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

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Newsletter Articles From 2014

Civil Rights Act decisions may limit workers’ ability to sue for discrimination By Tracy Douglas June 2014 An examination of two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and a discussion of their impact on Civil Rights Act claims.
Count me in: An ISBA Diversity Leadership Council Event By Cory White June 2014 The first “Count Me In” reception was held during the ISBA Mid-Year Meeting and proved to be a rousing success.
“Defamation”: A synopsis of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee CLE Seminar By Divya K. Sarang and Priti Nemani June 2014 An overview of the Kane County Bar Association's October 2013 Ethics CLE Seminar.
Diversity and inclusion goes beyond the walls of Exelon’s legal department By Anthony Gay June 2014 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.
Diversity in Kane County: A way it might arrive By Patrick M. Kinnally June 2014 Author Patrick Kinnally shares his personal views on diversity.
Diversity Leadership Award By Sandra Blake June 2014 Congratulations to the 2013 and 2014 winners!
Diversity Leadership Fellows Program June 2014 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.
Editors’ note By Mary F. Petruchius, Sandra Blake, and E. Lynn Grayson June 2014 An introduction to the issue from Editors Mary Petruchius, Sandra Blake and E. Lynn Grayson.
Girls’ empowerment groups: Shaping the next generation of female leaders By Mary F. Petruchius June 2014 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 By Dixie Lee Peterson June 2014 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.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb By Sandra Blake June 2014 Reviewer Sandra Blake shares her thoughts on this must-read book.
ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law 2013-14 report By Mary F. Petruchius June 2014 2013-14 has been a busy year for the Standing Committee on Women and the Law
Kane County diversity colors even common problems By Judith Miller June 2014 Justice cannot be achieved unless we acknowledge our differences and recognize the imbalances that work against fairness, efficiency and accuracy.
Law firm diversity: The new standard of workplace excellence By Edward N. Druck and Michael J. Hernandez June 2014 The authors, of Franczek Radelet P.C., share their firm's diversity policy.
Myra Bradwell: The practice of law in the wake of her legacy By Julie A. Neubauer and Emily N. Masalski June 2014 A recap of this memorable and well-attended March program.
A night celebrating diversity By Dina Ninfo June 2014 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.
Reflections on Blackstones Event By Erin Wilson June 2014 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.
The Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law By Jameika Mangum June 2014 An update from from the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law. 
Technology fosters diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession By Jayne Reardon June 2014 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.