President’s Message

The CALL Bylaws clearly state:

2(b) For the Winter edition of the CALL Bulletin, the President’s Letter must begin with a quip about: 

    1. staying warm
    2. shoveling
    3. slush season
    4. hibernating
    5. “dibs”

Editor’s and Revisers’ Notes

Amended to remove “[Bears Super Bowl Champions]” (February 5, 2007)

As you can see, our unChicagoly mild winter has really put me in a bind here. So, I guess…dibs on telling you about what’s been going on with CALL lately? 

Our Continuing Education Committee continues to provide us with engaging content, most recently in the form of our January event titled “Demystifying the American Bar Association Policy Process: How Can ABA Policy Help You?” The event featured Skip Harsch, Director of the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, who discussed recent ABA resolutions and policies related to, among other things, diversity and inclusion.

CALL hosted another Continuing Education event in December where members were informed about the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act in Illinois. Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz spoke to CALL members about the process of getting the bill passed, and what the implementation of the Act will mean for the future of education in Illinois.

In Community Service news, CALL members once again gathered for a day of service at the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Saturday, January 21. And while this President was not able to attend the event this year, I have no doubt that not a single piece of unripe or bruised produce escaped the watchful eyes of our members. 

We have a number of exciting events on the horizon for CALL members to look forward to. On March 11 at 1:30pm, CALL members (and their children age 5 and older) will have the opportunity to help pack up items for Cradles to Crayons. They provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

CALL will also be hosting a “Happy Hour” event at Beatrix (155 N. Wacker Dr.) on Tuesday, March 21. As we all know, opportunities to get together with our colleagues have been few and far between these past few years, so if you are lucky enough to be working on-site downtown, consider coming out for some laughs with old friends.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at our upcoming (virtual) Business meeting on Thursday, February 23. We are thrilled to be joined by the Hon. Edmond E. Chang, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Judge Chang is the first Asian-Pacific American Article III federal judge in Illinois. As always, we hope you all can make it.

Finally, a reminder that The CALL Nominations and Elections Committee recently announced the slate of candidates for the election of the Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 CALL year. This year, we will be voting for incoming Vice President/President-Elect, Director, and Secretary. Thank you to our wonderful slate of candidates for volunteering to serve. I urge all members to review the candidate’s statements that are available on the CALL website and cast your ballots.

2023 is off to a great start, and I look forward to all that’s to come in the year ahead. Thanks for all you do, CALL members!

Note: This letter was generated using ChatGPT. Just kidding (or am I?).