D.I.C.E. oversees The Chicago Bar Association's efforts to examine diversity issues impacting our communities and our legal profession. D.I.C.E. further aims to create activities and events designed to promote diversity, inclusivity, equity, and engagement in all aspects of the CBA. The overarching mission of D.I.C.E. will be to ensure that: Diversity, which is the range of different human characteristics that make us different from each other, includes to the extent possible within the membership, a focus that incorporates, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, age, physical attributes and disability or challenges, religious and political beliefs. Click here to read our complete mission statement. Click here to find a comprehensive list of the CBA's diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives.
Former CBA President Justice Joy Cunningham Appointed to Illinois Supreme Court; Justice Theis Selected as Chief Justice
Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Anne M. Burke announced she is retiring in November after 16 years on the high court. Justice Joy V. Cunningham, who served as CBA President from 2004-05, has been appointed to fill her seat and Justice Mary Jane Theis has been selected as next Chief Justice of The Illinois Supreme Court. Below you will find the CBA DICE Committee's March 2022 interview with Justice Theis for our Women's Month History Archives project. We hope you enjoy this interview (moderated by CBA Member Greta Weathersby).
Celebrating Ida B. Wells
Chicago resident Ida B. Wells was a world-renowned anti-lynching crusader, civil rights activist and investigative journalist. Click here to learn more about her lasting legacy in Chicago and beyond in NPR/WBEZ's "Ida B. Wells' Lasting Impact On Chicago Politics And Power."
NNABA/ABA Study of Native American Women Attorneys
The voices of Native American attorneys, specifically women, have been left out of important conversations and studies in recent years. The National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”) is working to correct this by conducting a first of its kind study exploring the unique experiences of Native American women who navigate the intersection of tribal identity, race, and gender in the legal profession. Learn more/register for the study here.
Juneteenth is now a federal holiday that recognizes June 19 as the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. AARP recently shared a historical look at the holiday as well as 6 ways to mark the holiday.