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

June 2012, vol. 6, no. 1

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In This Issue…

  • Reflections of incoming President John E. Thies
    A message from John E. Thies, who will serve as ISBA President during the 2012-13 term.
  • Diversity is both seen and unseen
    As we strive to create a more inclusive profession, we need to be mindful that we cannot always see diversity.
  • Diversity Leadership Fellows Program continues to identify future ISBA leaders
    The ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Fellows program just completed its second full year and has been making strides in increasing diversity in the ISBA’s section councils and committees.
  • The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
    Now celebrating over 10 years of success, JIOP was established in response to a study released in February 2000, which reported that only 15 percent of all judicial clerkships are held by minorities—despite the fact that minorities make up 30 percent of the nation’s population and 20 percent of the law student population.
  • Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program
    This year Street Law, Inc., celebrated 40 years of providing accessible, engaging, and interactive programs to empower students and communities to become active, legally-savvy contributors to society. 
  • Obama supports same-sex marriage in May 9th interview
    On May 9, 2012, ABC News’ Robin Roberts interviewed President Obama and during that interview he stated for the first time that he now supports same-sex marriage. Below is a small portion of that history-making interview and his thoughts on equal rights and related legal issues.
  • ISBA invests in the Pipeline
    The ISBA/JTBF Law & Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative to assist students from minority, ethnic, and other groups who are currently underrepresented in the legal professions achieve academic success and aspire to a career in the law.
  • E. Lynn Grayson wins Diversity Leadership Award
    In recognition of her long-standing, continuing and exceptional commitment to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and the Illinois State Bar Association, E. Lynn Grayson is the 2012 winner of the ISBA Diversity Leadership Award. 

Related Court Cases

Equal Protection
Baskin v. Bogan
Dist. Ct. did not err in entering judgment in separate cases that invalidated Indiana’s (statutory) and Wisconsin’s (state constitution) bans on same-sex marriage. Challenged laws discriminated against homosexual minority based upon immutable characteristic, and states’ rationale that same-sex couples and their children do not need marriage because same-sex couples do not produce children was irrational. Ct. further found that said laws violated notions of equal protection since states failed to articulate any rationale for allowing infertile, heterosexual couples to marry and obtain financial benefits granted to marriages of fertile, heterosexual couples, but failing to give same financial benefits of marriage to same-sex couples who also do not produce children. Additionally, states’ solution for their concern regarding problem with unwanted children was not tailored to said concern because by denying marital rights to same-sex couples, they reduced incentive of such couples to adopt unwanted children and impaired welfare of those children who had already been adopted by same-sex couples.

Mandamus
Lee v. Godinez
Director of Department of Corrections is given statutory discretion to consider an eligible inmate's history of domestic battery convictions in determining whether to grant inmate discretionary early release. The award of supplemental sentencing credit (SSC) is, and always has been, discretionary, and thus changes to SSC statute do not violate ex post facto laws. Whether to grant work release or electronic home detention are matters of day-to-day operations within discretion for Department of Corrections. (HOLDRIDGE, concurring; McDADE, specially concurring.)

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