Summary

Long before Ferguson, the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, collaborating with the Invisible Institute, began the Youth/Police Project in Chicago to improve African American high school students’ experiences with the police. The project focuses on the routine encounters between police and African American youth—interactions that shape how adolescents see police and how police see them. Craig Futterman, founder of the Mandel Clinic’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, will discuss the experiences of the young people most affected by urban police practices, the project’s work in the Laquan McDonald case, and the implications for a national police reform agenda, including policies that might yield more equitable and constructive relationships between African American communities and police. Before joining the Law School faculty, Craig Futterman was the director of public interest programs and a lecturer at Stanford Law School. He served as an attorney in the juvenile division of the Cook County public defender’s office, and at Futterman & Howard, where he specialized in civil rights lawsuits, focusing on police brutality and racial discrimination.