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

June 2011, vol. 5, 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…

  • The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act
    When the new Act took effect on June 1, Illinois joined 11 U.S. States and the District of Columbia that now recognize legal unions between same-sex couples.
  • ISBA Assembly supports U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)—What happens next?
    The ISBA has taken a lead as one of the few bar associations to pass a formal resolution in support of CEDAW.
  • ISBA—Who we are and how we are doing in 2011
    Are our efforts to promote diversity in ISBA membership working? Check out the ISBA's census data here.
  • The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
    Learn more about this nationally acclaimed Chicago-based nonprofit that, since it began its community empowerment work in 1982, has increased the number of Hispanics registered to vote from 82,000 to over 200,000.
  • Building diversity and inclusion through CLE and lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring
    Now, thanks to the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent approval of a recommendation of the Commission on Professionalism, experienced attorneys supporting the development of new lawyers through an approved mentoring program may receive professional responsibility CLE credit under new Supreme Court Rule 795(d)(12), and activities around diversity and inclusion are a key component of the Commission’s approved mentoring plan.
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Mentoring, Women & Minorities
    Throughout the plan year, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation offers support to small, medium, and large law firms to become their “diversity partners” and encourages mentoring and recruitment of minority attorneys. As a diversity partner, the DSF will work hand-in-hand with the leadership of these firms to structure and implement a diversity plan of action beyond mere lip service.
  • ISBA Board of Governors adopts resolution recommending two additional Board seats to increase diversity
    With approximately 30,000 members, the ISBA is the largest voluntary statewide organization of lawyers in Illinois. This Resolution advances our association’s goal of inclusion by reflecting the changing face of our profession.
  • ISBA develops Law & Leadership Pilot Program
    The ISBA and the Illinois Bar Foundation, through the M. Denny Hassakis Fund, have agreed to make a one-time contribution of $37,500 to run the three-week pilot program for 40 disadvantaged minority eighth-grade graduates. It is the expectation and hope of the ISBA in collaboration with the Illinois legal community, that this initial pilot program will expand to a statewide initiative of intensive summer programs and regular Saturday programming during the school year.
  • The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index
    Since 2002, through the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the Human Rights Campaign has surveyed major businesses, including law firms, to benchmark important employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their families.
  • ISBA Diversity Award
    The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes long-standing, continuing and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and within the Illinois State Bar Association.
  • Annual Luminary of Hope Event
    Nearly 100 people commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the annual Luminary of Hope event in October.
  • Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Inaugural Class of Diversity Leadership Fellows
    The Diversity Leadership Fellows program had its inaugural year in 2010-2011. The goal of the Fellows program is to increase diversity in the membership of ISBA section councils, committees, and other leadership positions, to educate young lawyers about the work, structure, and policies of the ISBA, and to ultimately to develop a diverse group of future leaders of the organization.
  • ISBA members committed to diversity: How you can get involved
    Read about some of the highlights of the work done by the diversity-related ISBA committees and section councils this bar year.
  • ISBA Diversity Web page
    The ISBA diversity Web page serves as a central repository of the latest diversity-related information, activities and events within the bar association as well as the Illinois legal community. The Web page also provides insight into recent diversity led initiatives and highlights the progress of other Task Force recommendations.

Upcoming CLE

Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law
December 8 - Chicago

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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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