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  • 24 Jul 2018 3:09 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Throughout her twenty-seven years in the legal profession, Nationwide’s Marilyn McClure-Demers has worked to bring conversations around diversity into the spotlight

    July 16, 2018

    BY LORI FREDRICKSON


    Marilyn McClure Demers; VP, Associate General Counsel, Corporate & Intellectual Property Litigation and Discovery Management; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

    When Marilyn McClure-Demers looks back on her long history of fostering diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, she compares it to keeping your foot on the gas pedal. If you run out of gas on level terrain, you go nowhere, and if you take your foot off the gas while working your way up an incline, you can go backwards. “There needs to be a continued appreciation for the importance of an inclusive work environment,” the vice president and associate general counsel of Nationwide says. “There’s a moral imperative here, and it’s incredibly important to keep that on the horizon.”

    Over the course of her twenty-seven-year career as a legal professional—including her earlier work in private firms and her latest in-house counsel position at Nationwide, where she has been for the past eleven years and where she currently oversees corporate, IP, financial services, litigation, and discovery management—she has championed these beliefs through involvement with a broad roster of outside associations, through internal diversity efforts, and through mentorships and sponsorships. The work is something she sees as a calling.

    It all began early in her career, after she earned her JD from West Virginia University and began doing legal work in the coal industry. There, she often encountered many challenges as a young female lawyer, and in her later work at firms and businesses in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere, she overcame perceptions associated with being a native of West Virginia, a region that has often been stereotyped.

    What she learned from these experiences was to create opportunities for herself and to challenge herself to look for people’s strengths in their differences. She wanted to help others get ahead. “Everyone is different and we know it,” McClure-Demers says, “but the extent to which we differ—and the extent to which leaders and others are committed to learning the differences—varies greatly.”


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  • 23 Jul 2018 3:04 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    As people embrace technology to expand their access to information and streamline many activities, Ohio courts experiment with ways to apply these tools to benefit the public and the justice system.

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  • 20 Jul 2018 2:29 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    For all of us, there's no telling where life's road will lead. That's certainly the case for any judge lucky enough to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court, even for just a day.

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  • 18 Jul 2018 1:21 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Susan Brown served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday.

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  • 17 Jul 2018 1:46 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Ohio probate judges will now have updated bench cards to help them navigate legal issues that come before them.

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  • 16 Jul 2018 4:19 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Supreme Court asks for public comments on proposed amendments that would broaden the mediator qualifications for courts across the state.

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  • 16 Jul 2018 12:11 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Supreme Court asks for public comments on a proposed amendment that would create alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as an option in settling family matters within the state’s probate courts.

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  • 12 Jul 2018 4:04 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The heightened sense to change workplace culture and eliminate harassment that started with high-profile accusations in entertainment and politics is being addressed from the very top of Ohio’s judicial branch.

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  • 06 Jul 2018 3:26 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Gov. John R. Kasich appointed Jeffery S. Rezabek to serve the unexpired term as a judge on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

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  • 05 Jul 2018 3:31 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has announced the certification of 12 new cases for formal disciplinary proceedings.

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