The newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law
November 2012, vol. 23, no. 1
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In This Issue…
- Chair’s column
A message from Committee Chair Daniel Saeedi.
- Me no English!
As a volunteer English Language Learner teacher in Chicago's Chinatown, the author has seen first-hand that English is the key to getting better jobs, understanding and defending one’s rights, and moving up the socioeconomic ladder.
- Spotlight on accomplished committee member Gary Zhao
Gary embodies the values the ISBA encourages and cherishes in its best attorneys.
- Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago proudly becomes a NAPABA affiliate
Formed in 1986, the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago now has about 150 current members and proudly became an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in March of this year.
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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