This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Alan Mills

Uptown People's Law Center
Executive Director
Chicago, IL
Alan Mills is the Executive Director of Uptown People's Law Center a nonprofit community legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago. UPLC is a legal organization that fights for justice for tenants, the disabled, and prisoners in Illinois.
Alan began visiting prisoners at Cook County Jail during law school, and has tried dozens of individual cases on behalf of prisoners in state and federal court during the last 35+ years.
Alan represented prisoners in segregation claiming they were denied meaningful access to the courts (Walters v. Edgar). While the trial court initially ruled in the prisoners' favor, 18 years later the appellate court reversed and dismissed the entire case. Alan was also the lead attorney in the case challenging Illinois' Tamms supermax prison, which lead to the closing of that prison. Currently, UPLC is lead counsel in seven class action cases alleging that Illinois prisons violate the constitutional rights of the people who are kept there. These include challenges to the medical care provided to prisoners and the state's failure to accommodate the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing prisoners. In 2017, UPLC settled their case alleging unconstitutional treatment of mentally ill prisoners, is now monitoring the prisoners to ensure proper standards are met.
Alan graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1981. Since 2005, he has served as an adjunct professor there, teaching a seminar on Prisons and Prisoners'€™ Rights. Alan also taught a similar course as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law for four years. For the last seven years, he has also helped train attorneys appointed to represent prisoners in civil rights cases by the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, November 3