The newsletter of the ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Council
June 2012, vol. 6, no. 1
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In This Issue…
- Reflections of incoming President John E. Thies
A message from John E. Thies, who will serve as ISBA President during the 2012-13 term.
- Diversity is both seen and unseen
As we strive to create a more inclusive profession, we need to be mindful that we cannot always see diversity.
- Diversity Leadership Fellows Program continues to identify future ISBA leaders
The ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Fellows program just completed its second full year and has been making strides in increasing diversity in the ISBA’s section councils and committees.
- The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
Now celebrating over 10 years of success, JIOP was established in response to a study released in February 2000, which reported that only 15 percent of all judicial clerkships are held by minorities—despite the fact that minorities make up 30 percent of the nation’s population and 20 percent of the law student population.
- Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Program
This year Street Law, Inc., celebrated 40 years of providing accessible, engaging, and interactive programs to empower students and communities to become active, legally-savvy contributors to society.
- Obama supports same-sex marriage in May 9th interview
On May 9, 2012, ABC News’ Robin Roberts interviewed President Obama and during that interview he stated for the first time that he now supports same-sex marriage. Below is a small portion of that history-making interview and his thoughts on equal rights and related legal issues.
- ISBA invests in the Pipeline
The ISBA/JTBF Law & Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative to assist students from minority, ethnic, and other groups who are currently underrepresented in the legal professions achieve academic success and aspire to a career in the law.
- E. Lynn Grayson wins Diversity Leadership Award
In recognition of her long-standing, continuing and exceptional commitment to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and the Illinois State Bar Association, E. Lynn Grayson is the 2012 winner of the ISBA Diversity Leadership Award.
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Involuntary Administration of Medication
In re Clinton S.
Court granted petition for involuntary administration of psychotropic medication and ordered that Respondent, who had been diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure, undergo regular hemodialysis treatments, based on evidence that hemodialysis was essential for safe and effective administration of medication. Court did not err by factoring hemodialysis into its consideration of whether benefits of psychotropic medication outweighed harm. Petition and testimony of Respondent's treating psychiatrist provided enough details to show that psychiatrist had meaningfully weighed benefits and harm of requested medications, and her treatment plan addressed Respondent's mental and physical health conditions, which were inextricably linked.(BIRKETT and SPENCE, concurring.)
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