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Section Newsletter Articles on Women

Helping young homeless mothers get a fresh start By Kristen Prinz Women and the Law, February 2015 On Saturday, February 7, a group of ISBA Women and the Law Committee members spent the morning helping New Moms, Inc. prepare apartments for young homeless mothers and their children.
Illinois Pregnancy Discrimination Law By Brian M. Dougherty Labor and Employment Law, February 2015 What employers need to know about this new law.
“Mr. Turner” and the issue of rape By Alexandra Martinez Women and the Law, February 2015 The author shares her thoughts on the film "Mr. Turner and the issues it raises about rape and consent.
Wanted: Male attention—A focus on gender disparity in the law By Carl Newman Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 Young lawyers especially need to be aware of gender disparities in order for the landscape to change.
Wanted: Male attention—A focus on gender disparity in the law By Carl Newman Women and the Law, February 2015 If we want the landscape to change, we all need to be aware of gender disparities.
Women of the 18th Floor: Cook County Probate Division By Emily A. Hansen Women and the Law, February 2015 The 18th floor of the Richard J. Daley Center is dedicated solely to the Probate Division, where the majority of the 11 judges and many of the attorneys who practice are female. In this article the author interviews two associate judges and an attorney who work here—all women—to inspire other females in the legal profession and draw even more women to probate law.
Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act By Jennifer B. Wagner Women and the Law, August 2014 An overview of this important legislation, which currently awaits the Governor's signature.
Update on the 50 best law firms for women (and the 10 best in Chicago) By Cindy G. Buys Women and the Law, August 2014 The 2014 results are in. Click here to see which Chicago firms made the list!
International Women’s Day Talking Circle – March 8, 2014 By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, July 2014 The theme of International Women’s Day 2014 is “Inspiring Change.” To explore this theme members of the ISBA, including former chairs of its Women in the Law Committee, came together on March 8th to enjoy spa services and hold a Talking Circle in the common room of the Ally Spa, Chicago.
Girls’ empowerment groups: Shaping the next generation of female leaders By Mary F. Petruchius Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Girls who are empowered with the information taught in groups such as the ones listed in this article are equipped with tools and information to make positive choices and educated decisions regarding their lives.
Women in conflict—A UN response By Cindy G. Buys and Julia Kaye Wykoff International and Immigration Law, June 2014 Rather than conventional war tools such as guns, tanks, and bombs, raping and abusing women seemingly became a favorite tactic in many war-torn countries.
The Good Girls Revolt By Mary Kay Devine Women and the Law, April 2014 Buy your tickets today and don't miss your chance to network with Chicago's business, community, education, and political leaders at Women Employed's signature gala event.
A Thank You to our Program Sponsors Women and the Law, April 2014 Without these supporters the Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of her Legacy program, held at Northern Illinois University on March 21st, would not have been possible.
Women in conflict—A UN response By Cindy G. Buys and Julia Kaye Wykoff Women and the Law, April 2014 Rather than conventional war tools such as guns, tanks, and bombs, raping and abusing women seemingly became a favorite tactic in many war-torn countries.
An alternative to jail: How the judicial system is assisting women at risk By Jon Kingzette Alternative Dispute Resolution, March 2014 The purpose of a Girls Court is to help prostitutes and other women at risk find comfort, come to terms with the fact that they were exploited, and try to prepare for a new life.
Why celebrate women in the profession? By Julie A. Neubauer Women and the Law, February 2014 On January 30, 2014, most ISBA members received a “Save the Date” via e-mail for the Celebrating Women in the Profession Luncheon scheduled for March 13, 2014 at the Union League Club.
Rapists’ rights in Illinois: The new law and what other states can learn from it By Randi Burggraff and Kerrianne Waters Women and the Law, December 2013 What are parental rights and why is it so alarming that in a majority of states' rapists retain these rights?
Save the Date!!! From Myra Bradwell to Us: Rise Up and Reach Back Women and the Law, December 2013 Be sure to mark your calendar for this important event!
Girls’ empowerment groups: Shaping the next generation of female leaders By Mary F. Petruchius Child Law, August 2013 Girls who are empowered with the information taught in groups such as the ones listed in this article are equipped with tools and information to make positive choices and educated decisions regarding their lives.
Becoming more aware: A few tips on keeping you and your family safe By Lisle A. Stalter Government Lawyers, June 2013 The author shares some of the tips she learned after her office recently participated in a safety training class.
Ever think about running for office? By Ella York Women and the Law, June 2013 The Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (IWIL) program trains women to run for office on the Democratic ticket while the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series trains women to run for public office on the Republican ticket. These two programs, while they reach out to opposite sides of the aisle, share the goal of increasing the number of women in public office.
Girls’ empowerment groups: Shaping the next generation of female leaders By Mary F. Petruchius Women and the Law, June 2013 Girls who are empowered with the information taught in groups such as the ones list in this article are equipped with tools and information to make positive choices and educated decisions regarding their lives.
Katherine Imp and Beauty Beneath The Dirt By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2013 Law school graduate Kate Imp's new documentary, Beauty Beneath the Dirt, was recently released to the general public.
From rags to riches: How the portrayal of female attorneys in the media has evolved from clothes and fashion to focus and success By Kerrianne Waters Women and the Law, May 2013 As the female population becomes more present in the legal profession, the portrayal of these females on television has also increased and has an impact on what the public expects from a female attorney. But is this a good thing? Are these portrayals accurate?
The law that won’t be missed By Anna Fridman Women and the Law, May 2013 The author shares her list of archaic laws from around the country.
Move outside of your comfort zone By Janice L. Boback Women and the Law, May 2013 The author shares her experience after recently taking on a case outside of Illinois.
Women in politics: Amazing things happen when women get involved By Jessica L. Henson Women and the Law, May 2013 Wonderful things happen when women get involved; all that is necessary to get involved is a willingness to say yes and work hard.
You still have to eat! By Julie A. Neubauer Women and the Law, May 2013 The author shares some recipes that demonstrate that nutritious cooking can actually be done easily, even during the week.
Celebrating 140 years of female attorneys in Illinois By Catherine D. Battista Women and the Law, January 2013 July 1, 2012 marked the 140th anniversary of women being granted the right to practice law in Illinois.
Celebrating 140 years of female attorneys in Illinois By Catherine D. Battista Human Rights, January 2013 July 1, 2012 marked the 140th anniversary of women being granted the right to practice law in Illinois.