Managing partner of Katten's Chicago office and co-chair of the Litigation practice Gil Soffer was appointed to the Racial Justice Diversity Committee for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, a committee formed by Chief US District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to explore ways to address racial disparities in the federal court.
The Racial Justice Diversity Committee’s mission statement says that it will "seek to evaluate methods that may help overcome any barriers to achieving the goal of equal justice for all" and will "study diversity at all staffing levels of the federal district court, as well as the general bar, trial bar, court monitors, special masters and receivers, [Criminal Justice Act] panel and lawyers who serve as lead and liaison counsel in [multidistrict litigation] proceedings."
In addition to the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court has also announced it would be recruiting a chief diversity and inclusion officer for its judicial branch, who will be a leader in proposing "practices, procedures and rules for Illinois’ courts to protect the constitutional rights of the public we serve."
Read the press release issued by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Read the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's article, "Federal district court starts diversity committee," in its entirety.
Read Law360's article, "Chicago's Chief Federal Judge Appoints Diversity Committee," in its entirety.