Illinois Clemency Project
About Us
Margaret Byrne, Director

Margaret Byrne, Director

Margaret Byrne is an attorney in Chicago who has worked extensively with women in prison. She started filing petitions on behalf of women in prison in the last 1980’s and founded the Clemency Project in the early 1990’s with law professor, Mary Becker.


Mary Becker, Co-Founder

Mary Becker, Co-Founder

Mary Becker was the Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law at the University of Chicago School of Law, where she began teaching in 1982. She clerked for Honorable Abner Mikva, Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court. As a visiting professor, Professor Becker has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, Georgetown, DePaul, and Chicago-Kent. She has written and lectured extensively on numerous topics, particularly feminist theory, family law, and lesbian and gay issues. She is one of the organizers of the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women, a feminist activist, and served as the AALS liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.


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