black judges

Why Black Judges Matter

Crain’s recent article on the lack of black male federal judicial appointments in the 7th Circuit has generated some strong comments. I agree that diversity on the bench is important. But I take issue with the overly simplistic finger-pointing at…
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gender pay gap

The Pay Gap In The Legal Field Is Significant

In March, the Census Bureau released new data in honor of Women’s History Month. Once again, among full-time, year-round civilian workers across all occupations, women were reported as earning 78.8 cents to every dollar earned by men. The new data,…
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Working Mothers Legal Career

Easier To Exit Than Return

It’s no secret: women attorneys leave the legal industry at a much higher rate than men do. Despite making up nearly half of law school classes, women comprise only 34 percent of the attorney population. Reasons for that differential abound…
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Mentoring Sponsorship

Sponsorship: A Step Beyond Mentoring

Fortunately, there is not much debate on the value of mentoring for new lawyers. According to a 2013 National Association for Law Placement (NALP) study, The State of Mentoring in the Legal Profession, nearly 90% of all law firms surveyed…
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Interupt Gender Bias of Speaking

Why Don’t Women Talk More

Stereotypically speaking, women talk a lot. Statistically speaking, men talk more – at least within professional settings. Men tend to speak more frequently, loudly and dominantly than their female colleagues, which has effectively silenced many women in the workplace. The…
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Professional Responsibility CLE

Commission Takes CLE in New Direction

In 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court instituted minimum continuing legal education requirements for Illinois lawyers. Concurrent with that decision, the Court also established the Commission on Professionalism to promote civility and professionalism among the Illinois bench and bar. Part of…
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Reframe fear of networking

How to Conquer Your Fear of Networking

American Bar Association Student Lawyer  Vol. 43 No. 5 In the first installment of a two-part series on networking for law students, we describe the natural aversion that many people have to networking and suggest thinking about it in a…
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Justice

Creative Solutions For Access To Justice

It is frustrating that, in a country where just over half of law school graduates obtain full-time legal work, we still have a pervasive access to justice problem. Historically, the access to justice problem has been primarily seen from the…
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diversity in legal profession

Reflections On Becoming a Real Lawyer

On November 6th, Illinois welcomed nearly 1,900 new lawyers to the ranks. I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Judicial District ceremonies, held in the Arie Crown Theater, where my own swearing-in took place more years ago than I…
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