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

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Newsletter articles from 2008

The ADA on the edge of 17: That was the law that was By Patrick J. Kronenwetter June 2008 Diversity, to no one’s surprise, means different things to different people.
All you need is love. . . And the right legislation: The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826) By Annemarie E. Kill June 2008 As of this writing, the deadline for action has been extended to allow time to obtain sufficient support to ensure the bill is passed.
Chicago Bar Association’s Call to Action: Progress on Women in Leadership in the Legal Profession By Jane DiRenzo Pigott June 2008 The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women put out a Call to Action on women in leadership positions in the legal professions in 2004.
De-mystifying the ISBA – Sections and Committees By Jennifer A. Shaw November 2008 As many an ISBA President has said, the sections and committees are the lifeblood of this organization.
Diverse experiences: Covering my hair, not my mind: A Muslim woman’s perspective By Amina Saeed March 2008 This is the first in a series of articles written by practitioners about the challenges faced by minority and women attorneys in the profession and strategies to meet those challenges.
Diversity in the Legal Profession: ISBA’s commitment continues June 2008 The Illinois State Bar Association has a long-standing and unwavering commitment to diversity in the legal profession and in the Association.
Diversity Task Force reappointed after productive first year By Alice M. Noble-Allgire November 2008 ISBA President Jack Carey has authorized the continuation of the Task Force on Diversity for another year to continue several projects initiated during its first term.
Diversity: Why checking the “box” is not enough By John R. Richards June 2008 On February 15, 2008, I had the privilege to speak as a panelist at “the Hire Big 10 Diversity in the Law 2008” seminar at the ISBA.
ISBA Task Force on Diversity Hosts Hire Big 10 Plus—Diversity in the Law Program June 2008 On February 15, 2008, the ISBA Task Force on Diversity hosted a group of diversity college students as part of the Hire Big 10—Diversity in the Law 2008 Program.
ISBA Task Force on Diversity—Chair’s Report By E. Lynn Grayson June 2008 This year’s Task Force on Diversity resulted in large part from the pipeline project initiated by ISBA President Irene Bahr during her term.
ISBA visits SIU School of Law June 2008 On April 11-12, 2008, the ISBA Standing Committees on Women and the Law and Women and Minority Participation visited SIU School of Law in Carbondale.
Journey to Judgeship: An Interview with Judge Patrice M. Ball-Reed By Mona M. Stone November 2008 A dynamic woman recently fulfilled an aspiring goal and assumed her well-deserved spot on the Cook County bench.
Last chance to complete diversity survey By Sonni Choi Williams March 2008 A “call to action” has been issued to all Illinois attorneys to participate in the first statewide survey designed to gauge the level of diversity in the state.
Letter from the Chair By Jennifer A. Shaw November 2008 The Standing Committee on Women and Minority Participation’s 2008-2009 year is off to an exciting start.
Letter from the Chair: A call to action By Andrew Fox March 2008 Tapping away in a laptop into the wee hours of the night, clicking through sites trying to find that one bit of information that will make you shine at work, that will wrap up the perfect research assignment, that will get the naysayers and critics to stop redlining your work and forwarding your e-mails is a like a frenzied rush to the finish line at the Chicago or Boston Marathon.
A square peg in a round world By Sonni Choi Williams June 2008 When Deb Walker called me and asked me to speak at the Celia M. Howard Fellowship Luncheon on the topic of diversity, I was immersed in diversity issues because I was helping the ISBA’s Task Force on Diversity launch a statewide Diversity Survey and I had diversity pouring out of me.
Ten strategies for attorneys facing the challenges of diversity By Alice M. Noble-Allgire June 2008 While there is an increasing desire for diversity in the legal profession, diversity brings with it some special challenges for attorneys who transcend the traditional attorney mold.
“Who Me? A Law Professor?” aims to diversify law faculty By Suzanne Schmitz November 2008 Did you know that 63 percent of the law professors in the U.S. are men?
Who me? A law professor?—Southern Illinois University School of Law sponsors workshop for lawyers interested in law teaching March 2008 In an effort to bring more diversity to the legal academy, faculty from the Southern Illinois University School of Law presented a workshop during the Illinois State Bar Association’s December 2007 midyear meeting on how practicing lawyers can transition into law teaching jobs.
Why diversity matters. . . June 2008 The members of the Standing Committee on Women and the Law and the Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation share their views on why diversity matters to them.