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Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

Diversity Task Force reappointed after productive first year By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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.
“Who Me? A Law Professor?” aims to diversify law faculty By Suzanne Schmitz Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, November 2008 Did you know that 63 percent of the law professors in the U.S. are men?
The ADA on the edge of 17: That was the law that was By Patrick J. Kronenwetter Diversity Leadership Council, June 2008 In addressing the concept of diversity within the legal profession, the constituencies that most often come to mind are women, racial and ethnic minorities and persons with alternate sexual orientations or gender issues. But there is another, sometimes over-looked, group of lawyers who should be included in any discussion on diversity—namely, lawyers with disabilities.
The ADA on the edge of 17: That was the law that was By Patrick J. Kronenwetter Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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 Diversity Leadership Council, June 2008 The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (HB 1826) was originally introduced in the Illinois House on February 23, 2007.
Chicago Bar Association’s Call to Action: Progress on Women in Leadership in the Legal Profession By Jane DiRenzo Pigott Diversity Leadership Council, 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.
Diversity in the Legal Profession: ISBA’s commitment continues Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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: Why checking the “box” is not enough By John R. Richards Diversity Leadership Council, 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.
Diversity: Why checking the “box” is not enough By John R. Richards Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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 Diversity Leadership Council, 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 Hosts Hire Big 10 Plus—Diversity in the Law Program Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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 Diversity Leadership Council, 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 Task Force on Diversity—Chair’s Report By E. Lynn Grayson Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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 Diversity Leadership Council, 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.
National Association of Women Lawyers: 2007 Survey of the Status of Women in Law firms By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, 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.”
A square peg in a round world By Sonni Choi Williams Diversity Leadership Council, June 2008 I am a square peg in a round world, but I have many different ideas to offer, many different ways to look at problems, and offer diversity in a round world.  
A square peg in a round world By Sonni Choi Williams Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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 Diversity Leadership Council, 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.
Ten strategies for attorneys facing the challenges of diversity By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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.
Why diversity matters. . . Diversity Leadership Council, 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.
Why diversity matters. . . Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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.
Diverse experiences: Covering my hair, not my mind: A Muslim woman’s perspective By Amina Saeed Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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.
Last chance to complete diversity survey By Sonni Choi Williams Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, 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.
Changing the climate: Why gender equality matters By Rebecca Pearl Women and the Law, January 2008 Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our time.
ISBA Task Force On Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, 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.
The challenges of being the only __________ in a law firm (or other legal setting) By Elizabeth Gastelum Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2007 The Black Law Students Association of the Southern Illinois University School of Law and the Illinois State Bar Association’s Minority and Women Participation Committee recently co-sponsored a panel discussion addressing the challenges of being the only ________ in a law firm or other legal setting.
Changing the face of the ISBA By Sonni Choi Williams Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2007 In a concerted effort to increase minority and women representation in ISBA governance, on November 2, 2007, the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation and the Task Force on Diversity presented a program on “Changing the Face of the ISBA: Tips on Running for Office in the ISBA.”
A diversity pipeline success story—A new partnership develops from ISBA’s Diversity Roundtable By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2007 The Illinois State Bar Association’s diversity pipeline efforts have already spawned at least one successful new partnership, with the promise of more to come.
ISBA Task Force on Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2007 On October 30, 2007, the Task Force on Diversity held its first organizational meeting in Chicago.
Continuing the hallmark of diversity awareness at the 4th Annual Peoria County Bar Association’s Diversity Luncheon By Sonni Choi Williams Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2007 On September 17, 2007, the Peoria County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee held its fourth annual Diversity Luncheon and continued the tradition of highlighting the importance of diversity in the legal profession.