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Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

Diversity Committee updates By Michelle J. Rozovics Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 The International Law & Immigration Section Council share their group's accomplishments and successes from the past year.
Diversity Leadership Award By William Borah and Mark E. Wojcik Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes long-standing, continuing, and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and within the Illinois State Bar Association. Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Chief Judge Michael Evans, and the 2018 winner, Troy Riddle.
Editor’s note By Sandra Blake Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 A note from the editor, Sandra Blake.
Emily Masalski receives Alta May Hulett Award from Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women By Kristen Prinz Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 Emily Masalski is a recognized leader amongst women lawyers in Chicago.
Empowering women for a stronger future By Lindsay K. Sanchez Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 Cultural movements such as the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #BanBossy have sparked dialogue about women in the legal field that is long overdue. However, the question remains—is this dialogue enough to inspire change?
Hush up about sexual misconduct By Jeffrey A. Parness Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 As alleged victims of sexual misconduct will be increasingly likely to seek redress, the time is ripe to explore how Illinois laws do and should regulate sexual misconduct settlements.
Is sexual orientation discrimination sex discrimination? By Mohammad Iqbal Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 Whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against gay and lesbian employees is a controversial issue, as there is a disagreement between circuits.
Strengthening our commitment to diversity By Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, (ret.) Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 As a circuit judge, arbitrator, and trial lawyer whose career has spanned nearly 40 years, I have witnessed first-hand the many changes the profession and association have undergone.
Looking ahead: A reflection on the emerging diversity in the law profession By Morgan Hess Government Lawyers, September 2017 Judge Debra B. Walker’s summer extern, Morgan Hess, recently had the opportunity to attend the “The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017” conference and shares her insights.
Looking ahead: A reflection on the emerging diversity in the law profession By Morgan Hess Bench and Bar, August 2017 Judge Debra B. Walker’s summer extern, Morgan Hess, recently had the opportunity to attend the “The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017” conference and shares her insights.
Airport attorneys By Fiona McEntee Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 Attorney Fiona McEntee shares what it was like to rush to O'Hare Airport to help newly arriving refugees in the wake of President Trump's 'travel ban.'
Chair’s column By Cory White Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 A message from Cory White, Chair of the ISBA's Diversity Leadership Council.
Competence plus—Why diversity matters By Vincent F. Cornelius Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 A message from ISBA President Vincent Cornelius.
‘Diversity and inclusion’ in a dynamic world By Mohammad Iqbal Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 This article presents a brief review of the diversity and inclusion ideology and the barriers and challenges it has faced in the last 60 years.
Diversity Committee updates By Julie A. Johnson, Shannon M. Shepherd, and Sharon Eiseman Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 The Chairs from several ISBA sections and committees share their group's accomplishments and successes from the past year.
The EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2017 to 2021 By Noah A. Frank Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 The Strategic Enforcement Plan highlights enforcement priorities and alerts employers to areas most likely to attract the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's investigative eye.
Inclusion: A generation of progress By Hon. Mark J. Lopez Diversity Leadership Council, June 2017 From this writer’s perspective, the Illinois State Bar Association has made substantial progress from even a generation ago, yet our efforts remain a work in progress.
Diversity in the practice By Maliha Siddiqui Young Lawyers Division, August 2016 The author shares her experiences as a minority in the legal profession.
Batson turns 30 but still has growing pains By Tom Schanzle-Haskins Diversity Leadership Council, June 2016 Though the Batson holding has been in effect for 30 years, the Courts and commentators still grapple with how to best implement it in the trial court.
Kane judicial system changes to better reflect diversity within county By Judith Miller Diversity Leadership Council, June 2016 It is clear from the voices of our legal leaders that diversity is a prized quality that they agree needs to be nurtured, encouraged, and intentionally sought.
Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law By Athena T. Taite Diversity Leadership Council, June 2016 A message from Athena Taite, Chair of the ISBA's Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities & The Law.
We are all in this together By Umberto S. Davi Diversity Leadership Council, June 2016 A message from ISBA President Umberto S. Davi
Immigration reform and diversifying your workforce By Edward N. Druck and Tejas Shah Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 Recent executive actions enacted by the President and the Department of Homeland Security are estimated to collectively provide work authorization to 4 million undocumented individuals across the U.S., and impact hundreds of thousands of individuals in the state of Illinois alone.
The inadvertent advocacy of a transgender litigant By Vera Sarilyn Verbel Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 The author shares her experience as a party in the Illinois court system.
Meet the Diversity Fellows Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 Please welcome KiKi Mosley, Hellin Jang and Inez Toledo, who were selected from the Fellows nominees.
Pioneers and prosecutor honored at the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Gala 2015 By Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Emily N. Masalski, and Spiridoula Mavrothalasitis Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 On May 14, 2015, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois held its 2015 Spring Gala at Prairie Production in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
Race and the Law Symposium Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 A summary of this program, which took place in March.
Sonni Choi Williams: 2015 ISBA Diversity Leadership Award recipient Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 At the ISBA Awards Luncheon on June 19, 2015, Sonni Choi Williams, Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Peoria, will be awarded the 2015 ISBA Diversity Leadership Award.
Tenth Annual 2015 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 A recap of this year's conference.
Wanted: Male attention—A focus on gender disparity in the law By Carl Newman Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 Young lawyers especially need to be aware of gender disparities in order for the landscape to change.

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