Attorney Adele Nicholas is committed to helping her clients obtain justice when they are victims of wrongdoing by corporations or government entities. She has sucessfully prosecuted many notable constitutional cases, including Koger v. Thomas Dart, in which the court found a ban on newspapers in the Cook County Jail violated the First Amendment; Norton v. City of Springfield, in which the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found unconstitutional an ordinance banning panhandling in downtown Springfield, and Goudy v. Evans, which required the Circuit Court of Cook County to provide prompt probable cause hearings to juvenile detainees held in custody on weekends and holidays.
Adele authored a chapter of the 2017 edition of the Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, published by Thomson Reuters. She is a member of the Chicago chapter of the National Police Accountability Project and serves as a volunteer attorney for First Defense Legal Aid, a Chicago-based organization that protects the rights of people in the custody of the Chicago police department.
Outside of work, Adele enjoys writing music and playing in several local bands. The Chicago Reader recently profiled Adele's work and activism.