Congresswoman Cheri Bustos: Silenced No More: Survivors Speak (10/12/22)
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The CBA welcomes Congresswomen Cheri Bustos (IL-17) (appearing in person), Laurel Bellows (appearing in person) and Gretchen Carlson (appearing virtually) for, “Silenced No More: Survivors Speak,” a discussion about the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act that was signed into law on March 3, 2022 by President Joe Biden. As a result of this Act, individuals may no longer be forced to arbitrate claims of sexual assault and harassment. The panelists will explain what this new law means, how it protects individuals who experience sexual assault and harassment and how the law will be enforced. The presentation will be followed by a Meet-n-Greet with Congresswoman Bustos and Laurel Bellows.
Congresswomen Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Representative Cheri Bustos is a Democratic member of House Leadership serving the hard-working families in Illinois 17th Congressional District. As a working mom who raised three sons, advocating for women and families is a significant part of the Congresswoman's life and career. As a champion to end forced arbitration, Congresswoman Bustos was proud to see her bill, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, be signed into law earlier this year.
Laurel Bellows is an experienced business lawyer, counseling and litigating on behalf of senior executives and corporations on employment matters, employment and severance agreements, executive compensation, and workplace disputes. Ms. Bellows is past president of the nearly 400,000 member American Bar Association and past president of The Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Bellows is president of the International Women’s Forum Chicago. Her law firm offers strategic business counseling and litigation services to entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes, including large corporations. Ms. Bellows is an internationally recognized business lawyer, counseling senior executives and corporations on executive employment and severance agreements, workplace disputes, business conduct standards, anti-trafficking, risk assessment, supply chain and recruiting policies and cybersecurity. She serves on Minister Gordon Brown’s Global Citizenship Commission to update the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
Gretchen Carlson (appearing virtually)
Gretchen Carlson is a journalist, author, television personality, and co-founder of the non-profit, Lift Our Voices. She previously appeared as the host of numerous television programs, including CBS’s The Early Show, Fox & Friends, and The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. An internationally recognized advocate for women’s rights, Carlson’s bold actions against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes was a watershed moment in the global #MeToo movement. Carlson was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Be Fierce” and “Getting Real.” Carlson is an honors graduate of Stanford University and studied at Oxford University.
Moderator: Kathryn Liss, Assistant Dean and Director of Law Career Services and the Executive Director of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul University College of Law
This program is co-sponsored by the CBA's Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Harassment, Alliance For Women, Civics Committee, Labor & Employment Committee and D.I.C.E Committee.
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