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.
Several member firms are representing local organizations whose members live in the path of urban renewal to make certain that the community's interests are considered, and that all who are displaced are properly relocated.