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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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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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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Groundhog Day for Diversity Leaders

It’s my favorite time of the year, Oscar season. I love both movies and awards shows so I have watched (and rewatched) every Oscars since, likely, birth. Now perhaps you’ve seen the hashtag around the Oscars this year, #OscarsSoWhite. Does…
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Will Women Lawyers Embrace Fashion Faux Pas?

Earlier this week, two elder stateswomen of the Millennial generation offered some career advice suitable for women lawyers: when you can’t beat ‘em, transform the game. On Tuesday night, Serena Williams played her older sister Venus for the 27th time,…
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Women in Leadership? Not as Lead or Trial Counsel

Where are all the women in the courtroom? Last month the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession came out with some disheartening news: men are three times more likely to be lead counsel in civil cases than…
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