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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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OWBF Leadership Luncheon

The OWBF Leadership Luncheon will be held on September 15, 2016 at The Bluestone, located at 583 East Broad Street, Columbus.  Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. The program will run from noon- 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Leadership Luncheon is to celebrate women and leadership by honoring a leader in the legal profession and community with our Leading the Way Award. 
This award honors leaders and highlights the achievements of women who have gone above and beyond as trailblazers in the legal profession.

We will also celebrate the 2015-16 Leadership Institute graduating class and introduce the incoming class for 2016- 17.

Sponsorship opportunities are availalbe for this event. Details can be found here.

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