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  • 10 Dec 2012 8:33 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Central Ohio’s new women attorneys started their day off right at the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s (OWBA) “Coffee & Conversations Meet & Greet for Central Ohio's New Women Attorneys” on December 4, 2012. With coffee and pastries, new women attorneys mingled and got to know each other as well as local practitioners while engaging in an informal discussion about job hunting tips, interview advice, and networking. Panelists Michelle Proia Roe, general counsel--Americas and secretary of Mettler Toledo LLC and OWBA president, Desiree Blankenship, chief legal counsel of the Ohio Department of Commerce, and Sherri Lazear, partner at Baker Hostetler LLP instilled the new women attorneys with advise and wisdom on the importance of networking, dos and don’ts of resume and cover-letter writing, thank you letters, professional references, LinkedIn, what will make or break an interview, and the importance of keeping an open mind during the job hunt. The new woman attorneys asked many great questions such as how to explain employment gaps in a resume and what not to ask during an interview which were also answered by local practitioners Nita Hanson, associate at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and Valoria Hoover, partner at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL. Thanks to the panelists and local practitioners, the new women attorneys walked away with not only great new contacts, but also the tips and tools necessary to take the job market by storm.

    Jane Brener is an attorney in Columbus, Ohio and was recently admitted to the Ohio bar. Jane graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is currently working as a contract attorney at Carpenter, Lipps, and Leland LLP.
  • 28 Nov 2012 3:41 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted continuing legal education (CLE) changes that will double the number of online credit hours attorneys could earn, allow attorneys to earn a portion of their CLE hours by engaging in approved pro bono activities, and eliminate the requirement to file final reporting transcripts. The changes will go into effect on January 1, 2014. Read more.
  • 09 Nov 2012 8:22 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Last night OWBA members volunteered for a couple of hours at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio. Members built, sanded and painted tables. The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides free furniture to area families struggling through severe life challenges. Volunteers help support this mission by making furniture in the facility’s workshop. In 2012 Furniture Bank volunteers will make over 6,000 pieces of furniture, accounting for about 10% of the total items distributed to families. Click here to learn more about the Furniture Bank.

  • 09 Nov 2012 8:12 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Years ago, as a novice representative from California, Nancy Pelosi sat quietly at many a caucus meeting while her colleagues discussed how they were going to bring peace to the Middle East and a chicken to every pot. Read more
  • 23 Oct 2012 8:08 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    As a committed proponent of mediation, Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge Kathleen O’Malley encouraged families to work together to settle disputes since January 1, 1999 when she joined the court. Judge O’Malley, 58, died over the weekend. Read more
  • 15 Oct 2012 2:32 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    OWBA District 9 Trustee and OWBF Leadership Institute graduate Magistrate Sharon Dennis has been named the community service recipient of the Achieving Dreams Celebration.

    Project GRAD Akron will host its Sixth Achieving Dreams Celebration on Thursday, November 1, 2012.  The event will be held at St. George’s Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio  44333.  At the event, the organization will award selected alumni of Buchtel High School with the following awards: Young Alumni, Community Service, Distinguished Service to Humanity, Lifetime Achievement, and Buchtel Memorial Award. The purpose of the awards is to recognize graduates of Buchtel High School, whose achievements, strength of character, and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge today’s youth.
  • 18 Sep 2012 2:50 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Judith L. French will join a 32-member group charged with conducting a detailed review of the current provisions of the Ohio Constitution, identifying perceived problem areas, and submitting a report by the end of 2012 proposing specific amendments for consideration by the General Assembly. The 12 legislative commission members were appointed last year. Read more
  • 18 Sep 2012 9:31 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    (Columbus, Ohio) – The Ohio Women’s Bar Association announced today its ratings for the Supreme Court of Ohio judicial candidates:

    Candidate & Rating:
    Robert Cupp: Excellent
    Yvette McGee Brown: Excellent
    Terrence O’Donnell: Excellent
    Michael Skindell: Good
    Sharon Kennedy: Adequate
    William O’Neill: Adequate

    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s (“OWBA”) Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee reviewed the candidate-submitted questionnaires, conducted their own research and investigation and interviewed the candidates each for over an hour on issues relating to the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community involvement and understanding.

    “These ratings are intended to educate voters as they cast their vote for Ohio Supreme Court candidates,” states Michelle Proia Roe, President of the OWBA. As provided in its Governing Rules, the purpose of the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee is to promote the free exchange of ideas concerning the qualifications of candidates for the offices of Chief Justice and Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio; to evaluate the fitness for judicial office of persons aspiring to such office; and to educate members of the bar and members of the public at large with respect to judicial candidates. 

    It is the second time in the 21-year history of the OWBA that the organization has independently issued ratings for Supreme Court of Ohio candidates.  The OWBA released ratings also during the 2010 election period.  "The OWBA's responsibility to provide an objective evaluation of the candidates is critical in helping to educate the public regarding qualified candidates,” states Michelle Proia Roe. 

    About the Ratings
    "Excellent" means that the candidate is outstanding based on the criteria and is a superior choice for the office.  "Good" means that the candidate substantially meets the criteria and is well-qualified for the office. "Adequate" means the candidate meets the criteria passably or, alternatively, fails to satisfy one or more of them. "Not Recommended" means the candidate does not meet the criteria, lacking the minimal qualifications for judicial office.

    About the Committee and Board of Trustees
    The Committee is comprised of members from across the state, including a member from each of the five OWBA geographic regions. In addition, 75 percent of the 12 appellate districts had at least one Committee member. The OWBA Board of Trustees, which approved the ratings, is made up of the Executive Committee, 12 Trustees from the appellate districts and five at-large Trustees.
  • 10 Sep 2012 11:25 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    With the November elections around the corner, it is time again to visit is a valuable website which provides ratings for the Cuyahoga County judicial candidates, as well as the Ohio Supreme Court candidates.  The ratings are determined by an organization known as the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition or “JCRC.”  JCRC consists of committees from the OWBA, the Norman Minor Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  The JCRC ratings for the November general election are now complete and easily accessed at
    In addition, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association has a separate committee known as the Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee.  This committee consists of members throughout the state who meet to interview the Supreme Court candidates. The OWBA is in the process of completing their evaluation of the Supreme Court candidates.  The ratings will be posted on the website by the end of the month.

    The evaluation process by both the JCRC and the OWBA Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee is confidential, nonpartisan, and independent.  The candidates are evaluated based on the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence, community involvement and understanding.  Overall, the evaluation seeks to determine whether the candidate will be a competent, fair and trustworthy judge.  The evaluations include a questionnaire which provides information regarding the candidates’ background, legal experience and motivation for becoming a judge.  In addition, the candidates provide writing samples and references.  Armed with this information, the committees conduct a thorough interview of each candidate and provide a rating of “excellent,” “good,” “adequate,”  “not recommended,” or “refused to participate”.

    Conducting the interviews and establishing the ratings is only the beginning.  The challenge of the JCRC and is to get the information to the public.  You are strongly encouraged to visit the website.  A grid is available on the website with the ratings from each of the bar associations.  Please view the website and circulate the ratings to your friends, families and colleagues.  Unless the information is disseminated, the process does not serve its ultimate purpose – to end the guessing game in judicial elections.

    In addition, all OWBA members are encouraged to participate in either the Judicial Selection Committee or the Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee.  In fact, we are looking for new members of the Judicial Selection Committee here in Cuyahoga County.  If you are interested in this valuable process, please contact Elizabeth Krile at the Ohio Women’s Bar Association or Christine Santoni –

    Christine Santoni is a partner at Reminger Co., L.P.A. in Cleveland.  She currently serves as vice-chair of the OWBA Judicial Selection Committee.  Her practice areas include employment practices, professional liability, medical malpractice, and probate litigation.

  • 31 Aug 2012 8:43 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    In 1988, Punch magazine published a cartoon by Rianna Duncan, showing a meeting around a big boardroom table. All of the participants, save one, were men. The chairman of the board (and it is chairman) is shown as saying, “That’s an excellent suggestion, Miss Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.” Read more

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