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Casper Leitner

MA Student

Criminology, Law, and Justice

Pronouns: He/She


Casper Leitner received her BA at UIC, focusing on Transformative Justice and peace circle facilitation. She is a trained domestic violence court advocate, paralegal, and circle keeper in the city of Chicago. Casper’s research interests include the deconstruction of the prison-industrial complex, the reallocation of mental health resources amongst Black and Brown communities, and the decriminalization of sex work. He has been involved in think tanks with the Dalai Lama foundation that focused on creating empathetic and inclusive forms of instruction in the Vancouver public school system. She is also the founder of multiple mental health “toolboxes” that are used in multiple Illinois high schools and at DePaul University. They plan on attending law school after their MA program is completed in order to pursue their passion for court advocacy.


DePaul University: AA in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
UIC: BA in Criminology, Law and Justice; Summa Cum Laude