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  • 19 Jan 2012 3:24 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women's Bar Association officially launched its mentoring program. The OWBA Law School Mentor Program matches women attorneys with women law school students from Ohio law schools. Mentors are drawn statewide from the OWBA membership.

    The goals and objectives are to continue OWBA’s mission of promoting the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, local bar associations, business and the community.

    For more information, click here.

  • 03 Jan 2012 8:14 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Fourteen municipal court judges and three common pleas court judges across the state will retire. They are:
    •     Ashland Judge Jacob M. Fridline
    •     Barberton Judge Greg Macko
    •     Bellefontaine Judge John L. Ross
    •     Bellevue Judge Kenneth P. Fox
    •     Chardon Judge Mark J. Hassett
    •     Chillicothe Judge Thomas E. Bunch
    •     Fostoria Judge John D. Hadacek
    •     Fremont Judge Michael L. Burkett
    •     Girard Judge Michael A. Bernard
    •     Miamisburg Judge Robert E. Messham Jr.
    •     New Philadelphia Judge Mary Wade Space
    •     South Euclid Judge Patricia Ann Kleri
    •     Toledo Judge Francis X. Gorman
    •     Willoughby Judge Larry Allen
    •     Pike County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Jerry D. Catanzaro
    •     Scioto County Domestic Relations Court Judge David E. Spears
    •     Van Wert County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Rex D. Fortney
    Read more
  • 16 Dec 2011 9:27 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Attorney Deborah Read will join a distinguished group as one of just 10 women heading the nation’s largest law firms.

    The Plain Dealer reports that Read, 54, will take over as managing partner of Cleveland-based Thompson Hine next May. She will succeed David Hooker, 61, who’ll remain a partner at the firm with 363 lawyers and seven offices, including one in Columbus. Read more
  • 15 Dec 2011 11:27 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Deborah J. Michelson was recently appointed as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law teaching trial tactics to third year law students.

    Michelson is partner at Miller Goler Faeges. She focuses her practice on business and complex commercial litigation, representing publicly traded companies, small businesses, and individuals in matters involving intellectual property rights, business torts, securities fraud, employment discrimination and retaliation, breaches of contract, commercial real estate, business "break-ups" and wind-downs, breaches of fiduciary duty, insurance coverage, estate and probate disputes, corporate governance, executive compensation, and ERISA-related issues.
  • 15 Dec 2011 9:59 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Sometimes, attending evening events in December can be a hassle.  You have holiday gifts to buy, you face the stress of entertaining and year-end deadlines increase work pressures.  An outing can pleasantly surprise you and that is just what happened to me at Middle West Spirits on December 1, 2011.  Under the Leadership of Attorney Delilah Nunez and her OWBA event committee, Diana Hawkins, Britani Galloway and Mary Nienaber, we were welcomed to Middle West Spirits for an innovative networking experience.  Middle West Ohio is Ohio’s first micro-distillery, and we quickly learned that micro-distilleries make beverages other than beer.  Middle West Spirits sources all of its ingredients from Ohio farms, and its brand name, OYO® (“O-WHY-0"), comes from the original name given to the Ohio River Valley.  Approximately 30 women attended and enjoyed the informative tour led by the charismatic owners of the distillery, Brady Konye and Ryan Lange.  Their site is located near the Short North on Courtland Avenue.  You can find their products in local stores, as well as at many restaurants in the region.  They can accommodate tours of up to 40 people, as long as everyone is over 21 years old.

    On the night of the event, Bleu & Fig provided the delicious appetizers.  Following the tour, we taste tested the OYO® brand of vodkas, namely the Stone Fruit and Honey Vanilla Bean flavored spirits.  They also make a whiskey that you need to order weeks in advance since they sell out so quickly.  We compared the taste of these vodkas to the famous national brand, Grey Goose® and were impressed with what the OYO® brand delivered.  We then had the pleasure of hearing The Columbus Dispatch’s Robin Davis teach us about impromptu holiday entertaining.  Ms. Davis is a former assistant editor of Bon Appetit magazine, a favorite of foodies across the country, and has been the Food Editor of the Dispatch for a decade.  She taught us how your serving ware at parties can create a lasting impression, from the pitchers you use to serve holiday cocktails to the platters on which you display your appetizers or other food selections.  She suggested something as simple as serving M&Ms® in a fancy crystal glass bowl, to serving drinks out of a tall and stately pewter pitcher.  She also gave us permission to cater many of the food items at our party – and to even put the food on our own serving dishes!  She noted that guests will be impressed if you buy from local food artisans, such as providing cupcakes for dessert from Bakery Gingham or creating a cheese platter with the help of the experts at Curds & Whey in the North Market.  Most importantly, she reminded us that the host must enjoy the party.  Quite simply, if the host is stressed, the guests are stressed.

    I left the event feeling energized – by the fact that we have such great local businesses in Columbus and by the positive turn-out at this unique event.  I even left with good ideas for holiday gift-giving and came away with some neat holiday entertaining tricks.  At my recent holiday dinner party, my guests loved the green and red M&Ms® I displayed on my mom’s crystal platter, and I proudly served a Kroger’s Red Velvet cake on a stunning red cake plate.  The Santa swizzle sticks in my signature holiday cocktail (served with OYO® vodka of course, diet cranberry juice and some secret ingredients) delighted guests and set the mood for a stress-free night away from the December shopping mall crowds.  I even actually enjoyed myself too!

    This event would not have been possible without the generous sponsorships of Benesch, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Nationwide, Khasawneh & Associates, Capital Style, Robert Bracco & Associates and Middle West Spirits.  We even had some male guests sneak in the back during the event, which is a good reminder that many of our events are open to our male colleagues.  The more the merrier!  I also urge you to “like” Middle West Spirits on Facebook® to encourage these amazing Columbus entrepreneurs to keep up the good work and to continue to source from our own backyard.  We hope to see you at an event in 2012! 

    Michelle Proia is the President-Elect of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.

  • 14 Dec 2011 9:13 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Nita Hanson has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 G.O.L.D. Award which will be presented at the Alumni Recognition Luncheon on Friday, May 4, 2012.  The alumni award is described as:

    Awarded annually to a Capital University Law School JD “Graduate of the Last Decade” who has made significant achievements in his/her occupation and has made notable contributions to the legal profession and/or the Law School.

    The Ohio Women's Bar Association congratulates Nita Hanson.

  • 30 Nov 2011 9:41 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce that Amanda Gatti has joined the Firm as an associate.

    Gatti focuses her practice in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability, General Liability and Intellectual Property. She has experience handling all aspects of litigation, including pleadings, motion practice, discovery, trial preparation and trial. As a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Amanda was a member of the Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team. She also served as a judicial extern for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and Parma Municipal Court. Gatti is also a member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.
  • 30 Nov 2011 9:37 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Annette G. Butler will become the newest judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bench when she takes office on Dec. 12 after her appointment today. Read more
  • 29 Nov 2011 8:09 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Reminger Co., LPA is proud to announce that attorney Lisa House has been appointed to the Heinzerling Foundation Board of Trustees. The mission of the Heinzerling Foundation is to provide a loving and nurturing environment that enriches the development, education and quality of life of individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities.

    House joined Reminger with prior experience as a hematology/oncology nurse. Since joining the firm, Lisa has concentrated her legal practice in the areas of medical negligence, commercial premises, general casualty insurance, nursing home and extended care liability, and professional liability. Lisa is a member of the 2005-2006 Honors Edition of the 'United Who's Who Executive and National Registry' and has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. House is also Past President of the Ohio Women's Bar Association (2009-2010).
  • 23 Nov 2011 1:07 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police following her arrest in 1955 for refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger.The four women Justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio will take part in a panel discussion next Wednesday night honoring Rosa Parks and the road she paved for women and minorities.

    Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Justices Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Judith Ann Lanzinger and Yvette McGee Brown will appear on a statewide tribute to the civil rights pioneer called “The Power of One” at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30. The event will be broadcast live on WBNS-10TV and simulcast on ONN.

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