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  • 10 Dec 2010 12:12 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    During a momentous week for the Ohio judiciary, Yvette McGee Brown was sworn in as the first African- American woman justice in the 207- year history of the Supreme Court of Ohio.    Her swearing-in came after Jus- tice Maureen O'Connor took the oath of office the day before, becoming the first woman to serve as Ohio's chief justice. Governor Ted Strickland ap- pointed former judge McGee Brown to the Supreme Court in early December when the seat became open after Jus- tice O’Connor was elected as Chief Justice in November.

    Governor Strickland administered the oath of office to McGee Brown during a public swearing-in ceremony at the King Arts Complex in the Columbus neighborhood where she was raised. More than 750 people from across Ohio gathered to celebrate the historic event. McGee Brown follows former Justices Robert M. Duncan and Lloyd O. Brown as the third African-Ameri- can member of Ohio’s high court and is the eighth woman to serve on the Court. With her appointment, the Court has its third ever female majority.

    Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Ohio State Bar Association President Carmen V. Roberto, and Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals offered remarks.

    “And, with her addition, she will com- prise just the third-ever female majority on the Ohio Supreme Court in its his- tory. And, this time, we’re gonna make it stick,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “I’m happy to call her a colleague, ex- cited that such an accomplished, re- spected public servant has joined the Court, and looking forward to tackling the important work we have ahead of us in a collaborative manner with her and the other members of the Court.”

    Retired Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of- fered remarks on behalf of Ohio’s first African-American justice. Justice Robert M. Duncan was unable to attend the ceremony.

    “Justice Brown arrived at this point of her life after hammering out her thought processundefinedher legal and analyti- cal skillsundefinedon sturdy anvils that con- fronted her in her youth as a child in a single-parent home and through her subsequent achievements grounded in a mental discipline of hard work, in- tegrity, judicial experience, and deter- mination that undergirded a genuine respect for the legal system,” said Judge Jones.

    “This prepared her to search for solu- tions to the complex problems that con- front society. As she pursues her arduous duties as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Yvette McGee Brown’s colleagues, the advocates that argue their claims before its bar, and the public at large, will come to know that she, as was Justice Duncan, is a consti- tutionalist,” continued Judge Jones.

    McGee Brown said she was honored to join the Court during historic times. “I have tremendous respect for the Court and the important role it has in our democracy,” she said. “I am humbled by this opportunity and consider it a privi- lege to serve with the other distin- guished jurists on the Court.”

    A series of firsts defines the judicial ca- reer of Justice Yvette McGee Brown. Justice McGee Brown was first elected to the Franklin County Court of Com- mon Pleas, Domestic Relations and Ju- venile Division in 1992. As lead juvenile court judge, McGee Brown led the cre- ation of the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, truancy and educa- tional neglect intervention program. She served on the court until 2002, when she retired from the bench to create the Cen- ter for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She served as founding president until early 2010, when she became a candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio.

    Justice McGee Brown graduated from Ohio University in 1982 with a degree in journalism/public relations. She contin- ued her education at The Ohio State Uni- versity Moritz College of Law, earning her juris doctorate in 1985. In 2008, Jus- tice McGee Brown was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. Among her many honors, she has received the Champion of Children Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and sev- eral honors from Ohio University and The Ohio State University.

    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association salutes Justice McGee Brown for her groundbreaking work to advance the in- terests of women in and under the law. The OWBA celebrates with pride Justice McGee Brown’s success and remarkable achievements as she continues to make history in her community and in the State of Ohio.
  • 10 Nov 2010 12:17 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    It started with a speech by Justice Alice Robie Resnick, April 1991, that sparked the idea about establishing a statewide women’s bar association. Nurtured by Justice Resnick, the Hon- orable Patricia Hemann and Pamela Hagle Hultin, this spark turned into a vision and on Sept. 23, 1991, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association became a re- ality. Twenty-six women attended that first meeting. They, along with the firstclass of founding members, are hon- ored with this award.

    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association honors Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor with the Founders’ Award honoring her achievements and professional excel- lence in the legal profession.

    The Founders' Award is OWBA's high- est recognition for professional excel- lence. Established in 1998, the first recipient of the award was one of OWBA founders, Justice Alice Robie Resnick. The Founders' Award is pre- sented to an outstanding OWBA mem- ber who has contributed to the OWBA and the legal profession, has rendered services to improve the administration of justice, and has helped pave the way for women in the legal profession. In addition, the award acknowledges the recipient's willingness to give back to the legal community, as well as the general public, while demonstrating professional excellence.

    Founders’ Award Recipients:
    Justice Alice Robie Resnick (1998) Pamela N. Hultin (1999)
    Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Hemann (2000)
    Barbara J. Smith (2001) Louise P. Dempsey (2002)
    Magistrate Judge Vernelis K. Armstrong (2003)
    Sandra J. Anderson (2004)
    Mickey Rabin (2005)
    Joyce D. Edelman (2006)
    Holly Taft Sydlow and Kerin Lyn Kaminski (2007)
    Judge Mary Jane Trapp (2009)

    Sponsors for this prestigious event in- clude Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Chester Willcox & Saxbe, LLP; Mac Murray Petersen & Shuster; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.; Thacker Martinsek; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; The University of Akron School of Law; Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter; Cooper & Walinski, LPA; and Weston Hurd LLP.
  • 07 Jul 2010 10:31 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women's Bar Association President, Valoria C. Hoover, met with The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law Dean Alan Michaels. They discussed the need for leadership programs in the legal field. The Moritz College of Law established the Program on Law and Leadership in the fall of 2007. It is the umbrella for all activities related to leadership at the Moritz College of Law.

    Dean Michaels encouraged members of the OWBA to be mentors in the program,

    The recently formed Ohio Women's Bar Foundation is currently working on its own leadership academy. Its goal is to have the first inaugural class announced in the Spring on 2011.
  • 30 Jun 2010 10:37 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    In the words of Carol Williams, WCPO News Anchor, “style is a state of mind.”  One of the many things we learned at the very first Leading with Style Event in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The event was held at Below Zero Lounge, a chic, loft-style lounge in downtown Cincinnati.  The following sponsors helped make the event a huge success:  Diamond Sponsor- Fifth Third Bank; VIP Sponsor – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Ruby Sponsor – Reminger Co., L.P.A., Law firm sponsors- Mac Murray Petersen & Schuster LLP and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; OWBA Premier Sponsor – Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, PLL.

    The event was attended by professionals in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.  From head to toe, the vendors gave the perfect opportunity for each of us to make a transformation and learn about the latest fashion trends in make-up, hair styles and clothing in the professional world.  Lancôme make-up artists performed complete makeovers with a special “Sex & The City” theme. Each attendee had the opportunity to transform in to any one of the fabulous main characters of the popular series.  The artists took the time to explain each phase of the makeover from proper skin care to fabulous eye makeup.  

    Jim Broft Salon taught us quick ways to transform our look using a flat iron.  Nora Fink, fashion expert, demonstrated the fashion necessities for the working woman, to include:  the basic black dress, the trench coat, dress pants, the classic shirt, the “any occasion top,” the skirt, the day dress and the jacket.  She gave specific current trends in business fashion, to include the new style in skirt length to hit just below the knee. As she pointed out, this settles any question any of us women business professionals may have regarding “what is too short.”  Vendors supplied any added touch we desired, from handbags to perfume.

    During the VIP reception, we had the pleasure of WCPO News Anchor, Carol Williams. She pointed out that all of us women business professionals have two things in common: we are expected to look good and be good communicators. When forming our business wardrobe, she gave great advice in that we should all strive to choose clothing that will look professional and not distract from our message.  Another important pointer we could all take away from the night.  She left us with a simple quote, “Style is knowing who you are and what you want to say.”

    As the attendees left for the night one by one, a common theme was shared by us all:  A new look, a new appreciation of ourselves, and some great inspiration for our professional look and wardrobe.

    By:  Carrie Masters, Reminger Co., L.P.A.
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