2007 World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap IndexBy E. Lynn GraysonJanuary 2008On November 8, 2007, the World Economic Forum released its second Gender Gap Index Report – a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities across the world and tracking how they evolve over time. The top 20 countries that performed best in the 2007 index are outlined below along with their ranking in 2006.
Acupuncture: What, When, Why and How?By Dr. Shanna FritschMarch 2008For thousands of years, Eastern Medicine has used acupuncture to treat everything, including emotional disorders, pain, analgesia and wrinkle reduction.
Annual outreach and networking eventJune 2008In April, the ISBA’s Women and the Law and the Minority and Women Participation Committee participated jointly in an outreach to Southern Illinois University students and facility.
Chair’s ColumnBy E. Lynn GraysonDecember 2008Given the progress of women attorneys in the legal profession, the need for or relevance of women’s bar associations, including similar groups existing within traditional bar associations, often is questioned.
Chair’s ColumnBy E. Lynn GraysonOctober 2008It is my distinct pleasure to serve as Chair of the Women and the Law Committee this year.
Collaborative divorceBy Debra J. BraseltonJanuary 2008Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time.
Home is where the court isBy Heather M. FritschOctober 2008It occurred to me the other day that we, as lawyers, spend a great deal of our time at the courthouse. Well, let me take a step back.
If you build your own corner office they will come!By Sharon L. EisemanMarch 2008This article is about a recent interview the author conducted and is intended as a preview of a future roundtable discussion/exploration about women attorneys making the tough career choices—mostly to ‘go it on their own.’
ISBA Task Force On DiversityBy E. Lynn GraysonJanuary 2008On October 30, 2007, the Task Force on Diversity held its first organizational meeting in Chicago. ISBA President Joe Bisceglia created this special task force in response to recommendations made by the ISBA Diversity Pipeline Project in its report issued in March, 2007.
ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year helps Committee develop its long-range goalsJune 2008Women in the Law Committee Member Amie Simpson (above) is to receive the Young Lawyer of the Year Award for outside Cook County at the ISBA Annual Meeting in June. Justin Heather, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, was selected to receive the Young Lawyer of the Year Award forCook County. Congratulations to Amie and Justin!
Lawyers as peacemakers—An opportunity to learn and exploreBy Sandra CrawfordMarch 2008Are you a warrior? Are you a peacemaker? Or, are you something other? Through answering these threshold questions we may be able to open broader dialogues which will lead us to answering the ultimate question of “what’s the better public image for our profession?”
Our very own ‘Tish’ Spunar-Sheats joins the ranks of ISBA Laureates!March 2008We announce with great pride the fabulous news that fellow Committee member Letitia Spunar-Sheats has been selected by the Board of Regents of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers to be one of the six distinguished attorneys of the 2008 Class of Laureates, for which she was nominated by our Committee.
An overview of TIF districtsBy Leslie HairstonOctober 2008The stated purpose of the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act, 65 ILCS 5/11-74.4-1 et seq. (West) hereinafter referred to as the TIF Act, in the State of Illinois is to provide a mechanism for local governmental units in Illinois to spur economic development, in specific geographic areas that are deteriorating and/or declining, by providing gap financing for projects that would not occur without such public assistance.