Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes has been appointed by American Bar Association President Paulette Brown to serve as a commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Youth at Risk, effective August 2015. The ABA established the commission in 2006 to examine ways that the law and the legal community can better identify and support America's at-risk young people. The commission is working to identify the challenges facing young people in the 13- to 21-year-old age range that greatly elevate their "risk" of involvement with the courts and to enhance laws, judicial intervention strategies, policies, practices and programs intended to better support this population and help prevent teens from becoming delinquent or engaging in criminal acts. This includes promotion of evidence-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for youth and their families, through improvement of state and federal laws and enhancement of judicial models such as true "Family Courts," based on broad-based therapeutic justice models.
One of Mr. Fuentes’ first acts as a commission member was to accompany a team of ABA volunteer lawyers to the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation mission near 51st and Elizabeth Streets on Chicago’s South Side to provide outreach and counseling services to neighborhood youths served by the mission. Many of the youths sought legal advice on issues such as expungement of criminal convictions in Cook County.
Mr. Fuentes is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Antitrust and Competition Law, and Media and First Amendment Practices. A former assistant U.S. attorney with broad-based experience in complex civil and criminal matters, Mr. Fuentes is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches Introduction to Trial Advocacy.