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Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship AwardIn addition to these scholarships, DSF provides opportunities for externships with judges in a variety of different fields. Those selected for externships will be provided a stipend. Interested persons must complete a the scholarship application linked above. All of the requirements set forth in the scholarship application apply to those seeking externships including mandatory attendance at the 2015 Unity Award Dinner. I'll have a post up about the dinner soon. Meanwhile, for more information about the scholarship program, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the Illinois legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.LSAT Scholarship Award
This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA)
This Scholarship (an award of at least $500) was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, an Associate with Hinshaw and Culbertson, and her fiance Dr. George F. Viamontes. With their wedding set for October of this year, Stacy and George are inviting guests to make donations to the DLSSA in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. They also encourge and invite everyone to contribute to this scholarship fund and help support derserving law students with disabilities for many years to come. This Scholarship will be awarded to a disabled law student who is attending an accredited law school in the Chicago area. There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship. Read more about the DLSSA and contribute here.
For the first time in many years, the Democratic Committee of the 9th Subcircuit has come together to unanimously endorse a candidate, throwing their support behind Judge Jerry Esrig in Cook County’s 9th Judicial Subcircuit race.Committeemen in the 9th Subcircuit, which includes Chicago's 49th and 50th Wards (and portions of the 48th, 40th and 41st Wards) as well as and Evanston and Niles Townships (and portions of New Trier, Northfield, and Maine Townships), have a long tradition of independence. A unanimous endorsement of anyone in that subcircuit is indeed newsworthy.
Evanston Township Democratic Committeeman Eamon Kelly stated, “Judge Esrig is a great judge. He’s smart, hardworking and fair. We are lucky to have him on the bench, and endorsing him was an easy choice for the Democratic Party.”
City of Chicago 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore agreed, saying, “I’m proud to endorse Judge Esrig because of his strong record of community involvement, his outstanding legal and judicial career, and the unanimously positive evaluations he has received from the bar associations. I will be working hard to support him in the Democratic primary.”
I met Judge Spratt briefly, and she seemed to be a very nice lady. Very professional and gracious-I have no problem with her personally. In fact, I have no reason to believe that wouldn't be a fine judge. Nor do I have any reason to believe that her judicial decisions will be tempered in any way by those who donate to her campaign. But all that is the beside the point.
I think the obvious elephant in the room is the issue of race, not prior party affiliation or her husband's judicial history. The sub-circuits were created in large part to make it easier for more Blacks and Hispanics to become judges. There are Black and Hispanic candidates who would also make fine judges, who are being denied the opportunity that the sub-circuit system was designed to give us. The sub-circuit system was designed in large measure to allow us to become judges, and to do so with minimal control from those who live outside our communities. Our nation has been plagued by racism for centuries. Things have gotten better for Blacks in so many ways over the years, but there is still much room for improvement in several arenas. The justice system being chief amoung them. The mere fact that in a city as racially diverse as Chicago, we can go so long without a single Black male federal judge should give us pause. Of the 10 judges in the 7th currently, there is only 1 Black male, yet there are are 2 White males.