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UIC Law Professor Wins 2021 Civil Justice Scholarship Award from the Pound Institute

Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 07, 2020 (World NEWSWIRE) — Mark E. Wojcik, a professor at UIC...

Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 07, 2020 (World NEWSWIRE) — Mark E. Wojcik, a professor at UIC John Marshall Regulation University in Chicago, has been awarded the 2021 Civil Justice Scholarship Award from the prestigious Pound Civil Justice Institute.

The Award is bestowed upon published authorized teachers and recognizes present-day scholarly legal exploration and creating focused on subjects in civil justice, together with entry to justice and the benefits of the U.S. civil justice method, as perfectly as the proper to demo by jury in civil cases.

Wojcik was chosen for his report, Extending Batson to Peremptory Problems of Jurors Primarily based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification, 40 No. Ill. U. L. Rev. 1 (2019), in which he argues that all federal and condition demo courts ought to expressly prohibit the exclusion of jurors based on their precise or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. He argues that the lack of safety for LGBT jurors fosters discrimination in the legislation, violates the rights of LGBT folks to serve on a jury, denies LGBT defendants honest representation from the community, and undermines general public self esteem in judicial proceedings.

“I am deeply honored that the Pound Civil Justice Institute selected my post for this award,” reported Wojcik. “The regulation now prohibits excluding jurors based mostly on their race, faith, countrywide origin and gender. And just a handful of states – which include most lately Illinois – prohibit excluding jurors based mostly on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Legal professionals should take a look at each individual particular person juror’s beliefs and encounters somewhat than falling back on stereotypes.”

The Pound Institute is a nationwide lawful consider tank developed by groundbreaking users of the demo bar and focused to guaranteeing access to justice for common citizens. By way of its functions, the Institute will work to give legal professionals, judges, authorized educators and the general public a balanced perspective of the issues affecting the U.S. civil justice process.

Wojcik, a John Marshall faculty member due to the fact 1992, teaches Lawyering Abilities, Global Law, Intercontinental Business enterprise Transactions, Torts, Felony Regulation and Sexual Orientation Legislation. He is also founder of the World-wide Legal Techniques Conference Series, the writer of multiple textbooks, the previous president of Scribes—The American Society of Authorized Writers and a a few-time board member of the Authorized Producing Institute.

Wojcik is the previous Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Regulation Library of Congress, earlier Chair of the Affiliation of American Regulation Educational institutions Area on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Analysis and a winner of the AALS Part Award for life span contributions to authorized producing. In 2018, he received the prestigious Burton Award for Excellent Contributions to Authorized Crafting Training.

About UIC John Marshall Regulation School
UIC Law is the 16th school at the University of Illinois at Chicago—Chicago’s premier university and its only general public Carnegie Study 1 establishment. Located in the heart of the City’s authorized, monetary, and business districts, UIC Law is recognized as one particular of the most diverse law universities in the nation and is a leader in offering access to underrepresented pupils.


Miller McDonald
UIC John Marshall Legislation Faculty
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