LAW OFFICE OF ADELE D. NICHOLAS
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Since 2008, Adele Nicholas has been working as a civil rights advocate in Chicago and the surrounding communities. She devotes her practice to fighting systemic abuses in the criminal justice system, combatting police misconduct, and holding employers accountable when they violate workers' rights.
RECENT NOTABLE CASES:
- Adele represents four families whose children were illegally detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center without a probable cause hearing within 48 hours. The parents' class action lawsuit, Goudy v. Evans, forced the Cook County juvenile court system to begin holding hearings for juvenile detainees on weekends and holidays. Adele spoke to WBEZ about the case.
- In Koger v. Dart, a federal judge found that a ban on newspapers in the Cook County Jail violated
the First Amendment rights of detainees. Adele represented Gregory Koger, an activist who wanted to stay abreast of the news while serving a short sentence in the county jail. The Court declared the ban on newspapers unconstitutional, noting that prisoners have a right to read
the news and that the jail's policy was an unreasonable response to security concerns. Read the Chicago Sun-Times' story about the decision.
- Adele was the lead trial attorney in Pindak v. Dart, in which two people who panhandle to make ends meet took the sheriff of Cook County to court to protect their First Amendment right to peacefully ask for donations on Daley Plaza. A federal jury found Sheriff Tom Dart responsible for failing to properly train his deputies about citizens' First Amendment rights. Watch Fox 32's coverage.
Many matters can be handled on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay anything unless we obtain compensation for you. An initial consultation and evaluation of your potential case is free. Call 847-361-3869 to speak to attorney Adele Nicholas.