Catherine Carpenter, The Honorable Arleigh M. Woods and William T. Woods Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
Professor Catherine Carpenter teaches and writes in the area of criminal law. She is a recognized national expert in sex crimes and sex offender registration laws and she was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2012 where she serves on the Advisory Committee examining the Model Penal Code’s laws on sexual assault. Her scholarship has been cited by courts and has helped guide attorneys advocating for their clients. For example, her 2012 law review article entitled The Evolution of Unconstitutionality in Sex Offender Registration Laws, published by Hastings Law Journal, and her 2010 Buffalo Law Review article, Legislative Epidemics: A Cautionary Tale of Criminal Laws that Have Swept the Country were both cited in Doe v. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which overturned Maryland’s sex offender registration laws on ex post facto grounds.
Mark Weinberg, Civil Rights Attorney
Mark Weinberg is a civil rights lawyer in Chicago. He is a 1988 graduate of the the Law School at the University of Chicago and a 1984 graduate of Yale University. Since 2001, he has been a solo practitioner, concentrating his practice on the excesses of policing practices.
Adele Nicholas, Civil Rights Attorney
Adele Nicholas is a solo practitioner based in Chicago. She focuses her practice on federal civil rights litigation. Among her recent notable cases are Goudy v. Evans, a class action on behalf of juvenile arrestees challenging the constitutionality of the Cook County juvenile court’s failure to hold probable cause hearings on weekends and holidays; Koger v. Dart, in which the Northern District of Illinois found that a Cook County Jail policy prohibiting detainees from possessing newspapers or newspaper clippings violated the First Amendment; and Norton v. City of Springfield, in which the Seventh Circuit found that a City of Springfield, Illinois, ordinance prohibiting panhandling in the downtown historic district of Springfield violates the First Amendment.
Miriam Aukerman, ACLU, West Michigan Regional Staff Attorney
Miriam Aukerman is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Michigan, where she leads the West Michigan Regional Office. She works on a wide range of constitutional issues, with a particular focus on criminal justice reform, poverty and immigration. Miriam has brought numerous challenges to sex offender registration laws, including Does v. Snyder (holding that Michigan’s sex offender registration is punishment that violates the Ex Post Facto Clause), Poe v. Granholm (holding that homeless registrants cannot be barred from shelters), People v. Dipiazza (holding that registration of a youth who had completed a diversion program is cruel or unusual punishment), and Houle v. Sampson (resulting in a negotiated settlement allowing parolees with sex offenses to see their children).
Prior to joining the staff of the ACLU, Miriam worked with Legal Aid of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids, as both a Soros Justice Fellow and then as the founding director of the Reentry Law Project. Miriam litigated numerous impact cases challenging the legal barriers preventing individuals with criminal records from obtaining housing, employment and education. She also spearheaded a multi-faceted statewide campaign to achieve systemic reform on reentry issues.