Date: Wednesdays,

January 31, February 7, 14, 21

(4 sessions)

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (CT) / 8:00 - 9:00 PM (ET)


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Facilitator: David Grosky  & Guest Lawyers


January 31, 2024 -  Alan Mills, Esq.

Parole and Probation:

  • What to expect and how to best navigate these issues.
  • Post-conviction relief avenues upon release: when to "let go" and when it is worthwhile to challenge.


February 7 - Mark Weinberg, Esq.

  • Civil Rights Litigation Issues including for Registered Citizens


February 14  - Elizabeth Kelley, Esq.

  • Mental Health and the Law
  • Sentencing and Parole/Probation Mitigation
  • The relationship between mental health and legal proceedings


February 21 - David Grosky,  Ashley Bishel, &  Maurice Hughes

  • Recent federal law developments providing opportunities for a quicker transition to home confinement. 
  • The Just Housing Amendment.



David Grosky, is a 1983 graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a 1986 graduate of the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Grosky was a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois from 1987-2007. During these years in private practice, Mr. Grosky specialized in complex business bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters.

David is employed as Sales Development Manager at Visiplex Inc. in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Visiplex is a global leader and provider of Wireless Emergency Notification systems to schools, nursing homes, places of worship and manufacturing and other industry companies. Mr. Grosky has devoted his time and energy to assisting prison inmates with their legal and administrative research, writing and filing needs. He often assists as a legal advisor to the Hinda Institute where Mr. Grosky serves in several other capacities.




Alan Mills, Esq., is the Executive Director of the Uptown People's Law Center, where he represents prisoners throughout the state prison system.

Alan began working at UPLC in 1979 as a law student volunteer, and has worked there in one capacity or another ever since. He made his first visit to an Illinois prison in 1982, and has been visiting prisoners ever since.

UPLC currently has six class action cases against the Illinois Department of Corrections, including cases about medical care, mental health care, and the excessive use of solitary.

Recently concluded challenging the way that the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Prisoner Review Board handled parole revocations.




Mark Weinberg, Esq., is a 1984 graduate of Yale College and a 1988 graduate of the Law School at the University of Chicago. Since 2001, he has been a solo practitioner with a focus on civil rights law. Since 2014, his main professional focus has been litigating the constitutionality of laws and policies directed at people convicted of sex offenses. Mr. Weinberg is widely regarded as an expert in the area of sex offense law and policy and regularly consults with criminal defense and civil rights attorneys throughout the country regarding such issues.



Elizabeth Kelley, Esq. is a criminal defense lawyer with a nationwide practice specializing in representing people with mental disabilities.

She is the editor of four books published by the American Bar Association (ABA): Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers; Representing People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers; Suicide and Its Impact on the Criminal Justice System (with Francesca Flood) and Representing People with Dementia: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 2022 (scheduled).

She co-chaired The Arc’s National Center for Criminal Justice and Disability Advisory Board and served three terms on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

She is active in the ABA, serving as a Vice President of the Criminal Justice Section Council, the Editorial Board of Criminal Justice Magazine, and having served on the ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights and as an observer at the hearings at Guantanamo. She currently serves as the Editor of the ABA’s Annual publication, The State of Criminal Justice.




Ashley Bishel joined UPLC in September 2022 as a staff attorney. Her work focuses on tenants’ rights and the Just Housing Amendment. She coordinates know-your-rights training and community meetings with low-income tenants in Chicago. Ashley graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2022.





Maurice Hughes joined UPLC in May 2023. He returned home in April 2022 after 27 years in prison. Maurice is deeply passionate about helping others—since getting out of prison, much of his focus has been spent advocating on behalf of those still inside. He is a graduate of the Future Leaders Apprenticeship Program, which prepares formerly imprisoned people for employment. In his role as Outreach Coordinator at UPLC, Maurice focuses on outreach and education for the community on issues surrounding housing rights and discrimination.




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