Educator Joyce Hutchens to speak at DePaul

Rachel Marciano
March 16, 2017

To kick off a series of events examining how people in the community relate to the legal system, the Rinn Law Library at DePaul University will host Joyce Hutchens for a discussion of her book, "How a Pro Se Won Justice," on March 24. The book and corresponding lecture detail Hutchens' experience successfully representing herself in court against the Chicago Board of Education.

Abandoned twice by her attorneys throughout her lawsuit alleging repeated instances of race discrimination, Hutchens took it upon herself to argue her own case. With no money or legal training, she wrote her own briefs, engaged in argument in court and ultimately won before a panel of judges.

A native of Chicago, Hutchens has served in education for more than 20 years. She is a National Board certified teacher in secondary English language arts and holds multiple Illinois high school and middle school teaching certifications.

Friday, March 24 
12 p.m.
DePaul College of Law
25 E. Jackson Blvd., room 241

The event is free and open to the general public. A book signing in Barnes & Noble will follow the discussion. For additional information, please contact Heather Hummons, assistant librarian and head of library access services, at (312) 362-8958 or [email protected]. Learn more about upcoming events on the Rinn Law Library Facebook page.