Articulating the business case for inclusionBy Jane DiRenzo PigottJune 2007The business case for diversity is well established and directly relates to any legal organization’s ability to compete for the best clients and talent.
Chairs’ ColumnBy Claire A. Manning & Alice M. Noble-AllgireJune 2007As chairs of the Standing Committees on Women and the Law and Minority and Women Participation, we are pleased to share with you the diversity outreach and educational efforts that our committees have undertaken during the past year.
Diversity newsJune 2007The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (“MCCA”) selected the law firm of Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker Levin and Tominberg, Ltd. (“Laner Muchin”) as the recipient of the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region.
Diversity Roundtable: Pipeline to the futureBy Alice M. Noble-AllgireJune 2007During the past year, the Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation has been exploring ways that the Illinois State Bar Association can encourage more minorities traverse the educational pipeline into the legal profession.
From the ChairBy Claire A. ManningJanuary 2007The past several months have been busy ones for the ISBA and for the Standing Committee on Women and the Law—and, more generally, for the celebration of women in the practice of law and women in the judiciary.
Ground yourselfBy Heather M. FritschMay 2007As some of you may know, my dad is a farmer. I grew up on a farm just south of the very small town of Shabbona, Illinois. Shabbona?
Hot topics in domestic violenceBy Yolaine Dauphin & Mary F. PetruchiusJanuary 2007The ISBA Committee on Women and the Law presented a comprehensive program entitled, “Hot Topics in Domestic Violence,” on Friday, September 8, 2006, at the Chicago Athletic Association.
An invitation to all to take a “Darrow Day”By Sandra CrawfordJanuary 2007What, you may ask, is a “Darrow Day?” It is not delaying or deferring living a full, rewarding, joyful life while we put “more grain in the barn”
Lawyers “lawgh” about ethics at MCLE forumBy Sandra CrawfordNovember 2007“Lawghter” was the keyword for the morning on September 7, 2007, at the ISBA’s 3rd Annual Solo and Small Firm Forum held in St. Charles, Illinois. Legal Humorist, Sean Carter (see www.lawhumurist.com), a frequent contributor to the ABA’s on-line journal and other publications, took the stage at the conference as the keynote speaker and as a section presenter.
Mark your calendars for the most electrifying series of programs this bar year!By Michele M. JochnerNovember 2007The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), in conjunction with both the ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law and the Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation, is very pleased to announce the development of a series of exciting and informative programs designed to spotlight various leadership issues which provide the strong foundation for a thriving, fulfilling and successful legal career.
Mastectomy Hospital Bill in CongressMay 2007A mastectomy is when a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards.
Middle East Partnership InitiativeBy E. Lynn GraysonNovember 2007The Middle East Partnership Initiative (“MEPI”), sponsored by the U.S. State Department, recently invited 39 young professional women from the Middle East and North Africa to the U.S. for six months.
Summary of the 2006 Diversity LuncheonBy Sonni Choi WilliamsJune 2007On September 18, 2006, the Peoria County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee held its third annual Diversity Luncheon and outdid itself again.
Surviving (and thriving) as a young attorneyBy Amanda C. JonesMay 2007According to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, in 2006, women comprised approximately 30 percent of the profession. In private practice, women accounted for approximately 47 percent of summer associates, 44 percent of associates, and only 17 percent of partners.
Welcome to a new yearBy Sharon L. EisemanNovember 2007It has been my privilege to serve as a member and supporting officer of the Women and the Law Standing Committee for several years; this bar year, the privilege of service has extended to my chairing of the Committee.
The “Women of the West” Outreach ReceptionMay 2007On March 30, 2007, the Marshall Gallery of the Northern Illinois University College of Law in De Kalb, Illinois, played host to over 100 women judges, attorneys, law students and guests.