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.
The CBA would like to wish everyone a happy Juneteenth, a time for celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Though the Emancipation Proclamation officially went into effect on January 1st, 1863, many slaves were not freed until the Union army arrived in the South. The holiday marks the day that General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that all slaves were free - June 19th, 1865. Explore the historical legacy of Juneteeth at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Odyssey Project Now Accepting Applications
The Odyssey Project is a free, college-credit bearing humanities program for income eligible adults in the Chicagoland area. Their objective is to increase access to higher education for those who may not have had it in the past. Just as importantly, they are also committed to building a supportive, sustained intellectual community among their students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The Odyssey Project/Proyecto Odisea at Illinois Humanities is now accepting applications for academic year 2023-2024. Applications are due by Thursday, June 15th. See details here.
- Reparations: 40 Acres and a Mule... with Interest by Patrick Dankwa John (CBA Record magazine, July/August 2021)
- Boston Appoints New Members to its Reparations Task Force by By Uwa Ede-Osifo (NBC News Website)
- CBA Podcast: A Closer Look at the U.S.’ First Reparations Program with Evanston’s Mayor Daniel Biss. In this CBA Podcast episode hosts Maggie Mendenhall Casey and Jennifer Byrne are joined by Mayor Daniel Biss to discuss how the City of Evanston has sought to implement a first-of-its-kind reparations program, which seeks to distribute reparations to Black residents who were impacted by the city’s historical housing discrimination using revenue from cannabis taxation. Listen on the Legal Talk Network plus Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher and Spotify.
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."
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.