In an effort to address the unique interests of women in the public sector, the OWBA established the Government Subcommittee (“GS”). Aggressively being spearheaded under new leadership since 2015, the Government Subcommittee seeks to promote advancement and leadership opportunities for women working in both government and government relations positions. By offering meaningful networking and educational (CLE) opportunities catered to its members, GS empowers women who seek to advance their careers in government.
GS membership is free and open to all public sector members employed by federal, state county and municipal agencies within Ohio; as well as private sector members practicing in Government Relations.
Meet Our Chairpersons:
Corinna Efkeman, The Ohio Attorney General's Office
Corinna is an Associate Assistant Attorney General in the Transportation Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where she provides litigation counsel to the Ohio Department of Transportation in eminent domain, advertising device control and aviation matters throughout the State of Ohio. Prior to her current position, Corinna served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Section, providing litigation counsel to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Before transitioning her career to civil litigation, Corinna prosecuted criminal cases in the Health Care Fraud and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Sections of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in addition to the Franklin and Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Offices. Corinna is also Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College, teaching law enforcement and paralegal students since 2000.
Renata Staff, The Ohio Attorney General's Office
Renata is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Constitutional Offices Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where she represents her statewide officeholder clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including First Amendment and other constitutional claims, election law issues, and original actions. Renata has represented clients in courts throughout Ohio, including the Ohio Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Renata also serves as an attorney in the Ohio Attorney General's Public Records Unit, where she conducts training sessions for elected officials, lawyers, and the public and represents clients in public records-related litigation.
Government Subcommittee Events:
In planning its events, GS seeks to create meaningful platforms by which judges and attorneys can connect, educate and support one another professionally. The subcommittee also prides itself in hosting events through which members can give back to students, the legal community, and community-at-large. If you are interested in serving with the Government Subcommittee please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-932-6922.
Save the Date! The 2020 Government in Action Reception (a free event) will be at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in accordance with the Annual Meeting & Conference.
Public Private Sectors Connect CLE 2019
The 2019 Public-Private Sectors Connect CLE took place on Thursday, November 21, 2019 and was hosted and sponsored by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland locations. Moderated by Lindsay Ford Ellis, OhioHealth, the first panel featuring Kelley Griesmer, The Women's Fund of Central Ohio; Barb Smoot, WELD; Heather Brod, OSU College of Medicine; and Christie Angel, YWCA, discussed identifying the pay equity issue by reviewing the history and statistics of pay inequity in the legal landscape. The CLE was concluded with a panel moderated by Deb Boiarsky, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, as she led the discussion with featured panelists Meredith Rockwell, Ohio Attorney General's Office; President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council; and Daphne Kackloudis, Equitas about what organizations and cities are doing today to balance the pay scales.
The “Honoring Women in Government” Reception officially kicked off the Government Subcommittee’s creation in May 2015 featuring Key Speakers Hon. Betty Montgomery and the Hon. Judith French. Since then, this has become an annual event that is widely attended by judges and government/government-relations attorneys from across the state.
Honoring Women in Government Award Recipients
2015 – Honorable Betty Montgomery and Justice Judith French
2016 – Yvette McGee Brown
2017 – Justice Sharon L. Kennedy
2018 – The Honorable Mary DeGenaro
2019 - The Honorable Nancy Hardin Rogers