Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

Count me in: An ISBA Diversity Leadership Council Event By Cory White Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 The first “Count Me In” reception was held during the ISBA Mid-Year Meeting and proved to be a rousing success.
“Defamation”: A synopsis of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee CLE Seminar By Divya Sarang and Priti Nemani Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 An overview of the Kane County Bar Association's October 2013 Ethics CLE Seminar.
Diversity and inclusion goes beyond the walls of Exelon’s legal department By Anthony Gay Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Exelon’s legal department, and the company as a whole, operates in markets that are rich in diversity—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, experience and thought.
Diversity in Kane County: A way it might arrive By Patrick M. Kinnally Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Author Patrick Kinnally shares his personal views on diversity.
Diversity Leadership Award By Sandra Blake Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Congratulations to the 2013 and 2014 winners!
Diversity Leadership Fellows Program Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 The Diversity Leadership Fellows program is designed to identify promising attorneys of diverse backgrounds who are not currently members of the ISBA and acclimate them to the ISBA under the mentoring of established leaders within the various section councils and standing committees within the association.
Kane County diversity colors even common problems By Judith Miller Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Justice cannot be achieved unless we acknowledge our differences and recognize the imbalances that work against fairness, efficiency and accuracy.
Law firm diversity: The new standard of workplace excellence By Edward N. Druck and Michael J. Hernandez Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 The authors, of Franczek Radelet P.C., share their firm's diversity policy.
Myra Bradwell: The practice of law in the wake of her legacy By Julie A. Neubauer and Emily N. Masalski Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 A recap of this memorable and well-attended March program.
A night celebrating diversity By Dina Ninfo Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Details from this event, which brought together leaders and members of multiple bar organizations to promote and support the mission to increase diversity and inclusion within the legal community.
Reflections on Blackstones Event By Erin Wilson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 On August 22, 2013, 120 years after the first gathering in Chicago, the Blackstones, gathered to celebrate women past, present, and future. This event, hosted by Winston & Strawn, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association President Julie A. Bauer, and Illinois State Bar Association President Paula H. Holderman, was an auspicious gathering of talented and dedicated attorneys, professors, and judges.
The Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law By Jameika Mangum Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 An update from from the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law. 
Technology fosters diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession By Jayne Reardon Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Because information is freely available, those who are creative, skilled in analyzing, and able to synthesize and apply legal principles in new ways to help clients, will be successful.
Spotlight on Women in ISBA Leadership: A visit with ISBA Catalyst Co-Editor, Cindy Galway Buys By Veronica Armouti Women and the Law, December 2013 Learn more about this dynamic member of our Committee.
One of one By Arthur Mingo Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2013 Author Arthur Mingo discusses his experiences as the only African-American in the class of 2014 at SIU School of Law.
Ramadan By Amina Saeed Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2013 An overview of the Muslim holiday to help legal professionals prepare for meetings with Muslim clients and employees.
Reflections on Blackstones Event By Erin Wilson Women and the Law, October 2013 On August 22, 2013, 120 years after the first gathering in Chicago, the Blackstones, gathered to celebrate women past, present, and future. This event, hosted by Winston & Strawn, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association President Julie A. Bauer, and Illinois State Bar Association President Paula H. Holderman, was an auspicious gathering of talented and dedicated attorneys, professors, and judges.
Diversity is both seen and unseen By William T. Eveland Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 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 By Annemarie E. Kill Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 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.
E. Lynn Grayson wins Diversity Leadership Award Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 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. 
ISBA invests in the Pipeline By Andrew Fox Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 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.
The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program By Tiffany W. Shimada Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 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.
Not all majority opinion assignment systems are equal By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2012 The Illinois Supreme Court has long followed a rotation system in assigning majority opinions, which a recent study called “most effective in promoting race and gender equality in opinion-writing assignments.”
Reflections of incoming President John E. Thies By John E. Thies Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 A message from John E. Thies, who will serve as ISBA President during the 2012-13 term.
Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program By Charlotte Friar Diversity Leadership Council, June 2012 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. 
Diversity In Law Schools, Diversity in the Legal Profession: Recent history and a few facts Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, April 2012 The Law & Leadership Institute is an exciting week-long residential program designed to introduce high school students of diverse backgrounds to the legal system, expose them to careers in the law, and provide them with practical tools for achieving their educational goals.  
ISBA/JTBF Law and Leadership Institute: Inspiring Leaders—Changing lives Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, April 2012 Law school admissions show a disturbing trend: although students of color have near-parity with white students’ GPAs and LSAT scores, the percentage and number of minority students (especially African-American and Latino students) admitted to law schools has declined significantly since 1993.
Winnebago County Bar Association co-sponsors Community Night Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, April 2012 The Winnebago County Bar Association Diversity Committee and the YMCA of Rock River Valley cosponsored a community outreach night in Rockford on March 28th. Attended by more than 80 high school and middle school students, members of the Winnebago County Bar Association and judiciary from the Illinois 17th Judicial Circuit, the purpose of the event was to educate youth about the legal profession.
Diversity Fellow Spotlight—Beverly A. Allen, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. By Beverly Yang Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2011 Given her decades-long dedication to serving those who cannot afford legal services, advocating on behalf of minorities and fighting for equal justice, it is only fitting that Beverly has been appointed to the ISBA Diversity Leadership Council as a 2011-2012 Fellow.
The ISBA Diversity Leadership Award Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2011 Nomination and eligibility information for this important award, which recognizes long-standing, continuing and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and within the Illinois State Bar Association.