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  • 03 Jan 2013 3:38 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) starts her tenure in the Senate, where she stays in office until 1973; the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate as she previously served in the House (R-Maine, 1940-1949). To read more about Margaret Chase Smith click here.
  • 21 Dec 2012 12:56 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Gov. John R. Kasich appointed Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Judith L. French to the Ohio Supreme Court on December 20. Her appointment becomes effective on January 1, 2013. Read more.
  • 20 Dec 2012 8:05 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Ohio. These attorneys are selected via peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Those Ohio lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the nomination, research and peer review process are further recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers Top Lists. Read more
  • 17 Dec 2012 8:16 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Dina Tantra is Managing Director and General Counsel for Beacon Hill Fund Services, a provider of compliance, finance and regulatory outsourcing services to the financial services industry over the past five years.   Beacon Hill is wholly-owned by Diamond Hill Investment Group (DHIL), a publicly traded asset management company based in Columbus, Ohio. 

    In 2011, Dina led an initiative at Beacon Hill to create Advisers Investment Trust, a proprietary mutual fund complex which would enable Beacon Hill’s investment adviser clients a platform to offer their advisory services to the U.S. market.  After recent management changes at Beacon Hill in 2012, Dina was elected as President and appointed to the Board of Trustees of Advisers Investment Trust, which has grown to nearly $250M in assets under management within the past year. “We are excited about the rapid growth of Advisers Investment Trust as Beacon Hill believes this will be its flagship offering over the next five years.  We are targeting investment advisers around the global who provide advisory services to institutions and high net worth investors and are now seeking to expand their target market to the U.S.” explained Dina.

    Dina will wear multiple hats going forward.  As General Counsel, she remains responsible for all legal and governance functions of Beacon Hill.  With her new responsibilities, she steps into an executive role driving strategic direction and day-to-day business decisions of Advisers Investment Trust.

    Dina is an active OWBA member. She recently planned a session of the OWBF Leadership Institute.
  • 14 Dec 2012 11:16 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Today in history, December 14, 1961, the President's Commission on the Status of Women was established to investigate questions regarding women’s equality in education, in the workplace, and under the law. Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the commission until her death in 1962. Read more
  • 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

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