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On Tuesday, October 25, join the Collaboration for Justice of Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts & Chicago Council of Lawyers for our annual meeting.

This year, we are especially excited to
celebrate Chicago Appleseed’s 25th anniversary. The luncheon reception will be held at River Roast (315 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL) starting at 11:30 AM and will include a panel discussion, moderated by Laura Washington (Contributing Columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Political Analyst for ABC-7 Chicago) - who we will present with the Lifetime Achievement Award.



The panel will also feature...

Dr. Matt Epperson
Associate Professor at the University of Chicago
Crown Family School of Social Work,
Policy, and Practice & Director of the Smart Decarceration Project

Dr. Julian Thompson
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law,and Justice
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Garien Gatewood
Chicago Appleseed Board Member &
Director of the Illinois Justice Project 

The Collaboration will present Chicago Appleseed Board Member
Dr. Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology & Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University, with our Commitment to Justice Award.


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Commitment to Justice Awardee

Dr. Mary Pattillo

Mary Pattillo is the Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, and Chair of the African American Studies Department, at Northwestern University. Her areas of research include race and inequality, housing, urban politics, education reform, criminal legal studies, and stratification within the Black community. She is the author of two award-winning books – Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City (University of Chicago Press, 2007) – that focus on class stratification, public housing, education, crime, urban planning, community organizing, and youth culture in African American neighborhoods in Chicago. She is co-editor of Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration (Russell Sage, 2004). Pattillo has won awards, grants and fellowships from the Ford, Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard, Spencer, and MacArthur Foundations. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political & Social Science. She was named among 11 Black Urbanists Every Planner Should Know by Planning magazine, and listed on The ZORA Canon: The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written by African American Women. Pattillo is currently doing research on the advantages of being Black. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the W.T. Grant Foundation and Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts, and was a founding board member of Urban Prep Charter Academies in Chicago. Pattillo holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

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Lifetime Achievement Awardee

Laura Washington

Laura S. Washington is a contributing columnist for the Chicago Tribune and political analyst at ABC-7, Chicago’s ABC-owned station. In 2015 and 2019 she served as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Washington brings more than two award-winning decades of experience as a non-profit professional and multimedia journalist. She specializes in African American affairs, local and national politics, race and racism, and social justice. From 2003 to 2009 she served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University and fellow at the DePaul Humanities Center. From 1990 to 2002, Washington served as editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, a nationally recognized investigative monthly specializing in racial issues and urban affairs. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio. In 1985 Washington was appointed deputy press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American mayor. She also served as a producer for the investigative unit at CBS-2/Chicago, correspondent for “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW-TV and previously wrote a contributing column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Washington earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from The Medill School at Northwestern University, where she has also taught and lectured. Her work has been honored with dozens of local and national awards, including two Chicago Emmys, the Peter Lisagor Award, and the Studs Terkel Award for Community Journalism and the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA. Washington is a founding inductee to the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement.  The Chicago Community Trust awarded her a Community Service Fellowship, for "exemplary service, commitment and leadership in individuals from the nonprofit sector."  In 2018, she was named an inaugural inductee to the Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame. Newsweek magazine named Washington one of the nation's “100 People to Watch” in the 21st Century. Newsweek said: “her style of investigative journalism has made (the Reporter) a powerful and award-winning voice.” Washington is widely quoted and featured in the national media, including Time Magazine, the Associated Press, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, and the BBC. She is a frequent lecturer and moderator before local and national audiences. Her civic activities include serving on the boards of The Field Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, Block Club Chicago, Global Girl Media-Chicago, the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, and Friends of The Chicago Reporter. 

A special thank you to our GENEROUS SPONSORS for their support...




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For more than thirty years,
Chicago Appleseed and the Council of Lawyers have fought for the systemic changes needed to ensure fair and anti-racist courts in Cook County, Illinois, and beyond.


Together, we leverage the unique insights and best practices of members, volunteers, and community partners to interrupt cycles of poverty, mass incarceration, and racial injustice perpetrated by all aspects of the legal system. Through mixed-method, community-informed research, the Collaboration for Justice advocates for practical, evidence-based solutions to improve the quality of justice in Cook County.

Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers form a "Collaboration for Justice" focused on improving lives by improving the courts. Our courts sit at the intersection of systemic problems in our communities and the government’s response to them. We cannot build an equitable and just world without equitable and just courts.

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"When it comes to Chicago Appleseed and the Collaboration for Justice, I always talk about it as an

INVESTMENT versus a donation. I feel like Chicago Appleseed has done so much work to try to fundamentally

change the infrastructure of this city, and restore some degree of equity and justice in the Chicago courts."

Eamon and Kay Daly

Chicago Residents, and Longtime Financial Supporters of the Collaboration for Justice

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