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Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law NewsletterThe newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law

February 2005, vol. 15, no. 2

Inspiring Women-Women Everywhere: Partners in Service gears up for 2005!

We are proud to announce that the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Inc. ("WE") is officially its own not-for-profit corporation effective this year! WE's initial Board of Directors includes Kimberly Anderson, Christine Athanasoulis, Honorable Jacqueline P. Cox, Sharon Eiseman (Founder), Michele Jochner, Margot Klein (Chair 2001-2004), Honorable Bertina Lampkin, Honorable Diane Larson, Gail H. Morse, Fox News Reporter Nancy Pender, Pamela Schneider, Woon-Wah Siu, and Neera Walsh. Officers for 2004-2005 are Jeanne M. Reynolds, President (Co-Chair 2003-2005), Ellen M. Girard, Vice President (Co-Chair 2004-2006), and Mary Minella, Treasurer.

WE is a volunteer collective aimed at soliciting and coordinating volunteer activities on behalf of women and children in need. WE celebrates its sixth anniversary with our theme "Inspiring Women." Due to popular demand, WE has expanded to two days: May 12, 2005 for presentation of its Educational Program for girls and young women in the Chicago area, and May 26, 2005 for our day of community service and outreach to local agencies helping women and children in need.

WE has an extensive Planning Committee of volunteers from its nine women's bar group partners, including the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.; Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women; Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Women in the Law Committee; DuPage Association of Women Lawyers; Hadassah Attorneys Council; Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois' Latina Lawyers Committee; Illinois State Bar Association Minority and Women Participation Committee; Illinois State Bar Association Women and the Law Committee; and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. The Chicago Bar Foundation serves as our fiscal partner. WE is grateful for the generosity, support and donations given each year by the numerous law firms in the area. The Planning Committee, Board of Directors, Officers and all of our volunteers are dedicated to improving the community and inspiring women!

Through the various activities of the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, approximately 400 volunteers participate in activities at community agencies or educational projects benefiting young women and girls. Nearly 30 community service agencies in several Illinois counties receive volunteer services through the project. Service activities are varied, ranging from direct service activities such as painting, gardening or spring cleaning projects, to tutoring and legal service activities, such as discussions on domestic violence and seminars on small business basics. The thrill of helping coordinate a successful clothing drive or a children's book collection for those who do not have those luxuries, as well as appreciating the simple joy of a young child's smile or the many gifts women of all different walks of life have to offer, indeed feed the soul of the overworked and underappreciated women attorneys who long to make a difference!

For all of those interested in building bridges or shaping young minds, please feel free to sign up for a few hours or the whole day. All who participate agree TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! For more information or to sign-up to volunteer, contact Volunteer Committee Chair, Courtney A. Stevens of Jenner & Block LLP at cstevens@jenner.com or (312) 840-8621 or visit www.women-everywhere.org.


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