Section Newsletter Articles From E. Lynn Grayson

Editors’ note By Mary F. Petruchius, Sandra Blake, and E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 An introduction to the issue from Editors Mary Petruchius, Sandra Blake and E. Lynn Grayson.
Katherine Imp and Beauty Beneath The Dirt By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2013 Law school graduate Kate Imp's new documentary, Beauty Beneath the Dirt, was recently released to the general public.
ISBA Diversity Web page By E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 The ISBA diversity Web page serves as a central repository of the latest diversity-related information, activities and events within the bar association as well as the Illinois legal community. The Web page also provides insight into recent diversity led initiatives and highlights the progress of other Task Force recommendations.
Editor’s comments By E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 A note from Editor E. Lynn Grayson.
Chambers and partners: Importance of third-party recognition By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, December 2009 Within the last decade, third-party recognition has emerged as a critical element impacting a lawyer’s perceived success including his or her professional reputation, career advancement and perhaps more important, business development opportunities. 
A green economy: What does corporate counsel need to know? By E. Lynn Grayson Corporate Law Departments, December 2009 A media buzz surrounds the politically charged concept of developing a green economy by investing in initiatives that are good for the environment and financially beneficial for business
2007-2009 Task Force on Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, September 2009 The efforts are continuing to ensure that the ISBA is as welcoming an environment as possible to all Illinois attorneys. We invite you to learn more about diversity initiatives within the ISBA by visiting our new diversity Web site at <http://www.isba.org/diversity>.
The Call to Action: Advancing Women Attorneys in Leadership in Chicago By Jane DiRenzo Pigott and E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2009 The Chicago Bar Association (“CBA”) issued a Call to Action (“CTA”) in 2004 with 10 law firms acting as leadership signatories:
Chair’s Column By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, May 2009 A message from Chair E. Lynn Grayson. 
The call to action: Advancing women attorneys in leadership in Chicago By Jane DiRenzo and E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, March 2009 Chicago law firm signatories to the 2004 Call to Action (CTA) demonstrated success on each of its five goals. Many firms demonstrated real success on the front of advancing women into leadership. Overall, the Chicago legal community made material progress and established some best practices that fed the success of its efforts. Continued progress will be necessary, but the CTA facilitated focus and progress on this important issue.
Chair’s Column By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, March 2009 A message from Chair E. Lynn Grayson.
Chair’s Column By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, December 2008 Given 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 Column By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, October 2008 It is my distinct pleasure to serve as Chair of the Women and the Law Committee this year.
ISBA Task Force on Diversity—Chair’s Report By E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2008 This year’s Task Force on Diversity resulted in large part from the pipeline project initiated by ISBA President Irene Bahr during her term.  
ISBA Task Force on Diversity—Chair’s Report By E. Lynn Grayson Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2008 This year’s Task Force on Diversity resulted in large part from the pipeline project initiated by ISBA President Irene Bahr during her term.
National Association of Women Lawyers: 2007 Survey of the Status of Women in Law firms By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2008 On February 19th, the ISBA Women and the Law Committee co-sponsored a National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations’ (“NCWBA”) program titled “A Closer Look: NAWL’s 2007 Survey of Women in Law Firms.”
Representing unmarried couples: The need for Illinois legislative action By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, March 2008 Legislative change is required to ensure the legal rights of unmarried couples are protected in Illinois.
2007 World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, January 2008 On 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.
ISBA Task Force On Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, January 2008 On 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 Task Force on Diversity By E. Lynn Grayson Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2007 On October 30, 2007, the Task Force on Diversity held its first organizational meeting in Chicago.
Middle East Partnership Initiative By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, November 2007 The 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.
Recent SEC enforcement of environmental financial disclosure By E. Lynn Grayson and Stephanie M. Ailor Corporate Law Departments, September 2007 In the past few months, the SEC has resolved a number of pending actions against corporate executives accused of engaging in improper environmental financial reporting.
The Chicago Call to Action for Women Attorneys: The right thing to do for law firms By E. Lynn Grayson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2007 The Call to Action was launched on January 25, 2005 to increase the number of women partners and to enhance leadership opportunities for women attorneys in law firms.
The Chicago Call to Action for Women Attorneys: The right thing to do for law firms By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2007 Law firms continually struggle for meaningful ways to advance commonly shared diversity objectives.
Flexible hours policies: Success strategies for you and your law firm By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, October 2006 All attorneys share a common aspiration—a career that allows for a rich, meaningful personal life coupled with ongoing opportunities for professional development and advancement.
The National Women’s Health Information Center By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, May 2005 The National Women's Health Information Center offers women's health resources and materials for consumers and medical professionals.
Women’s History Month 2005 By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, May 2005 March 2005 marked the 18th year celebrating Women's History Month. This special celebration has its origins in the "Women's History Week" organized in 1978 by the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California.
The Chicago Bar Association/Alliance for Women: Call to Action for Women Attorneys By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, February 2005 The Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women announced its Call to Action for women attorneys on January 25, 2005. This Call to Action seeks to increase the number of women partners and to enhance leadership opportunities for women attorneys in law firms.
OAI, Inc. opens “A Place for Change” By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, October 2004 OAI, Inc. is a non-profit workforce development agency founded in 1976. OAI envisions a community where access to education, job training and employment is available to all. OAI believes that extending the opportunity to earn a living wage is a vital step towards creating and sustaining strong communities.
Wildman Harrold hosts “Dismantling the Glass Ceiling” luncheon By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2004 On March 11, 2004, Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon's Women in the Practice of Law group hosted a special luncheon entitled "Dismantling the Glass Ceiling and Other Strategies to Promote Women in the Workforce.

Spot an error or want to purchase a copy of an article? Send an email to Katie Underwood at kunderwood@isba.org.