Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

A new path to equality: The Challenge to Section 3 of DOMA in Gill, et al. v. OPM, et al. By Paul M. Smith, Daniel I. Weiner, and Lindsey C. Harrison Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 On March 3, 2009, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) commenced a challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 1 U.S.C. § 7, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  
Reflections on World AIDS Day By Yolaine Dauphin Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 According to The Skeptic’s Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis, a book authored by Dale Hanson Bourke, approximately 8,500 people die of AIDS every day.
Remarks as prepared for delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Department of Justice African American History Month Program Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 Remarks prepared by Attorney General Eric Holder.
A response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks By Andrea Flynn Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009  As lawyers, we are trained to tackle intellectual problems daily; however, a lack of diversity and troubled race relations cannot be easily analyzed and solved like a legal issue.
Supreme Court to hear corporate diversity jurisdiction case By Peter LaSorsa Federal Civil Practice, June 2009 The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hertz Corporation v. Friend, in which the Court will consider whether the location of a nationwide corporation’s headquarters can be disregarded by a court in determining a principal place of business for the purposes of diversity jurisdiction.
Workplace diversity: Employee resource groups By Mona M. Stone Women and the Law, March 2009 Workplace diversity training has been around for some time, but is growing in importance as the demographics of the working population continue to evolve.
“Who Me? A Law Professor?” aims to diversify law faculty By Suzanne Schmitz Women and the Law, December 2008 Did you know that 63 percent of the law professors in the U.S. are men? 70 percent of full professors are men. 74 percent of law professors are white or Caucasian.
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.