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OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference Featuring President of the American Bar Association as Keynote Inspires and Enlightens Members and Friends

The Ohio Women’s Bar Association and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation brought together hundreds of women in the legal profession on May 18-19 for the 25th Anniversary of their Annual Meeting. The 2016 Annual Conference featured a variety of enriching CLE sessions, a reception honoring women in government and the Annual Meeting Luncheon. During the luncheon, new board members for OWBA and OWBF were inducted, the Leadership Institute graduates were recognized, and awards were distributed to both deserving individuals and organizations. The highlight of the Luncheon was the Keynote Address given by the current President of the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown, who spoke to the audience with empowering words on bettering the diversity and inclusiveness of the legal profession.

The Annual Meeting began on Wednesday, May 18 with the opening CLE session entitled: Judicial Panel: A View from the Bench. Sponsored by Thacker Robinson Zinz LPA, the Judicial Panel was moderated by Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Panelists included:

  • Judge Mary DeGenaro, Seventh District Court of Appeals
  • Judge Benita Y. Pearson, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio 
  • Judge Marie Hoover, Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals
  • Judge Paul M. Herbert, Franklin Municipal Court

Among many of the insights imparted by the panelists, Judge Herbert shared with the CLE participants the details of the CATCH Court over which he presides in Franklin County. The CATCH program intends to address the rampant issue of human trafficking in Ohio by reclassifying solicitation defendants as victims in need of help.

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2017 Leadership Institute
Applications Being Accepted

Are you looking to improve your leadership skills while also earning between 20-24 CLE credit hours? Do you want to learn from leaders in the legal and business field? Why not consider applying for the OWBF Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute is a program of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation. It was created by top women leaders in Ohio to assist women lawyers in developing their leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is very proud of the notable women leaders serving on our Advisory Committee.

Why a Leadership Institute for Women?
Oftentimes, law firms and corporations do not invest money in leadership training for attorneys. Even if the firm or corporation does provide leadership training, such training is unlikely to focus on the particular challenges that women face on their career path. The Leadership Institute is designed to lend a hand and to help women who are emerging leaders with practical knowledge and strategies on business development so as to attain significant leadership roles.

Our Mission
The mission of the Leadership Institute is to advance inclusiveness within the legal profession and supplement the professional skills of women lawyers by enhancing their leadership, business development, and communication skills for the benefit of the diverse communities in which they work, live, and serve.

The Program
You will receive between 20-24 hours of CLE credit (pending). All sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be held in Central Ohio. For the convenience of those applying, below are the dates of the sessions. Candidates are required to attend all sessions.

September 16 - Session 1
October 14 - Session 2
November 11 - Session 3
January 13 - Session 4
February 10 - Session 5
March 10 - Session 6

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