Articles on Diversity

Sex, Gender, and Identity: Using Intentional Language to Foster a More Inclusive Legal Field By Ryan R. Lee Trusts and Estates, February 2022 All members of the legal profession should strive to make the field as inclusive and affirming as possible. A working knowledge of the importance of proper pronoun use and gender neutral language can become two invaluable tools in a practitioner’s briefcase.
Sex, Gender, and Identity: Using Intentional Language to Foster a More Inclusive Legal Field By Ryan R. Lee Elder Law, January 2022 All members of the legal profession should strive to make the field as inclusive and affirming as possible. A working knowledge of the importance of proper pronoun use and gender neutral language can become two invaluable tools in a practitioner’s briefcase.
Building a Diverse Bar Community Together, Not Siloed By Jaz Park Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 A summary of some of the ISBA's Steering Committee on Racial Inequality's recent initiatives.
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The CROWN Act By Janelle A. Dixon Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 California became the first state to ban natural hair discrimination through the CROWN Act and, since being signd into law in 2019, 14 states, including Illinois, have passed similar laws.
Diversity Leadership Award Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 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.
Editor’s Note By Sandra Blake Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 An introduction to the issue from the editor.
Employing Individuals With Disabilities: Viewpoints Based on the Experiences of Two Disabled Attorneys By Brandy Johnson & Patti Chang Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 Two ISBA members with disabilities reflect on their experiences in the workplace.
It’s a Sign of the Times By Sandra Blake Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 Hopeful signs that indicate society's attitudes are moving toward more acceptance and inclusion.
A New Rule of Evidence: The Effect of Immigration Status in Illinois Civil Proceedings By Patrick M. Kinnally Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 The Illinois General Assembly has enacted 735 ILCS 5/18-2901, a new rule under which evidence related to a person’s immigration status is not admissible in any civil proceeding with certain exceptions.
Overview of the New Title IX Regulations By Lindsay A. Hatzis Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations prohibit federally funded educational institutions from engaging in sex discrimination in their education programs and activities.
Reflections on the Legacy of Ida Platt and Diversity and Inclusion By Khara Coleman Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 Reflections on diversity and inclusion.
Sex, Gender, and Identity: Using Intentional Language to Foster a More Inclusive Legal Field By Ryan R. Lee Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 All members of the legal profession should strive to make the field as inclusive and affirming as possible. A working knowledge of the importance of proper pronoun use and gender neutral language can become two invaluable tools in a practitioner’s briefcase.
Standing Committee on Women and the Law Year(s) in Review: 2019-20 and 2020-21 By Cindy G. Buys Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 An overview of the Standing Committee on Women in the Law's accomplishments from the past couple years.
Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity By Lindsay A. Hatzis Diversity Leadership Council, November 2021 On June 15, 2020, in a 6-3 opinion, the United States Supreme Court put an end to controversy by holding that Title VII prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Illinois AAML Announces African American Law School Scholarship By James Quigley Family Law, May 2021 The Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently implemented a scholarship for African American law students in the state of Illinois.
Implicit Bias By Trina Smith Bench and Bar, May 2021 As an attorney, it is important to acknowledge your implicit biases and how they affect your practice.
Implicit Bias By Trina Smith Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, April 2021 As an attorney, it is important to acknowledge your implicit biases and how they affect your practice.
Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer Appoints Diversity Committee By Glenn Gaffney Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, March 2021 Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer has appointed various individuals to a newly-formed racial justice and diversity committee.
Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer Appoints Diversity Committee By Glenn Gaffney Human and Civil Rights, September 2020 Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer has appointed various individuals to a newly-formed racial justice and diversity committee.
U.S. District Court Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month By Glenn Gaffney Human and Civil Rights, September 2020 In May, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage month in recognition to the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the law and the legal profession.
When Our Neighbors Aren’t So Neighborly By Heidi Ramos Human and Civil Rights, September 2020 A look at how LGBTQ protections in Illinois compare with those in other states.
Diversity and Inclusion: Professionalism at Work in the Law By Marcus Dominguez & Judge Debra B. Walker Elder Law, July 2020 On February 25, 2020, as representatives of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Judge Debra B. Walker and Judge Diane M. Shelley led an open discussion with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers centered around diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace.
Diversity and Inclusion: Professionalism at Work in the Law By Marcus Dominguez & Judge Debra B. Walker Family Law, June 2020 On February 25, 2020, as representatives of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Judge Debra B. Walker and Judge Diane M. Shelley led an open discussion with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers centered around diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace.
Count Me In reception photos Diversity Leadership Council, June 2019 Photo highlights from the Count Me In reception hosted by the Diversity Leadership Council on Friday, Dec. 7, at the 2018 Joint Midyear Meeting. 
Diversity and inclusion in nonprofit organizations By Beverly A. Allen Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2019 It is imperative that nonprofits continue to exist and flourish, and in order to do so, they must be willing to promote diversity and inclusiveness.
Diversity committee updates Diversity Leadership Council, June 2019 Updates from the Human Rights Section Council and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee.
Diversity Leadership Award Diversity Leadership Council, June 2019 A spotlight on Mario Sullivan, the 2019 recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award.
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From the president: Diversity matters By James F. McCluskey Diversity Leadership Council, June 2019 Every member can contribute to the Illinois State Bar Association's diversity mission.
Oscar winner’s speech aims to change the face of Hollywood By Stephanie A. Black Diversity Leadership Council, June 2019 The 2018 Oscars award ceremony was thick with themes of ending racial and sex-based discrimination and squaring off against the rampant harassment infecting the industry. But, the entertainment industry is not alone in navigating through these issues.
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.

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