The newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law
April 2012, vol. 22, no. 3
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In This Issue…
- Chair’s column
A message from Committee Chair Ebony Huddleston.
- The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic—Helping the nation’s veterans
The VLSC trains students and attorneys throughout the State of Illinois through Continuing Legal Education programs and Veteran Advocacy training.
- Winnebago County Bar Association co-sponsors Community Night
The Winnebago County Bar Association Diversity Committee and the YMCA of Rock River Valley cosponsored a community outreach night in Rockford on March 28th. Attended by more than 80 high school and middle school students, members of the Winnebago County Bar Association and judiciary from the Illinois 17th Judicial Circuit, the purpose of the event was to educate youth about the legal profession.
- What determines a person’s success? You’d be surprised!
A review of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.
- Diversity In Law Schools, Diversity in the Legal Profession: Recent history and a few facts
The Law & Leadership Institute is an exciting week-long residential program designed to introduce high school students of diverse backgrounds to the legal system, expose them to careers in the law, and provide them with practical tools for achieving their educational goals.
- ISBA/JTBF Law and Leadership Institute: Inspiring Leaders—Changing lives
Law school admissions show a disturbing trend: although students of color have near-parity with white students’ GPAs and LSAT scores, the percentage and number of minority students (especially African-American and Latino students) admitted to law schools has declined significantly since 1993.
Related Court Cases
Diggs v. Ghosh
Dist. Ct. erred in granting defendants-prison doctors’ motion for summary judgment in plaintiff-prisoner’s section 1983 action alleging that defendants were deliberately indifferent to his full tear in anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, under circumstances where said tear had been diagnosed in 2009, and where plaintiff was still waiting for surgery on said knee in 2014, when he filed instant lawsuit. While Dist. Ct. found that defendants’ prescribed treatment calling for pain medication, some physical therapy and various permits to alleviate stress to knee was adequate, Dist. Ct. ignored key evidence that would allow jury to find that defendants: (1) failed to follow outside medical advice on treatment for plaintiff’s knee and did nothing to assist plaintiff after noting that his knee condition had regressed; (2) ignored plaintiff’s claims that he had been approved for surgery; and (3) either failed to recommend any treatment for plaintiff or ignored plaintiff’s condition for long periods of time. Dist. Ct. also erred in granting defendant-warden’s summary judgment motion where plaintiff claimed that warden repeatedly took no action on plaintiff’s complaints concerning his knee.
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