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The OWBA is requesting nominations for their 2017 Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on May 12, 2017.  Click here for more information.

  Celebrating Women in the Law Event to Honor Founders' Award Recipient Yvette McGee Brown 

We are pleased to announce our rebranded “Celebrating Women in the Law” event previously known as the Founders’ Gala. At this time, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and Ohio Woman’s Bar Foundation  will join together to honor Yvette McGee Brown with the prestigious biennial Founders’ Award.  Ms. McGee Brown, former Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, is currently a Partner with Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio and a longtime friend of the OWBA.  

The Founders' Award is OWBA's highest recognition for professional excellence. Established in 1998, the first recipient of the award was one of OWBA founders, Justice Alice Robie Resnick.  The Founders' Award is presented to an outstanding OWBA member who has contributed to the OWBA and the legal profession, has rendered services to improve the administration of justice, and has helped pave the way for women in the legal profession. In addition, the award acknowledges the recipient's willingness to give back to the legal community, as well as the general public, while demonstrating professional excellence. 

Yvette McGee Brown served as the 153rd Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio and as a Judge on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court for nearly a decade. She brings a unique combination of judicial, legal, and corporate experience to her practice. She has served as a corporate director for M/I Homes, Motorist Insurance, Glimcher Realty Trust, and Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio. 

Yvette has represented clients on constitutional issues, corporate investigations, employment litigation, and government regulatory matters and frequently advises clients on appellate matters in state and federal court. Her clients include Fortune 100 companies and local government. 



OWBA to Welcome Starbucks General Counsel and NiSource Chief Legal Officer at Annual Meeting and Conference


The Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA) and Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (OWBF) are proud to announce that Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Starbucks, and Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc., will serve as keynote speakers for the 2017 OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference Meeting on May 11-12, 2017.

Ms. Hightman will deliver the Conference kick-off address on May 11, “A View from the Top: Lessons in Leadership.” Ms. Helm will deliver the Conference luncheon address on May 12 during the OWBA/OWBF luncheon.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome two Fortune 500 General Counsels who have shattered glass ceilings. This year’s conference theme, Critical Conversations and Courageous Leadership, will tackle some of the most significant issues facing the legal profession, including the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of leadership,” said Lisa M. Kathumbi, OWBA President–Elect and Partner with the law firm of Bricker & Eckler.

In addition to Hightman and Helm, the conference will include perspectives from not only local lawyers and judges, but from business and community leaders, such us Barb Smoot, President & CEO, Women for Economic and Leadership Development (“WELD”), and Don Casey, CEO - Medical Segment, Cardinal Health. “Our goal is to share diverse ideas, develop strategies and increase collaboration,” noted Kathumbi. 

The OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference will span two days with CLE sessions on both days. Some of the course offerings include:

  • A View from the Bench: Past, Present and Future
  • The Art of Communication: Negotiating Salary and Promotion and Retaining Top Talent
  • General Counsels Speak: Top Legal Priorities for 2017 and Beyond
  • Reaping the Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion: The Business and Economic Return.

The OWBA will also host networking receptions on both days, including the annual Honoring Women in Government Reception. 

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