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  • 19 Jul 2011 8:42 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    A new study confirms the lack of progress women are making in the city’s power structure. But signs of optimism can be seen in plans to narrow the disparity. Read more
  • 14 Jul 2011 8:42 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Governor John Kasich has appointed Ohio Department of Development's General Counsel Christiane "Chris" Schmenk as Director of the Department. Schmenk will lead the administration's efforts to reorganize the Department as the state's economic development efforts are transitioned to the new nonprofit private corporation JobsOhio. Schmenk will become Director of the Department of Development effective August 1.

    Schmenk has been the chief legal counsel for the Department of Development since March 2011, and before that served as the mayor of Marysville and the Director of External Affairs for the Scott's Miracle-Gro Company. Schmenk is also a member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.

  • 14 Jul 2011 8:34 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    For the first time in the history of the Supreme Court of Ohio, a woman will fill the Reporter of Decisions position, the Supreme Court announced today. Read more
  • 12 Jul 2011 8:42 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On July 12, 1984, Representative Geraldine Ferraro (D-New York) became the first female vice-presidential candidate from a major political party. Ferraro was picked as the running mate for Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota).

  • 07 Jul 2011 6:41 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    As I rushed into the Phoenix for Cincinnati’s Leading with Style event (OK, OK … waddled into the Phoenix … I’m six months pregnant and definitely not winning any land-speed contests lately), I was feeling like my usual self: slightly frazzled, sweaty and annoyed with myself for spending an extra 10 minutes seeking out a parking space that would save me every bit of three steps walking into the venue. However, once I took my seat in Chanel’s ultra-glamorous makeup lounge where no less than a pound of expensive beauty products were artfully applied to my still sweaty face and slipped into a posh maternity runway dress, I felt transformed into the legal profession’s version of a Kardashian!

    Uh, really? A Kardashian? No, that’s a bit of a stretch, I admit. I was still me in all my frazzled glory, but for a few hours I did enjoy feeling like a slightly more chic version of myself. And quite frankly, that is what the OWBA’s Leading with Style event aims to accomplish, an occasion focused on providing local attorneys and businesswomen an opportunity to evaluate and refresh their professional image while unwinding with colleagues and meeting new friends. The event was held on June 23, at the Phoenix, a lovely, historical reception center located in downtown Cincinnati. Nearly 100 legal and business professionals were in attendance, including members of the local judiciary. The crowd spent a relaxing evening shopping among the eclectic mix of vendors, receiving makeovers, sipping cocktails and sampling hors d’oeuvres. A large silent auction was held, benefitting both Bethany House Services, a Cincinnati non-profit organization that provides housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children, and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation.

    A fashion show featuring styles from Brooks Brothers, Boutique 280, Trottas and Macy’s rounded out the evening with a flourish. I had been tapped to “model” (I use that term loosely) a maternity look provided by Boutique 280. I had agreed to subject myself to this potential public humiliation because:

    1. As a member of the Leading with Style planning committee, I wanted to help out a fellow committee member; and
    2. I’m hopelessly vain and can never bear to turn down an opportunity to get dolled up and wear a beautiful outfit.  

    However, as I prepared to take my walk down the runway, I looked at my fellow models, most of whom were lovely, lithe creatures at least five years younger than me, and started to deeply regret my decision. Luckily, as I made my way down the runway, a group of my friends (as well as a few strategically placed members of the audience I paid off) broke into applause and gave me the confidence to complete my walk like the Kardashian … err, frazzled mother of a toddler (and one on the way) that I am!

    In all, the evening was a wonderful success for the OWBA and I’m proud to have had a hand in planning it along with a terrific group of women. Whether attendees were attracted by the chance to network with other professionals, the opportunity to update their looks, the ability to mix and mingle among friends, contribute to a charitable cause, or maybe see a pregnant lady fall off the runway, Cincinnati’s Leading with Style event had a little something special for everyone to enjoy.  

    Sarah M. Foster is a 2009 graduate of NKU Chase College of Law and has spent the past two years as an associate attorney for Cors & Bassett, LLC.  

  • 07 Jul 2011 2:18 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Thirty years ago today, on July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman Supreme Court Justice.
  • 07 Jul 2011 12:37 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On May 25, 2011, the Toledo Women's Bar Association awarded FBA-NDOC board member, Catherine Garcia-Feehan, the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award at its annual meeting. This award is bestowed on an individual lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, assisted other women lawyers in achieving success, or improved the status of women through hard work, devotion and example. It is named after Arabella Babb Mansfield, who passed the Iowa bar exam in 1869 and went on to become the first woman licensed to practice law in the United States. The award was presented by FBA members, Judges David A. Katz, and James G. Carr (the 2011 Arabella Babb Mansfield Award recipient).  Catherine is a career law clerk to Judge Katz and previously clerked for the late Hon. Nicholas J. Walinski and the Hon. David D. Dowd. Catherine is a current member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.

  • 15 Jun 2011 12:10 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Women in the Law Forum released its initial list of law firms that have integrated women in top leadership positions... Read more
  • 07 Jun 2011 12:28 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA) had its 2011 Women’s Forum & Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in downtown Columbus. The theme of the event was Celebrating 20 years, Inspiring 20 More! The event kicked off the OWBA’s 20 year anniversary celebration and served as the first of many momentous events honoring OWBA’s contributions--past, present and future--to Ohio’s legal community.

    This year the OWBA honored and celebrated its three co-founders: The Honorable Alice Robie Resnick, The Honorable Patricia A. Hemann and Pamela N. Hultin, who attended the event. Special guest Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Yvette McGee Brown administered the oath of office to the OWBA and Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (OWBF) 2011-2012 officers and trustees.

    The OWBA presented the Family Friendly Award to the firm of Perez & Morris LLC. The OWBF presented its Leadership Institute Class of 2011-2012 and the Law Student Scholarship award to two worthy Ohio law students, Zoe Lamberson and Kathryn McBride. In addition, OWBA and OWBF President Valoria C. Hoover presented the President’s Choice award to Laura A. Sanom and Gerry Cotter.

    The Annual Meeting highlighted and featured a keynote video designed to tell the story of the OWBA, honor its founders and inspire women lawyers across Ohio. The video featured Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Pamela Hultin, Kathy Ransier and Maria Kortan-Sampson. The Women’s Forum event also included two continuing legal education seminars.

  • 06 Jun 2011 12:01 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Each year the OBWA presents the Family Friendly Award to a law firm that promotes a work-life balance. “Perez & Morris exemplifies a work-life balance by recruiting woman attorneys, and creating a flexible compensation system and the option to work from home with the latest technology so work can be done efficiently,” said OWBA Past President Valoria C. Hoover.  

    The OWBA Family Friendly Committee selected Perez & Morris out of numerous nominations. “The committee noted the firm’s size, which made the application all the more impressive, as well as all the written testimonials,” said Hoover. The application came with seven testimonials from employees. The following is an excerpt from one of the testimonials:

    I joined Perez and Morris in 2003, three months after the birth of my second child. The transition from a large firm to a smaller one had its challenges at first but John and Troy exceeded my expectations with providing the latest technology available to allow me not only flexibility but to be more efficient. Eight months after joining the firm I became pregnant. I approached John and Troy and they helped me to set up a home office complete with voice recognition software so that I could work as easily from home as from the office. In the several months before my third child was born, I found myself working from home at various times that were convenient for me. It created an environment for me where work was not the anchor but something I enjoyed doing. Our clients were thrilled with the service they were receiving and it was something in which I took pride.

    Perez & Morris was recognized at the 2011 Women’s Forum & Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in downtown Columbus.  The event kicked off the OWBA’s 20 year anniversary celebration and will serve as the first of many momentous events honoring OWBA’s contributions - past, present and future - to Ohio’s legal community.

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