Theodore I. Yi, Partner

Commitment to Diversity

The legal profession has changed a great deal over the last several decades, and it is more diverse than ever, although there remains some distance to go. Ted is interested in how the legal profession fits into the American ideal of multiculturalism, and he has worked hard to create opportunities for all attorneys of minority or diverse status.

For his efforts to promote diversity, Ted has been named a “Business Leader of Color” by Chicago United, which promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community’s need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

The Asian-American Bar Association (AABA) of Greater Chicago believes a professional bar association can serve not only the interests of its members but the community from which its members come. The AABA’s mission includes promoting the professional growth of its members, mentoring law students and new lawyers, providing services to the local community, fostering the exchange of ideas and information among members and community leaders, partnering with other minority organizations on common matters of concern, and offering policy recommendations on legal, social, political, and economic interests significant to the community. Ted is a current member as well as a former officer and board member.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s mission is to act as the national voice for the Asian Pacific American legal profession; promote justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans; and foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy, and community involvement. Ted is a current member as well as a former officer and board member.

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession by collaborating with its law-firm and corporate membership to drive sustainable institutional change at law firms and corporate legal departments, provide professional development, and cultivate the community of minority lawyers through programming and leadership opportunities. Ted is a former board member.

The State’s Attorney has several Community Advisory Councils that represent diverse communities within the county, including the  Asian American Council, which provides two-way communication with the State’s Attorney’s Office, on crime-related issues and concerns. Ted is a council member.