Roderick MacArthur Justice Center

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The Roderick MacArthur Justice Center (the Justice Center) "has been called "a law firm like no other" by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Our nonprofit public-interest law firm at Northwestern University School of Law litigates issues of significance for the criminal justice system, including prisoner rights, the death penalty, and gun control.

"In this time of limited resources for the poor, the Justice Center spends more than $400,000 annually to provide free legal representation on criminal justice issues affecting the indigent. Since its founding in 1985, many of the Justice Center's cases have been prominently featured in the media, including Talk magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

"The Justice Center is funded by the J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation of Niles, Illinois. The center, formerly affiliated with the University of Chicago, joined Northwestern Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic in 2006. Currently, 16 law students receive academic credit for assisting the center in preparing cases. Center director Locke Bowman and assistant director Joe Margulies are clinical associate professors at the Law School.

"J. Roderick MacArthur, a prominent Chicago businessman who died in 1984, was the son of John D. MacArthur, founder of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and a trustee of that foundation. There is no other connection between the two foundations." [1]


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  1. About, Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, accessed October 22, 2008.
  2. About, Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, accessed October 22, 2008.