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Business and Professional People for the Public Interest has served the Chicago region as an independent public interest law and policy center addressing compelling issues of social justice and quality of life for nearly a half century.

BPI lawyers and policy specialists use legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation and collaboration with nonprofit, business, community and governmental organizations to accomplish our mission.


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Meet Nora Mahlberg, Skadden Fellow

Hometown: Madison, WI Education: BA Carleton College; JD Harvard Law School Why she applied for a Skadden Fellowship at BPI: Most of my work prior to and during law school involved providing assistance…

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Chicago Police Department and Oversight System in Urgent Need of Reform

In the last nine months, two reports have been issued detailing far-reaching problems within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the police oversight system. In April, the Police Accountability Task Force, in which BPI…

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