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Newsletter articles from 2008

2007 World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index By E. Lynn Grayson January 2008 On November 8, 2007, the World Economic Forum released its second Gender Gap Index Report – a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities across the world and tracking how they evolve over time. The top 20 countries that performed best in the 2007 index are outlined below along with their ranking in 2006.
Acupuncture: What, When, Why and How? By Dr. Shanna Fritsch March 2008 For thousands of years, Eastern Medicine has used acupuncture to treat everything, including emotional disorders, pain, analgesia and wrinkle reduction.
Annual outreach and networking event June 2008 In April, the ISBA’s Women and the Law and the Minority and Women Participation Committee participated jointly in an outreach to Southern Illinois University students and facility.
Best practices for private attorneys defending female juveniles, or, The top 10 tips for juvie attorneys By Mary F. Petruchius January 2008 In 30-some words or less, could you explain the approach the attorney should take in representing a juvenile client?
A best practices guide for attorneys representing victims of domestic violence By E. Nicole Carrion March 2008 Over the years, I have represented numerous victims of domestic violence in all types of legal matters.
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th By Bella Abzug October 2008 At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”
Chair’s Column By E. Lynn Grayson December 2008 Given the progress of women attorneys in the legal profession, the need for or relevance of women’s bar associations, including similar groups existing within traditional bar associations, often is questioned.
Chair’s Column By E. Lynn Grayson October 2008 It is my distinct pleasure to serve as Chair of the Women and the Law Committee this year.
Changing the climate: Why gender equality matters By Rebecca Pearl January 2008 Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our time.
Child sex exploitation study probes extent of victimization in Illinois By Jessica Ashley June 2008 The commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States, often referred to as “modern day slavery,” is a multi-million-dollar industry supported by revenue from prostitution and pornography.
Class action challenging unconstitutional DCFS practices concludes after 11 years By Diane L. Redleaf and Angela Peters October 2008 In 1997, a class of parents and child-serving professionals filed a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Family Services, seeking extensive reform of DCFS investigations, based on violations of due process.
Collaborative divorce By Debra J. Braselton January 2008 Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time.
Difficult Conversations—Applying the principles from the best-selling book to the practice of law By Kim L. Kirn October 2008 The practice of law is filled with difficult conversations: telling someone who has been severely injured that their case is worth less than they think; explaining child custody rules to a divorcing spouse; and explaining to the senior partner who hired you why you have decided to leave your law firm.
Disparity between women and men’s compensation and leadership responsibilities still significant, NAWL survey concludes By Katherine Kelleher June 2008 On Friday, March 14th, Jenner & Block LLP confirmed that trial lawyer Susan Levy has been named as the firm’s new managing partner.1
Health Savings Accounts: One option for small firms when a group health plan is unaffordable By Julie A. Neubauer December 2008 As this election year comes to a close we have repeatedly heard the ideas and plans of politicians for how to improve the current health care crisis that millions of Americans now face.
Home is where the court is By Heather M. Fritsch October 2008 It occurred to me the other day that we, as lawyers, spend a great deal of our time at the courthouse. Well, let me take a step back.
If you build your own corner office they will come! By Sharon L. Eiseman March 2008 This article is about a recent interview the author conducted and is intended as a preview of a future roundtable discussion/exploration about women attorneys making the tough career choices—mostly to ‘go it on their own.’
ISBA Task Force On Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson January 2008 On October 30, 2007, the Task Force on Diversity held its first organizational meeting in Chicago. ISBA President Joe Bisceglia created this special task force in response to recommendations made by the ISBA Diversity Pipeline Project in its report issued in March, 2007.
ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year helps Committee develop its long-range goals June 2008 Women in the Law Committee Member Amie Simpson (above) is to receive the Young Lawyer of the Year Award for outside Cook County at the ISBA Annual Meeting in June. Justin Heather, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, was selected to receive the Young Lawyer of the Year Award forCook County. Congratulations to Amie and Justin!
Last letter from the Chair: And a wonderful time was had by all in Carbondale, Illinois! By Sharon L. Eiseman June 2008 Sadly but inevitably, this is my final Chair’s column for the 2007-08 term.
Lawyers as peacemakers—An opportunity to learn and explore By Sandra Crawford March 2008 Are you a warrior? Are you a peacemaker? Or, are you something other? Through answering these threshold questions we may be able to open broader dialogues which will lead us to answering the ultimate question of “what’s the better public image for our profession?”
Letter from the Chair: Is it midyear already? By Sharon L. Eiseman January 2008 Being an observant but not deeply religious person, I sometimes feel uncomfortable when a friend or stranger says to me: “Have a blessed day.”
National Association of Women Lawyers: 2007 Survey of the Status of Women in Law firms By E. Lynn Grayson June 2008 On February 19th, the ISBA Women and the Law Committee co-sponsored a National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations’ (“NCWBA”) program titled “A Closer Look: NAWL’s 2007 Survey of Women in Law Firms.”
New law adds remedies, enhances protections for DV victims By Sandra Blake October 2008 “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” —Jackie Robinson
New law offers better protection for victims of violence (but we’re not where we need to be quite yet) By Sharon L. Eiseman December 2008 Recently, our State Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law as PA095-0999 an amendment to the 2006 Safe Homes Act (“SHA”).
Our very own ‘Tish’ Spunar-Sheats joins the ranks of ISBA Laureates! March 2008 We announce with great pride the fabulous news that fellow Committee member Letitia Spunar-Sheats has been selected by the Board of Regents of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers to be one of the six distinguished attorneys of the 2008 Class of Laureates, for which she was nominated by our Committee.
An overview of TIF districts By Leslie Hairston October 2008 The stated purpose of the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act, 65 ILCS 5/11-74.4-1 et seq. (West) hereinafter referred to as the TIF Act, in the State of Illinois is to provide a mechanism for local governmental units in Illinois to spur economic development, in specific geographic areas that are deteriorating and/or declining, by providing gap financing for projects that would not occur without such public assistance.
Protect yourself, protect your family with auto insurance coverage By Stephanie K. Nathanson June 2008 Practically speaking, it is hard to find the time to stop and think about your automobile insurance coverage limits and how such limits can affect your life in the future.
Representing unmarried couples: The need for Illinois legislative action By E. Lynn Grayson March 2008 Legislative change is required to ensure the legal rights of unmarried couples are protected in Illinois.
Senators introduce bill in Congress to combat violence against girls and women on a global level By Sharon L. Eiseman January 2008 On November 1, 2007, Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced in the Senate the International Violence Against Women Act, closely modeled on the VAWA enacted by Congress in 1994 and recently re-authorized.