oth Floor
RSVP: raceandlaw@luc.edu

Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Race and the Law Symposium is designed to bring awareness to legal issues that affect minority communities. The United States is currently leading the world in its percentage of incarcerated citizens. Further, a disproportionate number of those incarcerated are poor minorities. This symposium will explore how social policies have substantially contributed to wealth inequality and poverty in the United States, and how these policies impact mass incarceration. Panelists will address these issues and offer solutions based on their professional and personal experiences.

JARRETT ADAMS is a second year law student at Loyola University Chicago. Mr. Adams was falsely accused and ultimately wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17. He was sentenced to 28 years in a maximum-security prison. After serving nearly ten years, Mr. Adams was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Upon his release, Mr. Adams attended junior college and then enrolled in Roosevelt University, where he graduated with highest honors. While in school, Mr. Adams began working full-time as an investigator with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois, where he continues to assist in the representation of indigent defendants facing felony charges.

SONIA ANTOLEC (JD '07) is a supervising administrative law judge and medical vendor hearings section chief for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She supervises and conducts hearings and appeals brought by Medicaid recipients and providers. She previously served the people of Cook County as an assistant state's attorney where she worked in the misdemeanor, child protection, and juvenile delinquency divisions. Prior to attending law school at Loyola University Chicago, she worked as a volunteer at Montefiore Alternative School, the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, and Men's Division 1 of the Cook County Jail.

THE HONORABLE DARRON BOWDEN is an associate judge for the Illinois State Court for the Circuit of Cook County. He is a graduate of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of law. Prior to becoming a judge, he worked as an assistant public defender handling misdemeanor, child protection, felony, and capital litigation. He was also chief of the Cook County Public Defender's Civil Division where he was responsible for the daily operations of child protection, paternity, and metal health cases. Additionally, he has served as the executive director of the First Defense Legal Aid where he managed a 24 hours-a-day legal assistance organization. Judge Bowden is a member of the ministerial team at Park Manor Christian Church where he implemented spiritual programs, which focus on social justice and youth advocacy issues.

RENEE HATCHER is a staff attorney with the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., where she specializes in employment, nonprofit, and community development law. She received her JD from New York University School of Law. In 201 2, Ms. Hatcher spearheaded The Initiative for Northwest Indiana, which supports a dramatic vision for redevelopment in Northwest Indiana by providing pro bono legal services to small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups, and individuals interested in expunging their criminal history to strengthen our regional community.

DR. THOMAS LYON is an assistant professor and director of the HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute at Chicago State University. He attained his doctorate in Anthropology from University of Chicago and went on to do postdoctoral work at The George Washington University. Dr. Lyons research focuses on HIV and AIDS among incarcerated populations and drug users as well as intervention research. He is currently principal investigator of a program funded by The National Institutes of Health, which explores mindfulness meditation as an intervention for substance users in the criminal justice system. Before coming to Chicago State University, Dr. Lyons was a fellow at the University of Illinois and an evaluator forTASC, a social service agency, where he served as a lead researcher for the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission.

JUAN PEREA is a professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and one of the country's leading scholars on race and the law. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and University of Colorado Law School. He is the co-author of Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America, and Latinos and the Law. He received his JD magna cum laude from Boston College Law School. Prior to joining Loyola as a full time faculty member, Professor Perea was a Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Chair at Villanova University.

NEIL WILLIAMS is a professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Duke University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, he served as a law clerk for the George N. Leighton of the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois. After his clerkship he joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where he handled general corporate finance and securities law matters. Professor Williams joined Loyola's full-time law faculty in 1989.


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