Emeritus Professor of Law
Founding Director, Center for Public Interest Law
Director, Chiapas Human Rights Practicum
Professor Cavise has a long background in litigation , both criminal and civil, including substantial pro bono litigation. In addition, he has worked in international human rights for many years, including lectures and training programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela, Italy, France, Haiti and other locations throughout the world. Several projects were designed to train Latin American human rights lawyers in the art of trial advocacy. In 1999, he founded the Chiapas Human Rights Practicum and has taken law students to work in human rights offices in Chiapas every year since then. He was the Director of DePaul's Lawyering Skills Program from 1983 until 1990, and Director of the Program for the Americas of the International Human Rights Law Institute from 1998-2002. He presently serves as a Commissioner on the Governor of Illinois’ Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission. He is also Senior Advisor to the Haitian Presidential Commission to Reform the Criminal Law and Procedure Codes. He is also a frequent media commentator on significant criminal law and procedure issues.
BA, Hamilton college; JD, Georgetown University
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