Continuing Education Committee Presents: Getting to Know the Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Getting to Know the Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Description: Discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations continues to marginalize too many of Chicago’s residents. Hate crimes also have a devastating impact on individuals and communities, as we are currently seeing with the Asian American community in the wake of the pandemic. The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) is charged with addressing these and many other issues as the City of Chicago’s civil rights agency. Join First Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Gunn for a discussion of the work and challenges facing this important and instrumental agency in bringing fairness and equity to our city.

Presented by: Kenneth Gunn. For more than 30 years, Ken Gunn has dedicated his career to public service, specifically civil rights law. He currently serves as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations where he has been on staff since 1990. The Commission serves as the city’s civil rights agency responsible for investigating and adjudicating complaints of discrimination, aiding hate crime victims, mediating racial and ethnic tensions, and providing anti-bias training.

As the First Deputy, Ken is responsible for the managing the day-to-day operations of the agency under the direction of the commissioner. He is involved in all aspects of the Commission’s work including reviewing complaints of discrimination, strategizing to address hate crimes and community tensions, and directing personnel and fiscal operations. He also provides legal counsel to the staff and Board of Commissioners and works with the Mayor and City Council to draft and review legislation.

 When: Tuesday, June 29th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

 Where: At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.

 Cost: This program is free to members.

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Continuing Education Committee Presents: Scams, Schemes and Cyber Security

Presented by: David Williams. David Williams is a Supervisor in the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office. He leads the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC). Former Assistant Chief Counsel with the US Department of Homeland Security. David is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

When: Wednesday, May 26th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.

Cost: This program is free to members.

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May 2021 Business Meeting

The CALL Meetings Committee presents:

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A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

May 2021 Business Meeting
Meeting Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Location: Zoom
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Please stay on Zoom after the meeting to network and catch up with CALL friends)
Cost: free

Speaker: AALL Vice President, Diane Rodriguez, will be joining us as the speaker for our May business meeting. Each AALL Chapter has the opportunity for a visit from the President or Vice President every three years and we are delighted to welcome Diane for our chapter visit. She will share news about national initiatives of the association and would like to hear any suggestions or concerns from chapter members. Ms. Rodriguez currently services as Assistant Director of the San Francisco Law Library.

Community Service: This month the Community Service committee would like to encourage donations to Chicago Books to Women in Prison (CBWP). CBWP is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people nationwide, focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people. They are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. To make a financial donation via PayPal, click here. Alternatively, to purchase a book from their wish list, which will then be picked up and mailed by a CBWP volunteer, click here.

AALL Raffle: As a way to show our appreciation and as a way to support our membership in their professional development during a difficult year, the CALL Grants & Chapter Awards Committee will be raffling off 25 grants to cover registration for the 2021 AALL Annual Conference at our May Business Meeting! If you do not want to be considered for this raffle, please opt-out on the meeting registration form.

Door Prizes: Two gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis. Check out their InfoPro for news and tips for librarians.

Registration ends Monday May 17th.

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Finding Illinois Law (Second Edition)

The second edition of Finding Illinois Law has been published and is now available in PDF. The guide can be downloaded in its entirely or as individual chapters here.

The CALL Government Relations Committee presents this guide as a tool to assist the general public with conducting legal research. The first edition of Finding Illinois Law was published in 2012. Online access to legal information has improved and expanded since the first edition was published nearly a decade ago, so the second edition reflects these developments.

Each chapter has been updated and revised by CALL members. The second edition of Finding Illinois Law begins with an overview of the U.S. legal system and how to cite to legal materials in Chapters 1 and 2, respectively. Each branch of government produces its own source of law from cases to statutes to administrative regulations. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 discuss these sources of law, focusing on the law of Illinois, but also including information about federal law and the laws of our neighboring states. Chapter 8 provides an overview of how to conduct Illinois legislative history, which is a new chapter added in this second edition of this publication.

Because this guide is intended for an audience of non-lawyers, it includes advice in Chapter 9 on how free internet legal research resources compares with the commercial services generally used by attorneys. Librarians who conduct legal research on behalf of another individual or who assist patrons with locating legal information will be interested in Chapter 10, which covers the unauthorized practice of law to ensure that the assistance they are providing does not cross the fine line between reference assistance and providing legal advice.

Chapter 11 offers resources for where to seek additional help. If a situation arises where legal representation is needed, consult the list of law school clinics, legal organizations, and lawyer referral services to locate free and low-cost legal assistance. Librarians who are looking to add legal titles to their collection should consult the list of recommended publishers and resources in Chapter 12.

We hope that this guide will be a valuable resource for librarians and non-lawyers throughout Illinois. The CALL Government Relations Committee plans on creating a dynamic, online version of this guide in the near future.

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