CBA YLS Racial Justice Coalition

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section unequivocally stands against racial discrimination and police brutality. We also reaffirm our commitment to serving as a voice and as an instrument of change in our communities and beyond. In solidarity with everyone who has felt--and continues to feel--the frustrations of ongoing systemic and institutional racism, we establish the CBA YLS Racial Justice Coalition. As attorneys and leaders in the legal profession, we have a duty to unite and use our resources and power to promote unity and progress. Together, we are stronger.

Mission Statement

The CBA YLS Racial Justice Coalition was formed for the purpose of collaborating with leading forces in the Chicagoland legal community to take action against racial injustice in the following ways:
The Coalition will collaborate with other bar associations to identify and facilitate pro bono and community service opportunities that focus on combating racial disparities, addressing the concerns of minority groups, and building a bridge between the legal community and the clients that we serve.
Community Engagement
The Coalition will build and maintain relationships with community organizations and local government leaders that seek to promote social justice, uplift historically underprivileged voices, and impact collective action and legislation supporting the eradication of systemic racism.
The Coalition will encourage all bar associations to collaborate with us in providing training, seminars, speaker series, and workshops dedicated to understanding and championing diversity and inclusion throughout our profession and within our communities.

Upcoming CLE Seminars and Events

  • Nuanced Injustice: Collateral Immigration Consequences from Convictions  (5/12/21: CBA members register by clicking here.  Non-CBA members register by clicking here.) 
    Description: This panel will examine how criminal convictions affect removal proceedings, often unexpectedly and counterintuitively. Specifically, our panel will examine commonly problematic nuances of criminal dispositions that can derail an immigration proceeding from reaching a successful outcome. The panelists will explore the difficulty of articulating these seemingly illogical rules and scenarios to clients, i.e., lay people, so they can make an overall informed decision about both the criminal and immigration aspects of their predicament. The panelists will lend their unique perspectives in litigating immigration and criminal cases to provide tips to practitioners to avoid some of these common pitfalls.
    1) Nishá Dotson, Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
    2) Sal Cicero, Owner, Cicero Law Group P.C.
    3) Omar Khan, Partner, Khan Nayyar & Associates, LLC   

    Moderator: Jeffrey Grossich, Associate Attorney, The Blake Horwitz Law Firm, Ltd.
  • Volunteer Opportunity!

  • Join the Housing Preservation Project at the Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) on May 18, 2021 from 3-5 pm for a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Zoom course to learn how to draft Illinois Transfer on Death Instruments (TODI) to keep clients' homes out of probate, conduct title searches, and assist clients with claiming property tax exemptions. Event is open to ALL attorneys and law students!  Register in advance by clicking here.  The registration deadline is May 13, 2021. The CLE will be followed by a Volunteer Engagement opportunity on May 20, 2021 from 1-4 pm during which you may assist a homeowner in Cook County, Illinois with a title search and TODI.  Supervision is readily available throughout the entire volunteer engagement.  

Past CLE Seminars and Events


CBA TV Interview: Introduction to the Racial Justice Coalition

Black History Month: Interview with Nyshana Sumner, President of the Cook County Bar Association

Black History Month: Interview with Mike Wilder, Chairman of the Black Men Lawyers' Association

Black History Month: Interview with CK Hoffler, President of the National Bar Association

Black History Month: Interview with Kenyatta Beverly, President of the Black Women Lawyers' Association

Coalition Members

The following bar associations and legal advocacy organizations who have joined the Coalition include:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA)
  • Arab American Bar Association of Illinois (AABAR)
  • Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (AABA)
  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. (BWLA)
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women
  • Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyers In the Classroom Program
  • Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP)
  • Chinese American Bar Association (CABA)
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI)
  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel (IDC)
  • Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (IL ARDC)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ISBA-YLD)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Racial & Ethnic Minorities and the Law
  • Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2Civility)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers (Justinians)
  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC)
  • National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
  • North Suburban Bar Association (NSBA)
  • Serbian Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association (SABA)
  • South Suburban Bar Association (SSBA)
  • Southwest Bar Association (SWBA)
  • UIC John Marshall SBA
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association (WCDBA)

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