Preparing for Protest: The Role of Legal Observers in Preventing Police Misconduct & Protecting Free Speech (10/12/2021)

Legal challenges are likely to arise during, and in the wake of political protests. The informed presence of an observer can serve as an important deterrent to police misconduct through presence and visibility, can guard against police abuses in the streets and can assist with civil and criminal actions afterwards. This program will provide insight into The Legal Observer® program and how it provides a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system. Participants who complete this program will be eligible to serve as Legal Observers® in the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer® Program. This program is sponsored by the YLS Racial Justice Coalition.

SPEAKERS:

Jennifer Perimal recently graduated from law school at UIC, and is taking the February Illinois Bar exam. She joined the NLG on her first day of law school. Jennifer is a Legal Observer Coordinator, and a member of the Mass Defense Committee. She is also an abolitionist, passionate about criminal legal system reform, and has experience working on civil rights and housing discrimination matters.

Jacq Spreadbury is a law student at UIC Law and the current Legal Observer Administrator.  She helps run Midwest Books to Prisoners, a not-for-profit that sends books to people incarcerated, free of charge, so they can have access to literature and educational materials.  She is interested in using her law degree to fight for prisoners' rights.  Prior to law school, she was a high school chemistry teacher in North Lawndale.  

MODERATOR: Kenneth Matuszewski, Goldberg Segalla LLP

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