The Shiller Preyar Law Offices are dedicated to social justice issues on a local scale in the Chicagoland area as well as on a national scale. Our blog is a useful space to keep up with current legal news, firm updates and upcoming events.
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On June 14th Elvira Arellano/Emma Lozano Leadership Institute of Faith Based Organizing held The First Annual Unity Dinner to recognize individuals who have made a difference this year for Immigrant rights. Some people in attendance included: Jesse Jackson, Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Bobby Rush, Congressman Luis Guiterrez and Shiller Preyar Law Offices' own John Antia and Chris Bergin.
Brendan Shiller presented three proposals to city and state officials to make real changes in Chicago and across the state to protect the rights of those arrested, support Chicago's youth, and change the status quo of gun legislation.
We use apps for everything: counting calories, watching movies, checking our bank accounts, but what about recording police interactions and holding police officers accountable? Well, there's an app for that.
On December 19th the cameras of Telemundo and Univision were at the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Humboldt Park for a press conference led by Pastor Walter “Slim” Coleman. Last month, ICE conducted a raid at the Chicago Pallet Company wherein 34 workers were placed in ICE custody. Coleman and others organized the conference to give an update regarding those who were placed in removal proceedings (deportations). Some of those workers have been deported, taken voluntary departure, or continue to challenge their removal proceedings.
About a month ago, I read an NPR piece by Ted Robbins titled, "Little-known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full." It brought to my attention the fact that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had interpreted language in H.R. 2217 to mean it was required to maintain, on average, a daily detention population of 34,000 people. The provision in H.R. 2217 reads as follows: “Funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 34,000 detention beds through September 30, 2014.” If there is another way to interpret this language other than to mean ICE must maintain a minimum of 34,000 detainees daily, we are all ears, Congress.
Our colleagues at the Fourtis Law Office have created the Fi-Vo Film app for recording and protecting video of police misconduct.
Brendan Shiller wrote a piece for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the City's ongoing efforts to stem police misconduct cases and to encourage better relations between police and the communities they serve.
On Friday, September 20, the National Police Accountability Project will be having a fundraiser in Humboldt Park at Nellie's Puerto Rican Restaurant at 2458 West Division.
The Shiller Preyar Law Offices is excited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its trial win for Mr. Andy Montanez, plaintiff in the case of Montanez v. Fico. Shiller Preyar Law Offices fought hard to vindicate the constitutional rights of Mr. Montanez, a young man and life-long Chicago resident who had been beaten up by Chicago Police officer Vincent Fico on March 20, 2009. Mr. Montanez was thrilled, and said that "I had lots of lawyers in my time, but I never had lawyers that really cared. Best lawyers I ever had. Thank you."