A public defense attorney for 25 years, Cathryn Crawford has held a variety of positions, including: Clinical Professor, Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago, 1998-2011); inaugural director of the first juvenile public defender’s office in New Orleans (now Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, 2007); Special Counsel to the Office of Capital Writs and capital defender (Texas 2012-2017); and Litigation Director, Lawndale Christian Legal Center (Chicago, 2017-2021). She is currently on sabbatical.
Her practice has focused on challenging police misconduct, junk science and unconstitutional / unfair / racist laws and legal practices. She routinely ticks off judges, prosecutors, and the CPD. She and her students have represented Burge torture victims and worked with a coalition of lawyers and community activists to abolish the death penalty in Illinois. In 2002, she launched a comprehensive, multi-year investigation into Detective Reynaldo Guevara, laying the foundation for several successful post-conviction petitions and civil lawsuits. She has trained countless public defenders across the country, conducted indigent defense assessments in several states and lectured and written on several defense-related topics. Cathryn's single mother of seven, a community activist and journalist, is the source of her unwavering commitment to social justice and civil rights, and her love of people.
The Lurie Daniels Favor Show
The Lurie Daniels Favor Show, Interview on e-carceration
Cheddar News, A Look at the Flaws in Electronic Monitoring
Teen Vogue, Electric Monitoring in Chicago is Pervasive
New York Times Magazine
New York Times Magazine, We Are the Silent First Responders
The Chicago Transformation Collab brought Chicagoans together who are on the frontlines in the fight for justice.