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In This Issue…
- Editor’s note
A message from Editor Sandra Blake.
- Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law
Committee Chair Cory White provides an update on the Committee's activities.
- Standing Committee on Women and the Law
An update from Committee Chair Letitia Spunar-Sheats.
- Standing Committee on Disability Law
An update on the Committee's recent activities from Chair Phil Milsk.
- Making airports nursing friendly: Senate Bill 0344 —“Lactation Accommodation in Airports Act”
If passed by the Illinois House and signed by the Governor, the Act will require Illinois airports that conduct commercial operations of more than 1,000,000 enplanements a year to update airport facilities on or before January 1, 2017, to provide a clean and private place for nursing mothers to express breast milk.
- The ACLU’s Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project
The ACLU’s Judicial Bypass Coordination Project provides minors with information about the state’s parental notice law for those seeking abortions and assistance in obtaining what is called a “judicial bypass.”
- Tenth Annual 2015 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference
A recap of this year's conference.
- Race and the Law Symposium
A summary of this program, which took place in March.
- The inadvertent advocacy of a transgender litigant
The author shares her experience as a party in the Illinois court system.
- Remembering Selma: The unfinished journey
Fifty years after the Selma Freedom March, Loyola University Chicago’s Baum lecture featured Adrienne Y. Bailey, PhD., a senior consultant with Panasonic Foundation and one of the students who participated in that life-changing event.
- Meet the Diversity Fellows
Please welcome KiKi Mosley, Hellin Jang and Inez Toledo, who were selected from the Fellows nominees.
- Holt v. Hobbs: The compelling interest standard and religious dress and grooming exemptions
In a political climate where the delicate interests of religion and government continue to collide both domestically and internationally, the Holt decision renews the promise of the First Amendment by demonstrating that all Americans, even prison inmates, are entitled to the right to freely exercise religious beliefs and by reminding our courts to review challenges to this essential American freedom with a particularly careful eye.
- Immigration reform and diversifying your workforce
Recent executive actions enacted by the President and the Department of Homeland Security are estimated to collectively provide work authorization to 4 million undocumented individuals across the U.S., and impact hundreds of thousands of individuals in the state of Illinois alone.
- Defining personhood under the Illinois Gender Violence Act: A summary of the Illinois Gender Violence Act and whether its applicability extends to entities, corporations and municipalities
To date, no Illinois court has ruled that liability under the Act is limited to natural persons. As a result, courts are tasked to consider the statutory language of the Act and whether it may be inclusive of corporate defendants.
- Affirmative action, then and now
A history of affirmative action in the U.S.
- Pioneers and prosecutor honored at the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Gala 2015
On May 14, 2015, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois held its 2015 Spring Gala at Prairie Production in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
- Whistling Dixie not the smartest trial strategy, nor racially sensitive, nor consistent with due process and equal protection
Prosecutors say the darnedest things in closing arguments, and sometimes those things amount to reversible error.
- Sonni Choi Williams: 2015 ISBA Diversity Leadership Award recipient
At the ISBA Awards Luncheon on June 19, 2015, Sonni Choi Williams, Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Peoria, will be awarded the 2015 ISBA Diversity Leadership Award.
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