A Mayer Brown pro bono team in Chicago and Washington DC secured a significant victory for an Illinois inmate in a civil rights suit challenging his punitive transfer out of a specialized mental health unit and into a harsh segregation unit. A unanimous Seventh Circuit panel reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the doctors who recommended the transfer. Associate Dan Jones (Washington DC) briefed and argued the appeal. The team representing the inmate in this case and a separate case seeking widespread reforms of the Illinois Department of Corrections’ treatment of mentally ill inmates includes Pro Bono Advisor Marc Kadish, partner Lee Abrams, and associate Kyle Steinmetz (all Chicago), and Alan Mills from the Uptown People’s Law Center.
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