2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Andrew Hemmer

Andrew Hemmer

Name of Host Organization: Cabrini Green Legal Aid
City, State: Chicago, Illinois
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
Sponsors: United Airlines, Inc. ; Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The Project

Create the Civil Asset Forfeiture Defense Project (CAFDP), which will provide representation to individuals who have had their vehicles impounded due to arrests, stopping further cycles of poverty.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
The Chicago Police Department impounds thousands of vehicles every year that allegedly have some connection to criminal activity, and almost none of the vehicle owners affected have any legal assistance. Andrew’s project aims to provide direct representation to vehicle owners in city impoundment proceedings and state forfeiture proceedings, with the ultimate goal of successfully advocating for changes in state and city policies surrounding civil asset forfeiture.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Andrew is the right person for the project because:
• He served disadvantaged communities by volunteering at an orphanage in Africa and a children’s medical clinic in Nicaragua
• During law school, Andrew has focused almost exclusively on helping indigent individuals deal with the direct and collateral consequences of contact with the criminal justice system, spending two summers at Cabrini Green Legal Aid and two semesters at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office

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