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Since 2010, Alexa Van Brunt has served as a civil rights attorney and clinical professor at the MacArthur Justice Center at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she has litigated law enforcement misconduct and torture cases, challenged the use of cash bond in pretrial administration, and brought a first of its kind excessive force class action suit against the Chicago Police Department. She has also won suits addressing conflicts of interest within the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the violation of prisoners’ rights in Illinois correctional facilities. Recently, Van Brunt and her colleagues settled two class action cases in which the State of Illinois agreed to appoint lawyers to people facing the revocation of their parole.
She is the recipient of the Illinois Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) “Legal Eagle” award for her work on the David Koschman case, and the Award for Excellence from the Northern District of Illinois for her work on parole reform. Van Brunt clerked for the Hon. Myron Thompson, U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama and received a law degree, with distinction, from Stanford Law School.