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Diversity Leadership CouncilThe newsletter of the ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Council

June 2007, vol. 1, no. 1

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In This Issue…

  • Diversity in the Legal Profession: What we can do to open doors?
    The Illinois State Bar Association proudly stood as a co-sponsor of the ABA resolution supporting the creation of a Diversity Pipeline to help guide young minority students to the law. With over 70 official sponsors of the resolution, Illinois stands with 20 state bar associations and numerous county, city and specialty bars, as well as ABA sections, in support of opening doors to offer opportunities to any student who aspires to a career in the law.
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession: ISBA’s commitment continues
    The Illinois State Bar Association has a long-standing and unwavering commitment to diversity in the legal profession and in the Association.  
  • Chair’s column
    As chairs of the Standing Committees on Women and the Law and Minority and Women Participation, we are pleased to share with you the diversity outreach and educational efforts that our committees have undertaken during the past year. 
  • Diversity Roundtable: Pipeline to the future
    During the past year, the Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation has been exploring ways that the Illinois State Bar Association can encourage more minorities traverse the educational pipeline into the legal profession.
  • The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and its mission
    The Illinois Supreme Court took a dramatic step forward by creating the Commission on Professionalism.
  • Diversity is a yarn, until women of color are woven into the law firm fabric
    Regardless how accomplished a woman may be, she cannot climb, much less reach the top of, the leadership ladder unless she spends a certain amount of years in her work environment.
  • Articulating the business case for inclusion
    Abundant research, practical experience, and media stories support the business case for diversity. Ensuring that diversity is achieved requires committed leadership and rigorous assessment so that change is both measurable and sustainable into the future.
  • Summary of the 2006 Diversity Luncheon
    On September 18, 2006, the Peoria County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee held its third annual Diversity Luncheon and outdid itself again.
  • The Chicago Call to Action for Women Attorneys: The right thing to do for law firms
    The Call to Action was launched on January 25, 2005 to increase the number of women partners and to enhance leadership opportunities for women attorneys in law firms.
  • Diversity news
    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association selected the law firm of Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker Levin and Tominberg, Ltd. as the recipient of the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region.
  • Mission Possible: Black Law Students Association at SIU Initiative
    BLSA, which is an organization comprised of a small group of African American and other minority law students, has targeted minority elementary, middle, and high school students, most of whom will come from low income and educationally deprived communities in Illinois and surrounding areas.
  • Excellence and strength through diversity: The positive impact on the future of our profession
    Increasing diversity within the legal profession not only contributes significantly to the quality of the profession, but also serves to enhance the public’s confidence in, and respect for, the legal system. As members of the legal profession, it is our duty and obligation to assume the lead in assuring that there is gender, racial, ethnic and sexual orientation diversity within our ranks.

Related Court Cases

Motions to Dismiss
Central Austin Neighborhood Association v. City of Chicago
Two organizations sued City of Chicago, alleging violation of Illinois Civil Rights Act, alleging that on average, persons in neighborhoods populated mostly by African-Americans and Hispanics wait longer than persons in mostly white neighborhoods for police to arrive in response to 911 call. The Act provides sufficient standards for court to apply to determine whether City's policies justify any disparate impact in response times to 911 calls. Courts have the competence needed to decide issues of such impact and justification for that impact, and have power to order appropriate relief for unjusitied disparate impact. Complaint does not present a nonjusticiable political question. (PUCINSKI and MASON, concurring.)

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