years change him for the better? Will it give me some peace? Do we need a system where punishment is swifter and harsher? Do we need better schools, healthcare,
and support systems in our less fortunate neighborhoods? I do not have the answers, but I am hoping collectively we can work to find them. We may not be able to stop
crime, but we can do better as a society to come up with solutions that will result in a safer and more just society.
Racial Justice Coalition featured at ABA Event: “Creating a Racial Justice Coalition for Systemic Change” The YLS’s Racial Justice Coalition was formed with the purpose of collaborating with leading forces in the Chicagoland legal com- munity to take action against racial injustice through service programs, educational events, and community engagement. The RJC held its first meeting via Zoom, and the initiative already has investment from25 diverse bar associations and legal advocacy groups. RJC founders Chastidy Burns and Kenneth Matuszewski, along with YLS Member Service Manager Martin Gould, were invited to speak to American Bar Association members about the creation of the Coalition, and provided tips on how other local bar associa- tions can create their own coalitions to do this important work.
UC Hastings College of the Law Wins 2020 Moot Court Competition 2020 marked the CBA’s 38th annual Moot Court Competition, and the first year of a completely virtual competi- tion! Twenty-eight teams from 17 dif- ferent schools across the country com- peted virtually for the title of CBAMoot Court Champion. This year’s winning team was from UC Hastings College of the Law, and included team members Hannah Becker, Magdalene Bedi, and Tammy Vu. Thanks to all our volunteer brief graders and oral argument judges who helped make this competition possible.
TheYoung Lawyers Sectionwould like to say THANK YOU to all the CBA members who contributed to our holiday donation drives this year! Members donated almost $7,000 in gift cards for Chicago Public School students and their families through the Dear Santa Letter program. And, 60 pieces of warm weather gear including coats, gloves, and hats, were pro- vided to local shelters through our annual coat drive. The YLS, along with Direct Effect Charities and St. Sabina Catholic Charities Social Services Center, are so grateful for your generosity.