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Gun Violence Among Youth in Chicago

Friday, October 18, 2013
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power, Rogers, and Smith Ceremonial Courtroom
10th Floor
25 E Pearson Street, Chicago

CLRJ Symposium Agenda (PDF)
List of Symposium Speakers (PDF)

About the Conference 

    Gun violence among youth in the United States has been well publicized in the wake of recent shootings. Youth in Chicago are especially vulnerable to gun violence, as President Obama recently noted when he spoke with students from Hyde Park Academy on February 15, 2013. He said, “[l]ast year there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city, and 65 of those victims were 18 and under.” Mrs. Obama also spoke on the issue of gun violence among youth in Chicago. She stated that: 

… Many of our children have never been to the Art Institute or Millennium Park. Many of them don’t even know that the University of Chicago exists, let alone dream of attending that university—or any university for that matter. They haven’t strolled along Navy Pier. Some of them have probably never even seen the lake. Because instead of spending their days enjoying the abundance of riches this city has to offer, they are consumed with watching their backs. They’re afraid to walk alone, because they might get jumped. They’re afraid to walk in groups, because that might identify them as part of a gang and put them at risk. 

    Gun violence among youth today substantially affects the right of children to grow up, to be educated, to be healthy, to be employed, and to move around the city safely and freely. This symposium hopes to further a discussion on how our nation, and we as members of the legal community, can address the violent realities that many children face in their homes and communities, the lack of resources to combat the violence, and our responsibility to protect the basic rights of all children. 

Conference Agenda

8:30 am Registration and Refreshments
9:00 am

Scholarly Address

Deborah Gorman-Smith
University of Chicago and the Chicago Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence

9:45 am Break
10:00 am

Morning Panel: Research and Statistics Regarding Incidents of Youth Violence in Chicago

Noni Gaylord-Harden
Loyola University Chicago

Arthur Lurigio
Loyola University Chicago

Stephanie Kollmann
Northwestern University School of Law

11:30 am Break
11:45 am Luncheon Panel: Youth Voices: RISE Chicago
12:45 pm Break
1:00 pm

Afternoon Panel: Seeking Solutions: Public Health and Law-Based Approaches to Addressing Youth Gun Violence

Toni Irving
Public Safety Action Committee

Ron DeWald
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Project Safe Neighborhoods

Charlie Ransford
Cure Violence

Rebecca Levin
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Colleen Daley
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

Conference Location

The conference will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. on Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus. Validated parking is available in a number of locations adjacent to the School of Law.


Symposium Editor: Amanda Crews Slezak, acrews1@luc.edu

Assistant Editor: Cristina Rizen, cmrizen@gmail.com


This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for ­4.25 hours of General CLE Credit. To apply for CLE credit, indicate your intention to attend for credit when you RSVP.


Philip H. Corboy Law Center · 25 E. Pearson Street · Chicago, IL 60611 · 312.915.7120

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