• black history month

    Black History Month: Honoring Judicial Trailblazers in Illinois

    Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and to recognize the critical role of black people in U.S. history. In 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) sponsored the first national Negro History Week. The group chose the second week of February to coincide with the ...
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    A Recipe For Blended Learning

    One of my favorite guilty pleasures is The Great British Bake Off. It’s a perfect blend of quintessentially British stoicism and quiet drama, and very much reminds me of home. In addition to creating nostalgia for desserts that contain enough sugar to make Willy Wonka blush, it has also introduced me to the art of complementa...
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    It’s Time to Remove Professional Barriers for Lawyers With Disabilities

    Sometimes, in order to find a solution, barriers in the legal profession need to be analyzed. As lawyers, we tend to focus on barriers. How is that going to happen if X and Y are true? This is a potential problem, so how would that solution work? These are questions likely heard between a lawyer and their client. We learn to think like this in law ...
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    Painful or Purposeful? Flipping the Narrative on CLE for Lawyers

    In December 2019, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) released its annual Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms. Across the board, progress for women and people of color is, to quote the report commentary, “at a rate so slow as to almost seem imperceptible at times.” Additionally, a recent report from the American Bar Foundatio...
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Illinois Supreme Court Launches Pro Bono Pilot to Address Criminal Appeals Backlog

The Illinois Supreme Court has launched a pro bono pilot program to reduce the backlog of criminal appeals in the state. During the six-month pilot, which was announced on Feb. 11, volunteer pro bono attorneys will substitute as counsel for lawyers in the Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD) in certain criminal appeals. The pilot will i...
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ABA Votes for Revised Resolution Encouraging Legal Innovation

On Monday, the ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly voted to adopt Resolution 115 encouraging the exploration of regulatory innovation to expand civil legal services. But many say the last-minute addition of a clause stating the resolution wouldn’t alter the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct diminishes its impact. Background on Resolution...
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Commissioner Hon. Diane Shelley to be Honored with CBA Earl B. Dickerson Award

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that The Chicago Bar Association will honor Commissioner Hon. Diane Shelley, Circuit Court of Cook County, with the Earl B. Dickerson Award. An award reception and luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at The Standard Club in Chicago. The Dickerson Award was es...
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