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Section Newsletter Articles on Women

The IHRA: Extending protections for pregnant women in the workplace By Catherine D. Battista and Michael Wong Diversity Leadership Council, June 2016 The amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act are a step in the right direction, but will likely create many logistical problems and headaches for Illinois employers as they seek to comply with the law.
A successful Laughter in the Law Luncheon By Kelly Parfitt Women and the Law, June 2016 On March 8, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Women and the Law Committee hosted its annual luncheon, ‘Laughter in the Law,’ at Maggiano’s in downtown Chicago.
Business Travel and Breast Milk/Pumping: Milk Stork Review By Emily N. Masalski Women and the Law, March 2016 The author shares her successful experience with Milk Stork.
Minding the gap: International Women’s Day By Emily A. Hansen Women and the Law, March 2016 International Women’s Day was observed on March 8th to celebrate and promote the economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
Upcoming Attorney Moms Lunch Women and the Law, March 2016 We will be hosting an “Attorney Moms” lunch at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Zonta celebrates 97 years of advancing the status of women By Melissa Olivero Women and the Law, March 2016 Zonta International is the only international service organization dedicated to advancing the status of women.
Recent studies confirm much still needs to be done for women to gain parity in the profession By Michele M. Jochner Women and the Law, February 2016 Although the distribution of men and women in our profession is at roughly a 2 to 1 ratio, men are three times more likely than women to appear in lead roles in civil cases—especially in those matters which are financially lucrative and high-profile.
SUFFRAGETTE: Women’s fight for the right to vote By Meg O’Sullivan Women and the Law, November 2015 A look at the movie "Suffragette," which leaves viewers with the realization that the fight for the right to vote for women is far from over.
Lessons from One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (and Most Men) By Michele M. Jochner Women and the Law, October 2015 Dr. Arin Reeves’ most recent book illustrates that although we have certainly made numerous advances in the legal profession, much still needs to be accomplished to achieve full inclusion and equality for women who practice law.
Making airports nursing friendly: Senate Bill 0344 —“Lactation Accommodation in Airports Act” By Emily N. Masalski Diversity Leadership Council, June 2015 If passed by the Illinois House and signed by the Governor, the Act will require Illinois airports that conduct commercial operations of more than 1,000,000 enplanements a year to update airport facilities on or before January 1, 2017, to provide a clean and private place for nursing mothers to express breast milk.
The ACLU’s Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project By Mary F. Petruchius Women and the Law, April 2015 The ACLU’s Judicial Bypass Coordination Project provides minors with information about the state’s parental notice law for those seeking abortions and assistance in obtaining what is called a “judicial bypass.”
The ACLU’s Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project By Mary F. Petruchius Child Law, April 2015 The ACLU’s Judicial Bypass Coordination Project provides minors with information about the state’s parental notice law for those seeking abortions and assistance in obtaining what is called a “judicial bypass.”
An overview of Illinois’ pregnancy fairness laws By Justin L. Leinenweber Government Lawyers, April 2015 As of January 1, 2015, new provisions in Illinois law establish that pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or child birth are now protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Save the Date— “Because You’re Worth It! Achieving Advancement and Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession” Women and the Law, April 2015 Save the date-- May 7, 2015-- for this exciting program.
Unique opportunities in the legal profession for moms By Jennifer A. Haase Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 Does the legal profession get an unfair reputation when it comes to offering flexibility and alternative options for working mothers?
Helping young homeless mothers get a fresh start By Kristen Prinz Women and the Law, February 2015 On Saturday, February 7, a group of ISBA Women and the Law Committee members spent the morning helping New Moms, Inc. prepare apartments for young homeless mothers and their children.
Illinois Pregnancy Discrimination Law By Brian M. Dougherty Labor and Employment Law, February 2015 What employers need to know about this new law.
“Mr. Turner” and the issue of rape By Alexandra Martinez Women and the Law, February 2015 The author shares her thoughts on the film "Mr. Turner and the issues it raises about rape and consent.
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.
Women of the 18th Floor: Cook County Probate Division By Emily A. Hansen Women and the Law, February 2015 The 18th floor of the Richard J. Daley Center is dedicated solely to the Probate Division, where the majority of the 11 judges and many of the attorneys who practice are female. In this article the author interviews two associate judges and an attorney who work here—all women—to inspire other females in the legal profession and draw even more women to probate law.
Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act By Jennifer B. Wagner Women and the Law, August 2014 An overview of this important legislation, which currently awaits the Governor's signature.
Update on the 50 best law firms for women (and the 10 best in Chicago) By Cindy G. Buys Women and the Law, August 2014 The 2014 results are in. Click here to see which Chicago firms made the list!
International Women’s Day Talking Circle – March 8, 2014 By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, July 2014 The theme of International Women’s Day 2014 is “Inspiring Change.” To explore this theme members of the ISBA, including former chairs of its Women in the Law Committee, came together on March 8th to enjoy spa services and hold a Talking Circle in the common room of the Ally Spa, Chicago.
Girls’ empowerment groups: Shaping the next generation of female leaders By Mary F. Petruchius Diversity Leadership Council, June 2014 Girls who are empowered with the information taught in groups such as the ones listed in this article are equipped with tools and information to make positive choices and educated decisions regarding their lives.
Women in conflict—A UN response By Cindy G. Buys and Julia Kaye Wykoff International and Immigration Law, June 2014 Rather than conventional war tools such as guns, tanks, and bombs, raping and abusing women seemingly became a favorite tactic in many war-torn countries.
The Good Girls Revolt By Mary Kay Devine Women and the Law, April 2014 Buy your tickets today and don't miss your chance to network with Chicago's business, community, education, and political leaders at Women Employed's signature gala event.
A Thank You to our Program Sponsors Women and the Law, April 2014 Without these supporters the Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of her Legacy program, held at Northern Illinois University on March 21st, would not have been possible.
Women in conflict—A UN response By Cindy G. Buys and Julia Kaye Wykoff Women and the Law, April 2014 Rather than conventional war tools such as guns, tanks, and bombs, raping and abusing women seemingly became a favorite tactic in many war-torn countries.
An alternative to jail: How the judicial system is assisting women at risk By Jon Kingzette Alternative Dispute Resolution, March 2014 The purpose of a Girls Court is to help prostitutes and other women at risk find comfort, come to terms with the fact that they were exploited, and try to prepare for a new life.