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.

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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:

Service
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.

Education 
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.

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
  • 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)

Get Involved

To get involved or with inquiries, please contact yls@chicagobar.org