Professor Adrienne D. Mebane, Associate Director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy
J. Cunyon Gordon, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
The Story of the Contract Buyers League and Circumstances Leading to Litigation
Strategies Developed by the Community to Combat Systematic Racism
Jack Macnamara, Loyola University Chicago
Pro Bono Legal Services Provided to Community Activists
Thomas P. Sullivan, Jenner and Block
Unequal Property Tax Burdens and Lawsuit against the Cook County Assessor
Aneel L. Chablani, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Q & A
Reception to Follow
J. Cunyon Gordon, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
J. Cunyon Gordon is the director of the Settlement Assistance Program with Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. In this role, Cunyon evaluates cases and potential clients, recruits volunteer attorneys, and represents litigants in cases in which she is unable to find a match. Prior to Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Cunyon was of counsel at Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg, during which time she was an early volunteer with SAP. Cunyon was also a civil litigator at Jenner & Block for ten years, where she earned the distinction of being the first black woman to make partner at the then 75-year old firm. Cunyon was previously an attorney with the U. S. Navy JAG, and has taught as a distinguished visiting professor for the Boston University School of Law and visiting professor for Seattle University School of Law.
Jack Macnamara (BS ’61, MA ’65 ), Loyola University Chicago
Jack Macnamara is a Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) visiting scholar at Loyola University Chicago. His research and action interests include financial exploitation of African American communities, critical pedagogy, social emotional learning, culture of peace and non-violence in schools, and community participation in the development of culture and discipline in schools serving under-resourced and oppressed communities. Jack has served as chairman of the school board at St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette, on the board of trustees at Loyola Academy, and as the founding chairperson of the Archdiocese of Chicago Pastoral Council. He also was on the advisory committee and directed the Feasibility Study for Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School on the west side of Chicago. He currently serves on the board of Austin Coming Together (ACT). Jack was the chief organizer of the Contract Buyers League of Chicago.
Thomas P. Sullivan (JD ’52), Jenner & Block
Thomas (Tom) P. Sullivan is a partner with the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block. He has handled civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation for more than 55 years. He has been with Jenner & Block since 1954, except for his time as U. S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois between 1977 and 1981. Tom has argued a multitude of cases in the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and many federal Courts of Appeal. He was lead counsel for the Contract Buyers League of Chicago in its litigation from 1968 to 1977, and he served as the independent monitor for the Chicago Housing Authority relocation of the near south side high rise building residents during 2002 and 2003.
Aneel L. Chablani (JD ’97), Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Aneel L. Chablani serves as advocacy director for Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights where he works with staff on the development of systemic litigation and advocacy reflecting the race-equity mission and community-driven priorities of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Previously, Aneel served as director of advocacy at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) in northwest Ohio where he worked with an advocacy management team on development of impact litigation and broad-based advocacy in practice groups covering housing and community economic development, education, healthcare and public benefits, and migrant farmworker rights. Aneel began his legal career with LAF in Chicago working in the areas of housing and consumer rights. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Institute.