Since 2010, Alexa Van Brunt has served as an attorney on the MacArthur Justice Center team working on key cases, including litigating on behalf of victims of the Jon Burge police torture scandal and other police misconduct. She also has been lead attorney on suits to address such issues as conflicts of interest within the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the violation of prisoners’ rights in Illinois correctional facilities. In 2014, she and her colleague, Sheila Bedi, settled a class action suit in which the State of Illinois agreed to appoint lawyers to youth facing the revocation of their parole and imprisonment in the Department of Juvenile Justice. Van Brunt also instructs teams of students in the MacArthur Justice Center’s civil rights litigation clinic and manages their participation as junior counsel on the Center’s cases. She is the recipient of the Illinois Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) “Legal Eagle” award for her work on the David Koschman case. Prior to joining the Justice Center, she clerked for the Hon. Myron Thompson, U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama. Van Brunt received a law degree, with distinction, from Stanford Law School, and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University.
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