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Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

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.
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network: Women of Influence Luncheon By Sandra Blake Women and the Law, September 2011 The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network will honor history-maker and workplace rights advocate Lilly Ledbetter at the Women of Influence luncheon on Wednesday, September 14, at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.
Gender and the Judiciary—A view from the newest justice on the Illinois Supreme Court By Ellen Ogden Women and the Law, September 2011 An interview with Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.
Annual Luminary of Hope Event By Melissa M. Olivero Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Nearly 100 people commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the annual Luminary of Hope event in October.
Building diversity and inclusion through CLE and lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring By Jayne Reardon Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Now, thanks to the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent approval of a recommendation of the Commission on Professionalism, experienced attorneys supporting the development of new lawyers through an approved mentoring program may receive professional responsibility CLE credit under new Supreme Court Rule 795(d)(12), and activities around diversity and inclusion are a key component of the Commission’s approved mentoring plan.
Championing real diversity in a meaningful way By Shira Truitt Women and the Law, June 2011 The author provides a few meaningful ways to champion real diversity.
Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Inaugural Class of Diversity Leadership Fellows Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 The Diversity Leadership Fellows program had its inaugural year in 2010-2011. The goal of the Fellows program is to increase diversity in the membership of ISBA section councils, committees, and other leadership positions, to educate young lawyers about the work, structure, and policies of the ISBA, and to ultimately to develop a diverse group of future leaders of the organization.
Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Mentoring, Women & Minorities By Jennifer M. Sender Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Throughout the plan year, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation offers support to small, medium, and large law firms to become their “diversity partners” and encourages mentoring and recruitment of minority attorneys. As a diversity partner, the DSF will work hand-in-hand with the leadership of these firms to structure and implement a diversity plan of action beyond mere lip service.
The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index By Marc A. Garcia Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Since 2002, through the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the Human Rights Campaign has surveyed major businesses, including law firms, to benchmark important employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their families.
ISBA Board of Governors adopts resolution recommending two additional Board seats to increase diversity By Annemarie E. Kill Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 With approximately 30,000 members, the ISBA is the largest voluntary statewide organization of lawyers in Illinois. This Resolution advances our association’s goal of inclusion by reflecting the changing face of our profession.
ISBA develops Law & Leadership Pilot Program By Paula H. Holderman Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 The ISBA and the Illinois Bar Foundation, through the M. Denny Hassakis Fund, have agreed to make a one-time contribution of $37,500 to run the three-week pilot program for 40 disadvantaged minority eighth-grade graduates. It is the expectation and hope of the ISBA in collaboration with the Illinois legal community, that this initial pilot program will expand to a statewide initiative of intensive summer programs and regular Saturday programming during the school year.
ISBA Diversity Award Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 The Diversity Leadership Award 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.
ISBA Diversity Web page By E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 The ISBA diversity Web page serves as a central repository of the latest diversity-related information, activities and events within the bar association as well as the Illinois legal community. The Web page also provides insight into recent diversity led initiatives and highlights the progress of other Task Force recommendations.
ISBA members committed to diversity: How you can get involved By Annemarie E. Kill Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Read about some of the highlights of the work done by the diversity-related ISBA committees and section councils this bar year.
ISBA—Who we are and how we are doing in 2011 By Sandra Crawford Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Are our efforts to promote diversity in ISBA membership working? Check out the ISBA's census data here.
The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute By Juan Andrade Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Learn more about this nationally acclaimed Chicago-based nonprofit that, since it began its community empowerment work in 1982, has increased the number of Hispanics registered to vote from 82,000 to over 200,000.
Associate judge shares insights on success as a female in the legal profession By Natalie Lorenz Women and the Law, April 2011 Some lessons Judge April Troemper has learned along the way.
National Association of Women Lawyers releases fifth annual survey Women and the Law, April 2011 The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and The NAWL Foundation has released the results of their fifth annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms.
Three women on the Court By Michele M. Jochner Women and the Law, April 2011 For the first time in history, three women serve on both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Raja Krishnamoorthi’s Remarks at the Peoria County Bar Association’s Diversity Luncheon, September 2, 2010 Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, February 2011 Read a transcript of the address given at the Annual Diversity Luncheon.
Spotlight on our very own “Home-grown Chicago girl”: An interview with the Honorable Patrice Ball-Reed By Mary F. Petruchius Women and the Law, September 2010 An interview with Judge Patrice Ball-Reed, by Mary Petruchius.
Diversity Pipeline By Ebony R. Huddleston General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2010 The American Bar Association’s recently released report on diversity, while short on numeric data, highlights that law is less diverse than most other professions and that diversity in law is undergoing an increasingly slowing progress.