Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

HSPRD Partners Present on Providing Healthcare to Transgender Patients

HSPRD partners Juliet Berger-White and Caryn Lederer presented to hospital staff and medical personnel at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital on best practices in providing healthcare to transgender and gender expansive patients.

HSPRD Attorneys Speak at Northwestern Forums on Executive Orders

On February 16, 2017, HSPRD’s Kalman Resnick, William Schiller and Caryn Lederer addressed Northwestern University community members at a panel discussion on the recent executive order banning travel and other actions taken by the Trump Administration affecting immigration policy.

Caryn Lederer Speaks at University of Chicago on Executive Orders

On February 3, 2017, HSPRD’s Caryn Lederer spoke on a panel at the University of Chicago Law School addressing the constitutional, political, and practical impact of President Trump’s executive orders.

HSPRD Alum Judge Mary Rowland Welcomes New Americans

On February 2, 2017, former HSPRD attorney, Judge Mary Rowland was enthusiastically applauded at a swearing-in ceremony she conducted for new citizens in Chicago.

Trump’s Executive Order Builds On History Of Racist Immigration Policies

By Susan Gzesh, Of Counsel at HSPRD, (January 31, 2017)

HSPRD’s Kalman Resnick on WTTW Chicago Tonight

​On January 30, 2017, Kalman Resnick appeared on WTTW Chicago Tonight.

HSPRD Advises U.S. Conference of Mayors on “Sanctuary Cities”

HSPRD has advised the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Major Cities Chiefs Association on the legality of efforts by the Trump Administration to deny broad categories of federal funding to cities that limit local enforcement of federal immigration laws.

HSPRD’s Chirag Badlani Speaks at Northwestern University

On January 25, 2017, Chirag Badlani spoke on a panel at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, discussing the use of cash bail in Cook County and Illinois.

HSPRD’s Continued Commitment to Justice

Our firm has and will continue to tirelessly work to protect the rights of these and other vulnerable individuals, including, if necessary, by challenging government action that is discriminatory, unconstitutional, or unlawful.

Christopher Wilmes Weighs in on CHA’s Housing Voucher Time Limit

The Chicago Public Housing Authority are testing a new program which limits housing vouchers to eight years.

Joshua Karsh Appeared on Chicago Progressive Talk

HSPRD attorney Joshua Karsh appeared on Chicago Progressive Talk to discuss sex discrimination in the Chicago Fire Department.

Joshua Karsh Appeared on WGN Plus

HSPRD attorney Joshua Karsh appeared on WGN Plus to discuss sex discrimination in the Chicago Fire Department.

HSPRD and Co-Counsel File New Suit Against Chicago for Sex Discrimination

On October 28, 2016, HSPRD’s Joshua Karsh and Caryn Lederer, and Marni Willenson of Willenson Law, LLC, filed a lawsuit on behalf of 12 female paramedics who were denied employment with the Chicago Fire Department, charging the City with sex discrimination.

HSPRD Files Lawsuit Alleging Cook County Bail Practices Unconstitutional

A newly filed lawsuit against Cook County judges alleges that thousands of impoverished arrestees are being illegally detained in Cook County jail due solely to their inability to pay their monetary bonds, and that the illegal practices complained of disparately impact African Americans.

HSPRD’S First Steps Toward Victory Against Chicago Housing Authority

September 28, 2016 marks the first step towards a change in Chicago Public Housing’s utility allowance practices.

Joshua Karsh Helps Brings Home Victory for Female Paramedics Against City of Chicago

In another legal blow to the Chicago Fire Department’s hiring practices, the federal Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled, today, in favor of female paramedics in their sex discrimination lawsuit. The Court struck down a physical performance test that Chicago used for more than a decade to screen applicants for paramedic positions in the Fire Department.