Despite increased representation of women, people of color, and those who identify as LGBTQ among associates, progress for Black and Latina partners remains “excruciatingly slow,” according to the NALP 2022 Report on Diversity in Law Firms.
Black and Latina women each accounted for less than 1% of all partners in 2022, increasing by less than 0.1 percentage point from 2021.
Conversely, women in general now make up nearly half of all associates and summer associates.
Over the 30 years that NALP has collected data, the representation of people of color at the partner level has increased by less than
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Growing up as a Black girl with a multiracial heritage in central Illinois in the 1980s, race often played a role in my experiences. And in those moments, I felt a sense of otherness.
Julia Roundtree Livingston in first grade
Whether I was the only brown face in my school, on my extracurricular teams, or in my church, I was hyperaware of racial differences.
I was not the only one who would define my differences; my classmates regularly pointed them out in my appearance—brown skin and protective hairstyles (often braids)–which was starkly different as compared to theirs.
Like other children,
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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that registration is open for its seventh annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The conference will be held virtually from 12 – 4:15 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
Early bird pricing of $30 per ticket will be available through Wednesday, March 15, when the price will increase to $50 per ticket.
The Future Is Now will explore the intersection of legal innovation and professionalism through the lens of delivering legal services to today’s consumers.
Conference speakers will discuss how to prioritize the principles of professionalism—including civility;
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Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives.
Michele M. Jochner, partner at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in the Chicagoland area, represents family law clients in complex appellate matters.
Previously, Michele served as a judicial law clerk to two Chief Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court: the late Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow and the late Justice Charles E. Freeman.
How has your practice evolved during the last few years?
After nearly 16 years of service at the Illinois Supreme Court, I joined the internationally-recognized law firm of
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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) recently announced that the Motion to Seal Court File in an Eviction Case form suite is available for comment for 45 days, through March 3, 2023.
This new form set is meant to help self-represented litigants request to seal their eviction court files.
The forms and a link to submit comments can be found on the Illinois Supreme Court website.
After the public comment period ends, the ATJ Commission will review any feedback or suggestions received and make any necessary revisions.
What eviction forms are available for comment?
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Last week, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Executive Director Erika Harold returned to her alma mater, Harvard Law School, as part of the teaching faculty of the Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop. This is the sixth year that Harold has taught as part of the Trial Advocacy Workshop.
The Trial Advocacy Workshop is an intensive course in trial analysis, skills, and techniques taught over three weeks. Harold taught during the second week, which focused on bench trials.
“We are delighted that Erika joined the teaching faculty of our Trial Advocacy Workshop again this year,” said Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., Director
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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that it recently partnered with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice to lead its 12th Courthouse Professionalism Training. The in-person training was held on January 11, 2023, at the Cook County Sixth Municipal District courthouse in Markham, Illinois.
Presiding Judge Tommy Brewer provides remarks to the participants
Roughly 40 members of the courthouse working community —including judges, attorneys, deputies, clerks, and administration—participated in the half-day program that asked them to navigate the courthouse experience through the lens of court users.
“Courthouse Professionalism Training is an opportunity
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