Section Newsletter Articles on Diversity

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.
Wanted: Male attention—A focus on gender disparity in the law By Carl Newman Women and the Law, February 2015 If we want the landscape to change, we all need to be aware of gender disparities.
Count me in: An ISBA Diversity Leadership Council Event By Cory White Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 The first “Count Me In” reception was held during the ISBA Mid-Year Meeting and proved to be a rousing success.
“Defamation”: A synopsis of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee CLE Seminar By Divya K. Sarang and Priti Nemani Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 An overview of the Kane County Bar Association's October 2013 Ethics CLE Seminar.
Diversity and inclusion goes beyond the walls of Exelon’s legal department By Anthony Gay Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Exelon’s legal department, and the company as a whole, operates in markets that are rich in diversity—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, experience and thought.
Diversity in Kane County: A way it might arrive By Patrick M. Kinnally Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Author Patrick Kinnally shares his personal views on diversity.
Diversity Leadership Award By Sandra Blake Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Congratulations to the 2013 and 2014 winners!
Diversity Leadership Fellows Program Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 The Diversity Leadership Fellows program is designed to identify promising attorneys of diverse backgrounds who are not currently members of the ISBA and acclimate them to the ISBA under the mentoring of established leaders within the various section councils and standing committees within the association.
Kane County diversity colors even common problems By Judith Miller Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Justice cannot be achieved unless we acknowledge our differences and recognize the imbalances that work against fairness, efficiency and accuracy.