CLE Program

Criminal Litigation in the Age of Information: How Much is Enough?

 When: October 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

(Closest entrance: 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, east door) 

Panel 1: Public Information - Uses and Abuses

Topics covered: Use of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by criminal defendants and to gather data on police misconduct; factfinding by appellate courts; permissible use of public information in legal briefs.


  • Matt Topic, Loevy & Loevy

  • Deborah Bone, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila

  • Jamie Kalven, Invisible Institute/Citizens Police Data Project

  • Laura Weiler, Office of the State Appellate Defender

Panel 2: Discovery from the Government - Policies and Practices

Topics covered: Newly discovered Chicago police street files and their impact on a civil rights lawsuit; nationwide survey of prosecutorial discovery rules; proposal for expansion of prosecutorial discovery in Illinois; process for proposing and amending Illinois Supreme Court Rules.


  • Karen Daniel, Center on Wrongful Convictions
  • Nathson Fields, exoneree and former death row inmate

  • Candace Gorman, civil rights attorney

  • Alan Neff, former Senior Counsel, City of Chicago Department of Law

This program has been approved for 1 general CLE credit and is pending approval for 1 professional responsibility CLE credit in the State of Illinois.


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Panel 1 Materials:

Bradford Cert Petition

Watkins Amicus Brief

Panel 2 Materials:

Fields renewed rule to show cause

Fields reply to rule re missing street file

Fields RULE EX.A

Fields RULE EX.B  

Memorandum for Proposed Revised Illinois S. Ct. Rules 411 and 412

Nathson Fields new trial order

Proposed Revised Illinois S. Ct. Rules 411 and 412

Supreme Court Rules Committee Flow-Chart