The Organization for the North East, a group seeking to induce local lending institutions to increase community investment through the threat of withdrawal of savings deposits, is being advised on various aspects of the group's anti-red-lining program.
The Committee is representing a class of over 1200 Black South Side homeowners who purchased new homes at inflated prices under land installment contracts, alleging that the developers discriminated against them by exploiting the racially divided housing market.
With the Leadership Council as co-counsel, the Committee files Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation v. Village of Arlington Heights, challenging the municipality's refusal to rezone vacant land for the construction of low- and moderate-income, integrated housing.
As part of its ongoing commitment to continuing legal education, the Committee co-sponsors a conference on the scope and impact of the Jack Spring v. Little decision, which recognized that a lessee's obligation to pay rent is dependent on the lessor's fulfillment of the implied warranty of habitability.
A member firm represents a large group of south suburban purchasers of defective housing in successful negotiations with the developers to remedy the defects.
On the basis of a study, two member firms represent four organizations in an Illinois Supreme Court amicus brief, arguing that the procedures for transferring juveniles to adult court are unconstitutional.
Providing legal counsel to community organizations is a major activity of the Committee, accounting for nearly half of the Committee's projects, including corporate and tax issues, counseling, drafting, and negotiation.
The Committee successfully advocates with the U.S. Attorney General to convene a special federal Grand Jury to investigate the deaths of Black Panther leaders Mark Clark and Fred Hampton, killed during a raid by the Police. This eventually results in the indictment of the State's Attorney and others.
Using data collected by two major universities, the Committee files a federal class action challenging city-wide disparities in the per-pupil instructional expenditures made in Chicago's Black and White schools. After the case is filed, the Board of Education equalizes expenditures.
The Committee facilitates an arrangement with the Public Defender and the Chief Judge of the Juvenile Division, whereby member firms will take appeals in cases that raise constitutional issues. The Committee also begins investigating the practice of confining juveniles in adult detention facilities.