Institutional Bias in the Court System

Join us on September 25 for a talk on Institutional Bias in the Court System. Daniel is an Evanston native and resident.  He worked for Chicago based firm Jenner & Block, where he made his mark serving clients pro bono in courts in Cook County and all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States. He represented people who had been wronged. A courageous woman seeking protection from her abusive boyfriend. A wounded woman seeking asylum and relief from tyranny and female genital mutilation. A relentless man seeking a fair retrial after being incarcerated for decades based on pseudoscience. A hopeful man seeking release from prison after being incarcerated based on a judge’s wild imagination, rather than evidence.    

He saw how money, rather than merits, can determine outcomes; how inadequate understanding of math and science are leading to false verdicts; how conflicts of interest can infect our courts; how important evidence can be hidden; how pressure to close cases imposes a huge tax on the community; and how some can’t even take the first step toward justice because courts are inaccessible to them. He also saw how we can fix those problems.

Daniel has published on those topics and others. He is particularly proud of his 2018 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article explaining how Cook County residents were being stripped of their ability to appeal wrongful evictions because of a failure to provide court reporters or digital recording infrastructure. In June of 2019, digital recording hardware was finally installed in Cook County’s eviction courts. Daniel is proud to have been part of the coalition fighting for that change.

Daniel received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, where he ran varsity track for four years (he ran the 400 meter dash). Daniel is also a proud graduate of Evanston Township High School and Evanston Public Schools.