Law in Chicago in 2017 is still white, straight and male. Society isn’t. Over the next few pages, you’ll see the results of the Chicago Lawyer 2017 Firm Diversity Survey. We surveyed the top 100 largest firms in Illinois as determined by our sister publication Sullivan’s Law Directory and numbers directly provided by the firms, asking them about issues of race, gender and sexuality.
Groups like the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms — even the city of Chicago’s procurement department — have different stamps of certification they can give, each with its own set of requirements and conditions beyond just counting genders. Even firms with more women than men in management don’t necessarily qualify for certification, depending on their business and decision-making models.
The Chicago Lighthouse’s Arthur and Esther Kane Legal Clinic, founded in 2005, is the only one of its kind in the country that provides free legal services to the blind and visually impaired. Paul Rink, the clinic director, has been legally blind since shortly after birth; Carol Anderson, who serves as an attorney under Rink, became blind as an adult, shortly after graduating from University of Chicago Law School.
It wasn’t so much that the partners of Polsinelli’s Chicago office disliked their office space at the Grant Thornton Tower at 161 N. Clark St. — it’s that it simply became inconvenient. Efficiency and convenience were significant considerations in the new space as they relate to collaboration among staff, especially between different practice areas.
When visitors come through The Chicago Bar Association’s lobby, they are walking through the Terrence M. Murphy Lobby, renamed in late March to honor the longtime CBA executive director. If CBA President Daniel Kotin had his way, they would have named the whole building after Murphy.
For the past 17 years, Chicago Lawyer has surveyed the largest law firms in the state about topics ranging from office space to firm size to associate compensation. We parse out the survey results over the year. This issue is dedicated to diversity.
Chicago Lawyer DirectoryA roundup of alternative dispute resolution services.
Chicago Lawyer DirectoryProfiles of some of the top women in the profession.
Chicago Lawyer DirectoryA roundup of the top legal technology companies in the Chicago area.
CLE Guide — Spring 2016Law Bulletin Publishing Company is proud to present the 2016 Spring Continuing Legal Education Guide.