Diversity & Inclusion
Cha’yra is an active member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association (BWLA), the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the nation’s oldest Jewish bar association. The organization is dedicated to promote societal justice and to improve the administration of justice and the legal profession. Cha’yra also serves as a mentor in the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP). DAPP is an intensive, year-long program designed to prepare diverse, first-year law students in the greater Chicago area for career-building summer internships at large law firms or other prestigious legal institutions during the summer after their 1L year.
Cha’yra was a summer associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath, when she drafted documents and conducted research for multiple practice groups, including product liability.
At the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she organized and assisted the Intensive Trial Practice courses, Client Counseling Competition, and the World Mediation Congress and Tournament.
Prior to the law, Cha’yra was a teacher at the Herzl School of Excellence in Chicago, where she taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade math, writing and social studies. She prepared and implemented differentiated instruction based on EngageNY curriculum and Rausch Unit (RIT) bands, conducted mock trials and Socratic seminars, and served as the head dance coach.
Legal and Judicial Internships
During law school, Cha’yra served as a legal extern to the Hon. Mary L. Mikva at the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, First Division. She drafted an appellate opinion on sufficiency of the evidence and legal memoranda on tort claims, as well as conducted legal research and analyzed Illinois statutes and related case law.
Prior to law school, Cha’yra served as a legal intern to Karen Freeman-Wilson, former Indiana attorney general who later became mayor of Gary, Indiana. She drafted legal memoranda on local constituent matters, as well as interfaced with clients and attended conferences such as the Rainbow Push Coalition. Cha’yra also served as an executive assistant to Mayor Wilson. She organized and led the city’s first National Night Out community event. She also organized and hosted a city walkthrough for the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Mayor Wilson.
In her spare time, Cha’yra practices taekwondo and dance. She was a national collegiate champion in each of her four years at Princeton. She continues to volunteer as a dance coach at Herzl School of Excellence. Cha’yra is committed to mentoring diverse youth and volunteers her time to several pro bono initiatives, including Lawyers in the Classroom, a program aimed at developing critical thinking and oral advocacy skills in public school students.