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Representation in Prisoner Rights Cases

Volunteer attorneys represent prisoners seeking to challenge the way they are treated in prison. Typically, these are cases brought in federal court in all three Illinois districts. There are also cases filed in the Circuit Courts of any county in which a prison is located in Illinois.

The Uptown People’s Law Center represents poor and working people living in Uptown and other similar communities. UPLC’s biggest areas of practice are landlord-tenant, Social Security disability, and prisoners’ rights.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies, but a minimum of 100 hours and often 200–400 hours over the course of 12–24 months.

Acquired skills

Trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

Law firm support preferred due to the extensive time commitment and expenditure of resources needed for prison litigation. UPLC provides extensive support and training for prisoner’s rights cases and impact litigation is often (although not necessarily) undertaken with UPLC as co-counsel.

Location

Chicago, IL

Representation in Prisoner Rights Cases

Volunteer attorneys represent prisoners seeking to challenge the way they are treated in prison. Typically, these are cases brought in federal court in all three Illinois districts. There are also cases filed in the Circuit Courts of any county in which a prison is located in Illinois.

The Uptown People’s Law Center represents poor and working people living in Uptown and other similar communities. UPLC’s biggest areas of practice are landlord-tenant, Social Security disability, and prisoners’ rights.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Varies, but a minimum of 100 hours and often 200–400 hours over the course of 12–24 months.

Acquired skills

Trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

Law firm support preferred due to the extensive time commitment and expenditure of resources needed for prison litigation. UPLC provides extensive support and training for prisoner’s rights cases and impact litigation is often (although not necessarily) undertaken with UPLC as co-counsel.

Location

Chicago, IL