First Generation Lawyers

First Generation Lawyers: The Next Diversity Frontier

Have you heard of “first generation lawyers”? If you work in diversity and inclusion, the idea of first generation lawyers might be familiar to you. But for many lawyers and legal professionals, “first generation” is a new term with which…
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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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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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lawyer diversity

Lawyer Diversity: The Future is Now

This is the last in my Future is Now: Legal Services 2.017 conference wrap-up posts. I am incredibly grateful to all of the speakers who shared their perspectives with a packed audience last month. Another theme that emerged from the…
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offering diversity programs

5 Tips for Successful Diversity Programs

For the past decade, Illinois has encouraged attorneys to take a diversity program to fulfill part of their CLE requirement. Over that decade, we’ve seen the percentages of diversity programs offered and taken in Illinois remain practically unchanged. We’ve seen…
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women of color lawyers pipeline program

Changing the Future for Women of Color Lawyers

If you ever attend a Black Women Lawyers’ Association meeting, you might be surprised by a tradition they have. Every meeting, every single person in the room stands up and announces three things: their name, where they work, and whether…
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Own Bias

Can We Recognize And Acknowledge Our Own Bias?

Reflecting on our reaction to Donald Trump’s words and behavior throughout the election of 2016 provides an opportunity to examine our conscious and unconscious bias. Our life experiences affect our beliefs, even if we aren’t aware that it is happening. …
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black millennials

Let’s Talk Black Millennials

In my four and a half years of working at the Commission on Professionalism, and speaking around the state and country, absolutely nothing has gotten my audience as engaged (read: riled up) as talking about millennials in the workplace. As…
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