Diversity Leadership Council Newsletter
The newsletter of the ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Council

June 2007, vol. 1, no. 1

Now every article is the start of a discussion. If you're a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, you can comment on any of the articles that appear below.

In This Issue…

  • Diversity in the Legal Profession: What we can do to open doors?
    The Illinois State Bar Association proudly stood as a co-sponsor of the ABA resolution supporting the creation of a Diversity Pipeline to help guide young minority students to the law. With over 70 official sponsors of the resolution, Illinois stands with 20 state bar associations and numerous county, city and specialty bars, as well as ABA sections, in support of opening doors to offer opportunities to any student who aspires to a career in the law.
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession: ISBA’s commitment continues
    The Illinois State Bar Association has a long-standing and unwavering commitment to diversity in the legal profession and in the Association.  
  • Chair’s column
    As chairs of the Standing Committees on Women and the Law and Minority and Women Participation, we are pleased to share with you the diversity outreach and educational efforts that our committees have undertaken during the past year. 
  • Diversity Roundtable: Pipeline to the future
    During the past year, the Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation has been exploring ways that the Illinois State Bar Association can encourage more minorities traverse the educational pipeline into the legal profession.
  • The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and its mission
    The Illinois Supreme Court took a dramatic step forward by creating the Commission on Professionalism.
  • Diversity is a yarn, until women of color are woven into the law firm fabric
    Regardless how accomplished a woman may be, she cannot climb, much less reach the top of, the leadership ladder unless she spends a certain amount of years in her work environment.
  • Articulating the business case for inclusion
    Abundant research, practical experience, and media stories support the business case for diversity. Ensuring that diversity is achieved requires committed leadership and rigorous assessment so that change is both measurable and sustainable into the future.
  • Summary of the 2006 Diversity Luncheon
    On September 18, 2006, the Peoria County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee held its third annual Diversity Luncheon and outdid itself again.
  • The Chicago Call to Action for Women Attorneys: The right thing to do for law firms
    The Call to Action was launched on January 25, 2005 to increase the number of women partners and to enhance leadership opportunities for women attorneys in law firms.
  • Diversity news
    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association selected the law firm of Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker Levin and Tominberg, Ltd. as the recipient of the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region.
  • Mission Possible: Black Law Students Association at SIU Initiative
    BLSA, which is an organization comprised of a small group of African American and other minority law students, has targeted minority elementary, middle, and high school students, most of whom will come from low income and educationally deprived communities in Illinois and surrounding areas.
  • Excellence and strength through diversity: The positive impact on the future of our profession
    Increasing diversity within the legal profession not only contributes significantly to the quality of the profession, but also serves to enhance the public’s confidence in, and respect for, the legal system. As members of the legal profession, it is our duty and obligation to assume the lead in assuring that there is gender, racial, ethnic and sexual orientation diversity within our ranks.

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Related Court Cases

Mental Health Code
In re Beverly B.

Court erred in granting State's petition for involuntary administration of psychotropic medication. The general information that Respondent received about the types of treatments and activities available at Elgin Mental Health Center was insufficient to satisfy the mandate of Section 2-102(a-5) of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. Court erred in ruling that Respondent was exhibiting deterioration of her ability to function or suffering. (ZENOFF and BIRKETT, concurring.)

Human Rights Act
People ex rel. Madigan v. Wildermuth

State may claim a violation under Illinois Human Rights Act pursuant to a reverse redlining theory where it did not allege that the defendant acted as a mortgage lender. Court erred in dismissing complaint with prejudice; dismissal should have been without prejudice, as grounds relied upon as to "other financial assistance" were lacking. Defendant's conduct, in filling out paperwork for loan modification process and recommending short sales did not amount to "financial assistance". Defendants were not a necessary and direct channel through which funds flow. (KARMEIER, FREEMAN, KILBRIDE, GARMAN, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring.)

Involuntary Admission
In re Linda B.

Hospital's mental health facility director filed petition for involuntary admission of Respondent. Psychiatrist testified at hearing that Respondent's hospitalization began when she was admitted to a medical floor, where she was also "treated psychiatrically". A facility, or section thereof, capable of providing mental health services, that does provide the individual mental health services, is a mental health facility. Respondent has not shown that her physical entry into the facility, and her initial treatment there, were involuntary. Thus, she did not show that error occurred, that petition for involuntary commitment was not timely filed. (FREEMAN, THOMAS, KILBRIDE, GARMAN, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring.)

Involuntary Administration of Medication
In re Carol B.

Respondent was involuntarily admitted to mental health facility. Upon her admission, psychiatrist determined Respondent lacked the capacity to consent to treatment and lacked a guardian or power of attorney to make a decision on her behalf. Under Section 2-107(a) of Mental Health Code, Respondent had the right to refuse administration of medication. State violated Section 2-107(a), when psychiatrist  prematurely administrated psychotropic medication,because Respondent lacked capacity to consent to treatment and her condition did not require administration of medication to prevent her from causing serious and imminent physical harm to herself or others. State's delay in filing amended petition left Respondent involuntarily admitted for more than a month before she received a hearing date, which denied her liberty interests. (HARRIS and APPLETON, concurring.)

Fillmore v. Taylor

Plaintiff, a DOC inmate, sued 3 DOC officers for failing to follow mandatory legal procedures before imposing discipline upon him for violating prison rules. "Prison regulations" of the type within inmate orientation manual confer no rights on inmates. In mandamus action, legal duty of public official must be clear and nondiscretionary, and Plaintiff must have a strong equitable case.  Petitioner for writ of certiorari must show that he or she has suffered a substantial injury or injustice. Count for declaratory judgment is legally insufficient in its entirety; mandamus and writ of certiorari counts are legally sufficient in their entirety. (POPE and KNECHT, concurring.)

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