It is with great pleasure that we announce the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) Masters CLE Series schedule for Friday October 7th in Chicago, during our 2016 Annual Conference weekend. This seminal project is designed to help prepare lawyers, law students, and legal workers with proven techniques and strategies to combat the escalating issues of which we are all painfully aware. LEAP is designed to increase the numbers of those equipped to hold law enforcement accountable and secure justice in the courts and beyond, for those impacted by racism, brutality, misconduct, and complicity throughout the system.

We are delighted to present the LEAP Faculty and CLE Seminar topics for our legal education series to be presented in Chicago, Illinois at The DePaul University downtown campus, in the College of Law. The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) organization is hosting its annual conference October 6-9, 2016 and we invite you to join us for this unique, impactful experience!

CLE Faculty and Seminar Descriptions

SEMINAR# 1:           

9:00a-10:30a (1.5 hrs)

Title: Sec. 1983 Litigation, Civil Rights to Human Rights: Policing the Police

Description: Attorney Willis will provide a thorough overview of Sec. 1983 litigation strategies including Pre-Filing considerations, The Prima Facie Case, Actionable Conduct Under the Federal Civil Rights Act, Individual and Local Government Liability, Drafting Complaints, Hypothetical/ Non Hypothetical Cases, Attorneys’ Fees.

Participants will also benefit from Mr. Willis extensive knowledge of International Human Rights law and its application to domestic city, state, and federal cases for greater law enforcement accountability. CLE participants will learn about the existing treaties and how to access them the importance of grassroots organizing, and “how to” file stakeholders’ reports and present evidence in the international arena to bring human rights home.


LEAP Faculty_Durham_Atty Willis-photo

Stan Willis is an attorney in the City of Chicago, founder of The Law Office of Standish E. Willis, Ltd., specializing in civil and human rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, and federal rights cases. Most of his civil rights and human rights practice involves suits against police for acts of violence and civil abuse. He co-chairs the Chicago Chapter of The National Conference of Black Lawyers, and is a member of the Cook County Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and Chicago Bar Association. Stan earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees from The University of Chicago. He studied graduate economics at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and earned a Jurist Doctorate from The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago Kent College of Law.

Mr. Willis’ legal experience includes several years in private practice concentrating in state and federal criminal defense and federal civil rights litigation. During the course of his legal practice, he has tried many federal jury trials and several state jury and bench trials. He has also argued the state appellate court, and argued many cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Moreover, he has litigated numerous civil rights lawsuits against many municipalities involving dozens of public officials. In 2002, Stan was named one of the “30 Tough Lawyers” by The Chicago Magazine.

Atty. Willis has been a faculty-lecturer for the annual civil rights seminar sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), The Chicago Kent College of Law, and The American Bar Association in the area of Section 1983 Civil Rights Liability and Litigation. He maintains an active public speaking schedule on issues related to the criminal justice system, the death penalty, police brutality, community-control of police, the prison-industrial complex, the mass incarceration of Black Men and Women, America’s political prisoners, racism and the American legal system, and International Human Rights. He is a 2016 Chicago Bar and Cook County Bar Vanguard Award Recipient, and the 2015 NCBL Lawyer of the Year.

During the summer of 2005, Atty. Willis led a group of lawyers and community activists in an effort to focus international attention on police torture in Chicago. In September 2005, Stan Willis presented evidence of police torture before the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He supported the participation of a colleague in the next UN delegation to Geneva, due to his own appellate court conflict.

In February 2008, Willis presented evidence of police torture before the United Nations Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination “CERD” in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon his return from Geneva, Stan and BPAPT held town-hall meetings to report to the community about how his trip helped advance the Human Rights Movement in the United States.

In January 2009, Atty. Willis drafted a bill titled “The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Bill.” The Torture Commission, comprised of eight civilians, would have the authority to review the cases of those torture victims who remained in prison. BPAPT, under Stan’s leadership, took two busloads of community activists to Springfield, Illinois to educate legislators about the Torture Bill, and held several town-hall meetings to educate the community about the legislation. On August 10, 2009, the Torture Bill was signed into law.

As an active member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, Stan authored a Stakeholders’ Report on COINTELPRO Political Prisoners which was submitted to the UN Periodic Review of the United States in 2010. Attorney Stan’s research, writing, and speaking commitments have helped bring a new level of awareness and effectiveness to our local struggles by accessing the International Human Rights Movement as well as his exemplary record as a member of the Federal Defender’s panel of trial lawyers and a private practitioner specializing in civil rights, federal rights, personal injury, and police misconduct and brutality cases.

In July 2014, Atty. Willis submitted a Report to the United Nations Periodic Review of the United States criticizing the United States handling of the Burge Torture cases and urging a moratorium on lengthy segregation of inmates in United States Prisons.


tba 10:30a-12noon (1.5 hrs)



Title: Station House Defense (1.5 hrs)

Description: A bonus pro-bono “LUNCH & LEARN” CLE on Station House Defense from First Defense Legal Aid is included from 12Noon-1:30pm at no charge.


Attorney Samoane Williams, Program Manager and Supervising Staff Attorney for FDLA


Vickie Casanova Willis –NCBL LEAP Administrator,

Applied for: 4.5 hours total CLE credit for participants who complete all three (3), 1.5 hr CLE Seminars


Friday, October 7, 2016

LEAP CLE Schedule – 9a-1:30p includes LUNCH
4.5 Hours of CLE Credit (applied for)