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In This Issue…
- Editors’ note
An introduction to the issue from Editors Mary Petruchius, Sandra Blake and E. Lynn Grayson.
- A night celebrating diversity
Details from this event, which brought together leaders and members of multiple bar organizations to promote and support the mission to increase diversity and inclusion within the legal community.
- Count me in: An ISBA Diversity Leadership Council Event
The first “Count Me In” reception was held during the ISBA Mid-Year Meeting and proved to be a rousing success.
- Diversity Leadership Award
Congratulations to the 2013 and 2014 winners!
- ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law 2013-14 report
2013-14 has been a busy year for the Standing Committee on Women and the Law
- The Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law
An update from from the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law.
- Diversity and inclusion goes beyond the walls of Exelon’s legal department
Exelon’s legal department, and the company as a whole, operates in markets that are rich in diversity—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, experience and thought.
- Technology fosters diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession
Because information is freely available, those who are creative, skilled in analyzing, and able to synthesize and apply legal principles in new ways to help clients, will be successful.
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Reviewer Sandra Blake shares her thoughts on this must-read book.
- Girls’ empowerment groups: Shaping the next generation of female leaders
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.
- Human trafficking of children
Recognizing the serious problem caused by the human trafficking of children, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to include human trafficking as abuse.
- “Defamation”: A synopsis of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee CLE Seminar
An overview of the Kane County Bar Association's October 2013 Ethics CLE Seminar.
- Law firm diversity: The new standard of workplace excellence
The authors, of Franczek Radelet P.C., share their firm's diversity policy.
- Kane County diversity colors even common problems
Justice cannot be achieved unless we acknowledge our differences and recognize the imbalances that work against fairness, efficiency and accuracy.
- Diversity Leadership Fellows Program
The Diversity Leadership Fellows program is designed to identify promising attorneys of diverse backgrounds who are not currently members of the ISBA and acclimate them to the ISBA under the mentoring of established leaders within the various section councils and standing committees within the association.
- Civil Rights Act decisions may limit workers’ ability to sue for discrimination
An examination of two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and a discussion of their impact on Civil Rights Act claims.
- Diversity in Kane County: A way it might arrive
Author Patrick Kinnally shares his personal views on diversity.
- Myra Bradwell: The practice of law in the wake of her legacy
A recap of this memorable and well-attended March program.
- Reflections on Blackstones Event
On August 22, 2013, 120 years after the first gathering in Chicago, the Blackstones, gathered to celebrate women past, present, and future. This event, hosted by Winston & Strawn, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association President Julie A. Bauer, and Illinois State Bar Association President Paula H. Holderman, was an auspicious gathering of talented and dedicated attorneys, professors, and judges.
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