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DePaul University Will Explore Cannabis Reform, Criminal Expungement, and Race In Lunchtime Discussion

DePaul University Will Explore Cannabis Reform, Criminal Expungement, and Race In Lunchtime Discussion

Chicago, IL — Following Martin Luther King Day, DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics will host a lunchtime conversation to explore reform, criminal expungement, and racial disparities in the cannabis industry.

On January 1st, 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Legalization in the state has proven to be a chaotic process, and it has left thousands of residents wondering what the impact will be on their personal and professional lives.

In partnership with with the Center for Public Interest Law at DePaul University College of Law, lawmakers, community activists, and legal aids will educate attendees about the social impacts of making cannabis legal and address any confusion about criminal record expungement, racial equality, and many other topics.

“The Institute and DePaul University are uniquely positioned to examine the intersection of education, public policy, and the law.  This panel explores how cannabis reform challenges our existing criminal justice model and potentially effects our state economy. This panel fleshes out how the criminal expungement process will work for those with cannabis convictions and how well it addresses issues related to racial disparity in the war on drugs. Our DePaul Minicases site allows interested users to bring these issues and more into their classrooms, HR trainings and press rooms in timely, short case study form., said Summer Brown, Executive Director Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.”

The speaker lineup includes:

● Majority Deputy Leader Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (Illinois State Representative, 92nd District)

● Kristina Kaupa, policy advisor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

● Esther Franco-Payne, executive director of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic.

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● Courtney Kelledes, Attorney at Law, Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC, Moderator

The university is particularly focused on examining the ethical and legal impact of cannabis legalization across the state, so that lawmakers can be better held accountable for the decisions that they are making. The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University is launching DePail Minicases (, which will sell shot, cutting edge cases on issues of ethic and law. Recently, they explored cannabis use in the workplace. To download the study for free, use the code “cannabis” as checkout.

To register for the free Cannabis Reform: Criminal Expungement and Racial Disparity lunchtime discussion at DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard Room 8005, visit

Space is limited.