Continuing Education Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Present “Demystifying the American Bar Association Policy Process: How Can ABA Policy Help You?”

Demystifying the American Bar Association Policy Process: How Can ABA Policy Help You?

Description: The American Bar Association, the largest voluntary association in the Country, has a long and distinguished reputation as being a leader on issues of national importance within and around the legal profession. But many don’t know about the ABA policy process or just to what extent the ABA takes stances on national legislation, court rulings, and attacks on civil liberties. This program will examine the ABA policy process and look at some of the current Resolutions and Reports that will be up for consideration at the ABA Midyear Meeting in February. Skip Harsch, the Director of the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, will also discuss some of the recent ABA resolutions and policies that have made the news and discuss some of the important work of the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center’s eight core diversity entities.

Presenter: Skip Harsch is the Director of the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.  As director of these Commissions, Skip oversees and is involved in the planning and implementation of many of the ABA’s Hispanic and LGBTQ+ initiatives including national advocacy, ABA policy work, and legal educational programming. In his role at the ABA, Skip helped created and implement the ABA’s ‘How to Be an Ally’ Toolkit and has presented both nationally and internationally on allyship in the workplace.  Skip is also a contributor to the publication Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Workplace.

Skip is a native of Illinois with strong ties to the Midwest. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and his JD from DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, Skip began his association and non-profit crusade as a summer intern at Lambda Legal. Skip is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) LGBT Committee and sits on the board of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC). He is a past CBA Young Lawyers Section executive committee member, a past at-large board member for the National LGBT Bar Association, and was extremely involved in the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.

When: Wednesday, November 30th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

Please register here.

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Community Service Event: Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup at Montrose Beach on Oct. 22, 1-3 PM

The Community Service Committee invites you to join us for a volunteer day: Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup at Montrose Beach on Saturday October 22 from 1:00 to 3:00PM.  We are coordinating this event to support the mission of the Alliance of The Great Lakes.  We will provide garbage bags and rubber gloves, and have two sets of pick-up tongs that can be used, but please bring any additional supplies of your own as well. Dress accordingly for the weather as this is an outdoor event.

Meeting Location: The Dock, 200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr. (restaurant is right on beach and hard to miss)

Meeting Date and Time: Saturday October 22nd, 1:00 to 3:00PM

Register using this link on the Alliance’s website and send a quick email to Mike McMillan at so he has a sense of who is coming. Colleagues, friends, partners, and children are welcome to join us.

To find out more about the Alliance Of The Great Lakes and their mission, please visit this link.

Mark your calendars now – we hope to see you out there!

Community Service Committee

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September 2022 Business Meeting

Registration is now open for our September 22, 2022 business meeting. Please see your email or reach out to Mike McMillan or Clare Willis for the registration link.

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: CALL welcomes Canadian author and barrister Daniel Scanlan, who will share insight into the Canadian legal system. He will also describe his experiences writing his first novel, cybercrime thriller The Hacker. Daniel Scanlan is a lawyer who has practiced extensively in the areas of cybercrime, digital evidence, wiretap, smuggling, and money laundering. He wrote the non-fiction Digital Evidence in Criminal Law and was a contributing author to The Lawyer’s Guide to the Forensic Sciences, winner of the Walter Owen Book Prize. He lives on Vancouver Island and enjoys ocean kayaking and hiking. When not outdoors, he is reading and will read almost anything, except books about lawyers. The Hacker is his first novel.

Community Service:  In conjunction with the September Business Meeting, the Community Service Committee encourages CALL members to make a monetary donation to SitStayRead, a Chicago-based non-profit working to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers. Alternatively, SitStayRead, publishes their own line of inclusive books for early readers and all proceeds from the sale of these books goes directly back to supporting SitStayRead and literacy education.

To make a donation:

To purchase a book from SitStayRead:

Community Service is also setting up a day in late September/early October through the Alliance for the Great Lakes to clean up Montrose Beach. More details forthcoming.

Door Prizes: Two gift cards will be raffled during the meeting courtesy of LexisNexis.

Registration ends September 19th.
Note: You will have to log into Neon to register for the meeting. Enter “Not sure if you have an account or you forgot your login information?” to recover your account and reset your password. If you do not receive a password recovery email, please check your spam filter.

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75th Anniversary Celebration at the Columbia Yacht Club

CALL will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Thursday, June 23 at the Columbia Yacht Club (111 N. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Get ready to enjoy the company of your favorite CALL friends you haven’t seen in forever and a view of the lake and the skyline from a gorgeous covered outdoor space!

If you opt to be dropped off, be on the lookout for someone holding a bunch of balloons right where your ride can let you out.

Parking and transit information follows:

By Car-Parking Information

Public parking is available in the DuSable harbor parking lot located just north of Columbia, under Lake Shore Drive. The cost is $18 for 2-6 hours. Directions are here. If you have the SpotHero app and you want to save a few dollars you can try Field Harbor parking which is located off lower lower Randolph and can be tricky to find. It is across from the auto pound. The website with directions is here. There is also metered parking on lower lower Randolph.


There are three levels of Randolph St in Chicago. Columbia Yacht club is on the intermediate level. There is a turnaround just East of (and below) Lake Shore Drive. That is where you want to be dropped off and picked up. If you are approaching Columbia on Randolph St. do not go to the upper level of Randolph; that does not go to the lakefront.


The No. 60 Blue Island/26th bus goes through the loop on Washington and ends at Harbor Drive and Upper Randolph. There are stairs just north of the bus stop that go down to Du Sable Harbor parking lot. There is a walkway through the parking lot that ends at the lakefront. Columbia Yacht Club will be on your right (south). It’s about a 15 minute walk from the bus stop to Columbia.


If you decide to ride, there is a DIVVY bike station at the north end of DuSable harbor, just north of Columbia.

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