John Conroy joins DePaul University College of Law as senior lecturer and director of investigations for the DePaul Legal Clinic. In his role at DePaul, Conroy will assist clinics with investigative work for their clients, including family law, misdemeanor, criminal appeals and death penalty. Conroy will work directly with students, helping them develop and craft investigations. In spring 2013, Conroy will teach a fact investigation course at the College of Law.
Conroy is an award-winning investigative reporter, lecturer and acclaimed author of “Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture” and “Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life.” Beyond his contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Public Radio, Conroy is renowned for his journalistic work at the Chicago Reader, where he was instrumental in the investigation of Chicago's police torture scandal. As senior investigator for the Better Government Association, Conroy directed an investigation of the human, social and financial costs of wrongful conviction in Illinois. The investigation led to a 2011 state senate hearing.
Most recently, Conroy debuted as a playwright with “My Kind of Town." The two-act production is currently nominated by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee for best new work. Directed by DePaul Theatre School graduate Nick Bowling (MFA ’96), "My Kind of Town" addresses Chicago's response to the trial of former Police Department commander Jon Burge.