Provost’s Leadership Retreat 2019 Breakout Questions

Theme: How Might We Realize the Potential of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies in the Urban Setting of Chicago

Question #1

Given what you know about UIC and UIC-JMLS, do we have the potential to address any of the
following problems through interdisciplinary legal approaches to teaching, research, and service,
and if so, how?

  • Public school achievement gap
  • Housing segregation
  • Overcrowding in jails
  • Police misconduct
  • Gun violence
  • Inequities in transportation, infrastructure, etc.
  • Health disparities
  • Unemployment among young men

Question #2

What role does law play in the current configuration of the following problems and what nonlegal
knowledge would be critical to assessing the role that law and/or other forces are playing?

  • Public school achievement gap
  • Housing segregation
  • Overcrowding in jails
  • Police misconduct
  • Gun violence
  • Inequities in transportation, infrastructure, etc.
  • Health disparities
  • Unemployment among young men

Question #3

What structures at the University might be created to support interdisciplinary legal scholarship
and pedagogy to address the following issues?

  • Public school achievement gap
  • Housing segregation
  • Overcrowding in jails
  • Police misconduct
  • Gun violence
  • Inequities in transportation, infrastructure, etc.
  • Health disparities
  • Unemployment among young men