Jeremy Schroeder, '05, Battles the Death Penalty in Illinois
Thursday, March 24, 2011
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law alumnus, Jeremy Schroeder, '05, is the subject of a profile in the February 2, 2011, edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin titled, "The man behind the death penalty bill."
The article describes Jeremy's recent efforts, as Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, to successfully usher through the Illinois House and Senate a bill - signed by Governor Quinn on March 9, 2011 - making Illinois the 16th state to abolish the death penalty. James Covington, the director of legislative affairs for the Illinois State Bar Association, describes Schroeder as the "quarterback" of the multi-faceted lobbying effort, and calls his achievements "stunning." The article also includes Bill Perkins, the legislative director at SEIU, Jeremy's prior employer, singing his praises. And the article mentions Jeremy's time at UDC-DCSL, where he participated in the Housing and Legislation clinics.
We've scanned the article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and you can read it here (click to open in PDF).
Jeremy is not the only alumnus in Illinois fighting against the death penalty. Andrea Lyon, '76, is Director of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases and the Death Penalty Legal Clinic at DePaul College of Law, a nationally recognized expert on death-penalty defense, and author of Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer - a harrowing memoir of the first woman in the United States to head a death penalty defense team - which she discussed in detail at a book-signing event last February at the School of Law. Andrea, who urged Governor Quinn to sign the current bill, has been widely credited with helping to inspire the former governor of Illinois to impose a death penalty moratorium in 2000 and commute to life in prison the sentences of all Illinois death row inmates in 2003.