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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on May 6, 2021

As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander history this month, let’s celebrate the first female Asian American who became a lawyer in the United States in June of 1937: Elizabeth Kuma Ohi. A Japanese American and Chicago native, Ohi was born on February 9, 1911. She graduated valedictorian from Pullman Free School of Manual Training and attended local universities in Chicago. She earned her law degree from John Marshall Law School, where she graduated first out of a class of 41 students.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Apr 29, 2021

Our longest serving executive director, Elaine Lawrence, retires tomorrow, April 30, 2021. Elaine has been our “servant leader”, her preferred title, since 2011.  We are deeply grateful for Elaine, who has been the rock of our organization for the last decade. I count it among my blessings that I’ve had the  opportunity to work with her and benefit from the tremendous asset of her leadership during my presidency of Lawyers Club. 

Posted by: Bridget Grimes on Apr 27, 2021

It’s April - a great time to spend a little time taking care of you and your financial health. This is the perfect time to make sure you are on track with investing for the year. Here are some guideposts to help you chart your course for the year:

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Apr 22, 2021

United States Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day on April 22, 1970, when twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities to fight for environmental protection. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated to honor our planet and the fight for a clean environment for all. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Apr 15, 2021

During our childhood years we learn about history and may find ourselves wondering what it must have been like to live through the history we have learned, how we may have behaved, and the choices we would have made. While we cannot travel back in time to find the answers, we can be present now and be part of the history that is our shared lived experiences. Our participation is dependent on our choice to engage in the history that future generations will read about. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Apr 8, 2021

Let us reflect on our own freedom to be or not to be a women’s rights activist.

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Apr 1, 2021

Yesterday, we held our annual Speed Mentoring event virtually once again with a pivot to the Remo platform, instead of via Zoom and phone calls like we did last year. Hard to believe that a year ago Lawyers Club pivoted to a virtual format six days after the State’s COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, without realizing then that we would come back full circle and do it again for a second year. Yet, the difference between last year and this year could not be more clear – this  year, we truly can see the light at the end of the tunnel whereas last year – we were in shock, disbelief, worried, and uncertain. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Mar 25, 2021

Yesterday we held an Equal Pay Rally to raise awareness that the average woman finally earned the same dollar men earned by December 31, 2020—in other words the average woman had to work 15 months for the same dollar men earned in just 12 months. A breakdown by ethnicity reveals that March 24 does not capture a diverse group of women. Asian American women, the first women to earn the dollar, did so on March 9 after working 15 months—African American women will work 20 months, Native American women will work 21 months and Latinx women will work 22 months. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Mar 18, 2021

Lawyers Club is deeply concerned and saddened by the killings in Atlanta, Georgia. We stand in solidarity with all women and Asian communities to denounce all violence based on gender and race. This past Tuesday, March 16, eight people were killed in Atlanta, seven were women. Six of the seven women were of Asian descent and one was Caucasian. While authorities are determining if the killings are hate crimes, one cannot ignore the common elements of gender and race—especially in a time where “nearly 3,800 hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans have been reported in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since last March”. 

Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Mar 11, 2021

Unlike years past, it seems all people were aware of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021. The annual celebration was met this year with a heightened awareness of the value women, past and present, have contributed to society. Even the little people knew it was a special day.


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