John Marshall Law School Professor Hugh Mundy Addresses Poverty and Criminal Justice at Seattle University School of Law

CHICAGO, March 3, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Professor Hugh Mundy of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago presented at Seattle University School of Law's Poverty Law: Academic Activism Conference in February.

Mundy joined Professor Olympia Duhart from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and Professor Ruben Garcia of UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law to discuss how poverty impedes access to the justice system, relief from natural disasters, and ability to earn a fair wage. Specifically, Mundy spoke about the case of an Illinois man seeking post-conviction relief after serving over a quarter-century for a rape he said he never committed. His requirement to register as a sex offender has hampered his ability to find work and rebuilding his life after prison.

"Since his conviction, Maurice Dunn has fought to reclaim his innocence," Mundy said. "With the help of The John Marshall Law School, he has uncovered new and compelling evidence, including a tacit confession from the individual suspected of the crime for which Mr. Dunn was convicted. We remain confident that he will be exonerated."

Mundy joined the John Marshall faculty in 2012 after two years at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, where he taught Lawyering Skills and supervised the Criminal Justice Clinic. Mundy previously was an assistant federal public defender for eight years, working first in the Middle District of Tennessee and then in the Southern District of New York. He represented clients charged with a range of offenses, including narcotics, firearms, immigration, federal benefits and Internet-based crimes. He also argued multiple appellate cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Mundy teaches Evidence, Criminal Law and Lawyering Skills. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.|

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program fifth, its Trial Advocacy Program 16th and its Intellectual Property Law Program 17th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity.

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