Judge Williams

The Impossible Dream of Judge Williams

I remember the first time I met United States 7th Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams. I was a third year law student interviewing for post-graduation clerkships. I traveled to Chicago from Ann Arbor to interview with her. I walked into…
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lawyers with disabilities

5 Things to Know About Lawyers With Disabilities

Quick. Think of diversity in the legal profession. What comes to your mind? Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ people might be your immediate thoughts. You might think of diversity discussions that you’ve had at your law firm, or…
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law student wellness

Here’s the Secret to Law Student Wellness

I attend a lot of legal profession awards and I always see the same thing. No matter the occasion or award, no matter how extensive the professional accomplishments, every awardee ends his or her speech with the same thank you’s…
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Diversity Program CLE Program

Time to Rethink Your Diversity Program?

Has your legal organization put on a diversity program recently? What did you think about it? We at the Commission have reviewed thousands of courses offered for diversity and inclusion CLE credit over the years. In that time, we’ve come…
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diversity program

Simply Having a Diversity Program is Not Enough

Do You Know if it Works? For the past decade, the Illinois Supreme Court has encouraged attorneys to take diversity Continuing Legal Education courses, mental illness and addiction CLE courses and activities to fulfill part of their professional responsibility requirement….
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dear law student

Dear Law Student: The Future of Law is Now

Dear Law Student, The Future Is Now. Not only is that title prophetic, it was also the name of a conference hosted by my organization, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, last month. Held in the Art Institute of…
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