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Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

The Alliance of Illinois Judges Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 Established in 2009 by 15 Cook County judges who openly identify themselves as gay or lesbian, the Alliance of Illinois Judges seeks to promote the administration of justice and to improve the legal profession.
The Chicago Committee Mentorship Academy: A Model for Mentoring Diverse Associates Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 The Chicago Committee Mentorship Academy launched in 2008, and uses a non-traditional model to help new associates find success and fulfillment in their legal practice.
The commitment to diversity should be a badge worn every day Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 The Annual Diversity Luncheon has been one of the Peoria County Bar Association's most well-attended and successful events. But if statistics are any indicators, there's still have a long way to go to ensure diversity in the legal profession.
Continuing a proud tradition Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 Since it first began in 1993, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago has undergone tremendous growth and change.
Diversity and health of the bench and bar can be enhanced through professional responsibility CLE By Jayne Reardon Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2010 Professional responsibility CLE can be a great way to elevate our profession to a higher level.
Diversity Leadership Council—Report from the Chair Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 An introduction from Chair Alice Noble-Allgire.
E. Lynn Grayson’s Introduction of Judge George Leighton receiving the ISBA Diversity Leadership Award Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 An description of the ISBA Diversity Leadership Award and background of its first recipient, Hon. George N. Leighton.
The groundbreaking Diversity Committee becomes an official Winnebago County Bar Association committee and will be accepting new members By Susan K. Riege Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2010 All those who would like to help the Winnebago County Bar Association define and act out its commitment to achieving greater diversity in the legal profession and judiciary are invited to join the newly formed Winnebago County Bar Association Diversity Committee during the coming membership year.
Illinois’ legal community unites to raise over $100,000 for Haiti rebuilding efforts Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 On March 31, approximately 400 lawyers from the Illinois legal community joined together for an evening in support of charities working in Haiti to rebuild a country shattered by the loss of over 200,000 people as a result of the recent earthquake.
Mangum’s experience running for the ISBA Assembly Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2010 The journey of Jameika Williams Mangum from an Assistant State's Attorney in McHenry County to the ISBA Assembly representing the 22nd Judicial Circuit.
Obama Administration Outreach to Chicago Legal Community Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 On November 2nd, Chicago welcomed back its own Kareem A. Dale, Special Assistant to President Obama, to address issues of concern to the Chicago legal community.
Reorganization will strengthen the ISBA’s diversity efforts By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2010 You may not have heard any hammers or saws, but the ISBA recently completed a major renovation of its diversity-related committees and sections councils—a renovation that is already seeing substantial dividends in terms of greater efficiency and collaborative creativity.
Summary of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article from February 11, 2010 By Ebony R. Huddleston Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2010 The article focused on the diversity pipeline as an avenue for increasing diversity in the legal profession.
The Unity Dinner and Annual Bar President’s Swearing-In Ceremony unites the legal community in a celebration of diversity Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 More than 50 area bar associations came together for the 2009 Unity Award Dinner and Seventh Annual Bar Presidents Swearing-In Ceremony.
Update from the Chair of the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 The mission of the Standing Committee has been focused on educating and creating awareness of issues impacting racial and ethnic minorities.
Reorganization will strengthen the ISBA’s diversity efforts By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Human Rights, February 2010 You may not have heard any hammers or saws, but the ISBA recently completed a major renovation of its diversity-related committees and sections councils—a renovation that is already seeing substantial dividends in terms of greater efficiency and collaborative creativity.
Reorganization will strengthen the ISBA’s diversity efforts By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Women and the Law, December 2009 You may not have heard any hammers or saws, but the ISBA recently completed a major renovation of its diversity-related committees and sections councils—a renovation that is already seeing substantial dividends in terms of greater efficiency and collaborative creativity.
The City of Chicago renews its commitment to minority and women-owned businesses By Daniel R. Saeedi Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2009 The City of Chicago has recently renewed its Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program, an affirmative action program in construction with goals for awarding 24% of City construction contracts to Minority-owned Business Enterprises and 4% to Women-owned Business Enterprises. 
The commitment to diversity should be a badge worn every day By Sonni Choi Williams Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2009 As the Peoria County Bar Association celebrated its 6th Annual Diversity Luncheon, I looked at the crowded room filled with more than 300 attendees including judges, ISBA representatives, school board members, students, and lawyers and felt proud that so many came out to support the commitment to diversity. But my celebratory mood dampened when I was also reminded of how easily the call and commitment to diversity can be overshadowed by a five-star event and the all-so-convenient excuse of the current economic downturn.
Interview with Julie Bauer By Paula H. Holderman Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2009 Julie A. Bauer is an equity partner with the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, headquartered in Chicago. 
2007-2009 Task Force on Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, September 2009 The efforts are continuing to ensure that the ISBA is as welcoming an environment as possible to all Illinois attorneys. We invite you to learn more about diversity initiatives within the ISBA by visiting our new diversity Web site at <http://www.isba.org/diversity>.
The 2008 ISBA Diversity Survey By Albert J. Klumpp Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 Last spring more than 2,500 ISBA members participated in a survey conducted by the ISBA’s Task Force on Diversity.
California Proposition 8 update By Sepi Ghafouri Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 Last summer, the Supreme Court of California became the second state high court in the United States to end years of marriage inequality.
The Call to Action: Advancing Women Attorneys in Leadership in Chicago By Jane DiRenzo Pigott and E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 The Chicago Bar Association (“CBA”) issued a Call to Action (“CTA”) in 2004 with 10 law firms acting as leadership signatories:
Checks and balances at work: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 By William D. Goren Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 overrule several United States Supreme Court decisions that had narrowed considerably the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Chicago Urban League, et al. v. State of Illinois, et al.: Summary of Cook County Circuit Court’s April 15, 2009 opinion By Lisa T. Scruggs, Sandi J. Toll, and Shyni Varghese Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 In a decision issued by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Martin S. Agran, the Court announced that Plaintiffs in the Chicago Urban League et al. v. State of Illinois and Illinois State Board of Education case have stated a valid claim of discriminatory disparate impact under the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003.  
The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms: From dream to reality By Pamela M. Belyn Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 In the summer of 2008, a group of more than 30 women’s initiatives in Chicago law firms came together to form the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms—the first organization of its kind in the United States. The Coalition’s mission is to benefit member firms by providing positive avenues of communication, collaboration and guidance that help member groups to enhance the recruitment, retention and promotion of women lawyers and support the building, implementation and continued relevancy of women’s initiatives in law firms.
Diversity Task Force—Report from the Chair By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 As I write this column, Lynn Grayson and I are putting the finishing touches on a comprehensive report to the Board of Governors detailing the activities of the Task Force on Diversity during the past two years and offering a plan of action to chart the course for the ISBA’s diversity efforts into the future.
The Legal Balance: Resources for women attorneys and a safe haven to discuss diverse personal and professional concerns and perspectives By Erica Zalokar Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 This spring, a new resource, The Legal Balance, will be made available to women attorneys here in Chicago.