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  • 25 Jun 2012 11:22 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    When I was the dean, the Woodrow Wilson School created a program called Pathways to Public Service, aimed at advising women whose children were almost grown about how to go into public service, and many women still ask me about the best “on-ramps” to careers in their mid-40s. Honestly, I’m not sure what to tell most of them. Unlike the pioneering women who entered the workforce after having children in the 1970s, these women are competing with their younger selves. Government and NGO jobs are an option, but many careers are effectively closed off. Personally, I have never seen a woman in her 40s enter the academic market successfully, or enter a law firm as a junior associate, Alicia Florrick of The Good Wife notwithstanding. Read more.
  • 13 Jun 2012 2:46 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The law dean at the University of Akron has informed alumni he is stepping down from the top job and returning to the classroom. Martin Belsky, 68, said he is not seeking reappointment to the job he has held for five years and for which he is paid $252,458.
    “I love this place, but it’s time for a change,” he said. “We’re poised to be even better than we are, and I’m looking forward to working with whoever comes in.” Read more.
  • 12 Jun 2012 8:02 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Cutting edge corporate fellowship program at Ohio State is providing great opportunities for corporate law departments.  Now in its 2nd year, the Moritz College of Law's corporate fellowship program boasts 18 corporate partnerships!  The participating General Counsel offices have found the program to be a tremendous opportunity. Click here to learn more.
  • 11 Jun 2012 11:54 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Forget the Chinese Zodiac calendar: This should be called the Year of the Working Woman. Case in point: In 2012, the number of women influencing the workplace, as both employees and business owners, is set to shoot up at a historic rate. Read more
  • 07 Jun 2012 1:21 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Veterans and Military Legal Assistance Project began work June 4 in central Ohio.

    Funded by grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Walmart Foundation, the project will develop a statewide system of volunteer attorneys willing to represent service members and veterans on civil legal matters free of charge. Service members and veterans will have to meet income eligibility guidelines to qualify for representation by one of the project's volunteer attorneys.

    The Project's director is Michael J. Renner, a retired attorney who served as chief counsel to former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery and as the first executive director of the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation. Renner most recently served as a volunteer coordinator for the Volunteer Resource Center at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, a resource that connected cases accepted by Columbus Legal Aid with lawyers in private practice willing to handle those cases at no charge to the client.

    The Assistant Director is Summer A. Moses, an attorney and Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    The Ohio Veterans and Military Legal Assistance Project is a spinoff from the Ohio Veterans WrapAround Project, devised by Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton to ensure that Ohio's veterans are delivered the entire array of critical medical and social services.

    The Project will not be ready to accept referrals for some time.
  • 31 May 2012 1:24 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Many companies can point to a woman high enough on the food chain to show naysayers that anyone can make it up the ranks of power. Facebook has Sheryl Sandberg (photo left), Google has Marissa Mayer, J.P. Morgan has Mary Callahan Erdoes.

    These women, however, are few and far between. Women held just 14.1% of executive officer positions in 2011 at Fortune 500 companies, down from 14.4% in 2010, according to recent research conducted by Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance women in business. When it comes to boards, women held 16.1% of seats in 2011, compared to 15.7% in 2010. Read more.
  • 29 May 2012 11:14 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    For many attorneys, a law-firm partnership provides a life of steady and significant income flow.But for Andrew Ness and others who work at firms that fail, the road can be much bumpier. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ness, a partner who specializes in construction law in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day, has lost three equity stakes, the chunks of money often totaling hundreds-of-thousands of dollars that lawyers pay into a firm upon making partner. Read more.
  • 23 May 2012 8:21 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The second longest serving justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, announced today her intention to retire by the end of the year.

    Appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by then-Gov. George Voinovich, she assumed office on March 7, 1996. Ohio voters elected Justice Stratton to three six-year terms on the court, the most recent in 2008. Her current term was to expire on January 1, 2015. Read more.
  • 22 May 2012 10:18 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Written by Michelle Proia, OWBA President

    Imagine walking into your home after a long day of work.  Your personal chef hands you a glass of ice cold Sangria. She tells you that your dinner will be prepared in minutes and that your only job is to relax until it is ready. Your kids are quietly playing together, the house is spotless and your dog has walked himself.
    Okay, you wake up from your dream, but it was nice to be there even for just a few seconds.  The Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation gave several deserving women a chance to feel this euphoria during one gorgeous Spring evening out on April 19, 2012, at The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.

    In-house women from the legal departments of both private corporations and government employers enjoyed a chance to network while learning how to make a Mexican feast complete with chicken mole and rice cakes with cilantro pesto sauce, homemade guacamole and salsa, and refreshing key lime pie. The dinner was accompanied by thirst-quenching margaritas and sangrias. 

    The catering staff at the Conservatory rolled out the red carpet for the guests, who were from local entities such as State Auto, DSW, Beacon Hill Fund Services, Scott‘s, Huntington Bank, NiSource, Community Choice Financial and several government court and agency offices.  Ice Miller was the very generous premier sponsor law firm, and Baker Hostetler, Kegler Brown and Thompson Hine also contributed towards sponsorships to ensure the success of this event.

    The Franklin Park Conservatory grounds were impeccable and set the stage for a truly unique and out-of-the box event. The evening benefitted the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (OWBF), in its 4th year.  The Foundation supports the annual Law Student Scholarship and runs the very successful Leadership Institute for women attorneys statewide which just completed its inaugural year.  More information about the OWBF (or the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, OWBA) can be found at

    The OWBA has also formed its first in-house counsel subcommittee, thanks to the efforts of OWBA Past President Maria-Kortan Sampson of Goodrich Corporation. If you are a member of an in-house government or private legal department, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Krile at to join.  The Columbus members of the Committee will kick-off their efforts with an informal lunch meeting at the end of June. Cleveland is also planning a similar event.  If you’d like to help with a similar effort in other areas of the State, please contact Elizabeth Krile.

    And remember to LIKE the OWBA on Facebook!  While hard work in your legal practice is a critical part of the equation in your success, you have to get out from behind your desk and make valuable professional connections!  I promise – you’ll be glad you did.

    Hope to see you at an event this year!
  • 18 May 2012 2:38 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is proposing comprehensive amendments to the Sixth Circuit Rules and Internal Operating Procedures. Pursuant to 6 Cir. R. 47(a) all interested parties have the opportunity to register comments to the proposed changes.

    Proposed Rules

    Comments should be addressed to Leonard Green, Clerk and sent not later than July 12, 2012 to:

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