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  • 18 Sep 2012 9:31 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    (Columbus, Ohio) – The Ohio Women’s Bar Association announced today its ratings for the Supreme Court of Ohio judicial candidates:

    Candidate & Rating:
    Robert Cupp: Excellent
    Yvette McGee Brown: Excellent
    Terrence O’Donnell: Excellent
    Michael Skindell: Good
    Sharon Kennedy: Adequate
    William O’Neill: Adequate

    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s (“OWBA”) Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee reviewed the candidate-submitted questionnaires, conducted their own research and investigation and interviewed the candidates each for over an hour on issues relating to the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community involvement and understanding.

    “These ratings are intended to educate voters as they cast their vote for Ohio Supreme Court candidates,” states Michelle Proia Roe, President of the OWBA. As provided in its Governing Rules, the purpose of the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee is to promote the free exchange of ideas concerning the qualifications of candidates for the offices of Chief Justice and Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio; to evaluate the fitness for judicial office of persons aspiring to such office; and to educate members of the bar and members of the public at large with respect to judicial candidates. 

    It is the second time in the 21-year history of the OWBA that the organization has independently issued ratings for Supreme Court of Ohio candidates.  The OWBA released ratings also during the 2010 election period.  "The OWBA's responsibility to provide an objective evaluation of the candidates is critical in helping to educate the public regarding qualified candidates,” states Michelle Proia Roe. 

    About the Ratings
    "Excellent" means that the candidate is outstanding based on the criteria and is a superior choice for the office.  "Good" means that the candidate substantially meets the criteria and is well-qualified for the office. "Adequate" means the candidate meets the criteria passably or, alternatively, fails to satisfy one or more of them. "Not Recommended" means the candidate does not meet the criteria, lacking the minimal qualifications for judicial office.

    About the Committee and Board of Trustees
    The Committee is comprised of members from across the state, including a member from each of the five OWBA geographic regions. In addition, 75 percent of the 12 appellate districts had at least one Committee member. The OWBA Board of Trustees, which approved the ratings, is made up of the Executive Committee, 12 Trustees from the appellate districts and five at-large Trustees.
  • 10 Sep 2012 11:25 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    With the November elections around the corner, it is time again to visit Judge4Yourself.com.  Judge4Yourself.com is a valuable website which provides ratings for the Cuyahoga County judicial candidates, as well as the Ohio Supreme Court candidates.  The ratings are determined by an organization known as the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition or “JCRC.”  JCRC consists of committees from the OWBA, the Norman Minor Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  The JCRC ratings for the November general election are now complete and easily accessed at Judge4Yourself.com.
        
    In addition, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association has a separate committee known as the Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee.  This committee consists of members throughout the state who meet to interview the Supreme Court candidates. The OWBA is in the process of completing their evaluation of the Supreme Court candidates.  The ratings will be posted on the Judge4Yourself.com website by the end of the month.

    The evaluation process by both the JCRC and the OWBA Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee is confidential, nonpartisan, and independent.  The candidates are evaluated based on the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence, community involvement and understanding.  Overall, the evaluation seeks to determine whether the candidate will be a competent, fair and trustworthy judge.  The evaluations include a questionnaire which provides information regarding the candidates’ background, legal experience and motivation for becoming a judge.  In addition, the candidates provide writing samples and references.  Armed with this information, the committees conduct a thorough interview of each candidate and provide a rating of “excellent,” “good,” “adequate,”  “not recommended,” or “refused to participate”.

    Conducting the interviews and establishing the ratings is only the beginning.  The challenge of the JCRC and Judge4Yourself.com is to get the information to the public.  You are strongly encouraged to visit the Judge4Yourself.com website.  A grid is available on the website with the ratings from each of the bar associations.  Please view the website and circulate the ratings to your friends, families and colleagues.  Unless the information is disseminated, the process does not serve its ultimate purpose – to end the guessing game in judicial elections.

    In addition, all OWBA members are encouraged to participate in either the Judicial Selection Committee or the Supreme Court Judicial Ratings Committee.  In fact, we are looking for new members of the Judicial Selection Committee here in Cuyahoga County.  If you are interested in this valuable process, please contact Elizabeth Krile at the Ohio Women’s Bar Association or Christine Santoni – csantoni@reminger.com.

    Christine Santoni is a partner at Reminger Co., L.P.A. in Cleveland.  She currently serves as vice-chair of the OWBA Judicial Selection Committee.  Her practice areas include employment practices, professional liability, medical malpractice, and probate litigation.


     
  • 31 Aug 2012 8:43 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    In 1988, Punch magazine published a cartoon by Rianna Duncan, showing a meeting around a big boardroom table. All of the participants, save one, were men. The chairman of the board (and it is chairman) is shown as saying, “That’s an excellent suggestion, Miss Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.” Read more
  • 29 Aug 2012 3:34 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Three years ago, Rachel Smith, employment attorney and partner in the Houston office of Baker Hostetler and mother of a then-one-year-old daughter, learned the hard way that her work/life balance was seriously out of whack. Read more
  • 28 Aug 2012 1:44 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    A recent survey released by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) says more women than ever served as GCs in the Fortune 500 in 2011. Women now hold 21 percent of the top legal positions in Fortune 500 companies—that’s 108 women GCs and CLOs. Read more
  • 16 Aug 2012 11:21 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession serves as the national voice for women lawyers. It was created in 1987, and its first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton. From its inception, it has identified the barriers that have impeded the advancement of women attorneys and has formulated a number of concrete solutions and strategies to help women succeed. Read more.
  • 30 Jul 2012 8:34 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Ice Miller LLP has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as part of the publication's Women in Law Firms study.  Ice Miller ranked third in the nation for having the highest percentage of female equity partners – 26.9 percent – among the Am Law 200 firms.  Ice Miller was the only Midwestern law Firm recognized in the top five law firms.  The AmLaw 200 is a listing of the nation's largest 200 law firms.
     
    "Ice Miller has been a trailblazer when it comes to recognizing the talents and contributions of the Firm's women attorneys," stated Brenda Horn, a deputy managing partner of the Firm.  "Decades ago, Ice Miller was one of the first major firms in Indiana to elect a woman to the partnership and the first major firm in the state to welcome a minority female into the partnership ranks. Currently, women equity partners serve in a range of leadership roles, including in firm governance, as chairs of key internal committees, as practice group leaders and as mentors for younger women lawyers." Horn, who was featured in an article about the rankings, joined the Firm in 1981 and practices in the Firm's Municipal Finance Group, leading teams of lawyers on complex financing transactions.
     
    In 2009, the Firm was named a Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women, by Working Mother magazine. The publication recognized the Firm for having redefined the standards of success by creating a workplace that encourages the retention and advancement of women. In addition, MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Ice Miller 15th in the "Top 100 Law Firms for Women" listing, and 11th in the publication's "Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans" among the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity in 2012.


     

     
  • 24 Jul 2012 12:33 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce the addition of Danielle Lorenz as Of Counsel in the Cincinnati office. Danielle most recently practiced at Fairweather LLC, Attorneys. She brings with her significant experience in commercial leasing, commercial real estate and business formation. Danielle focuses her practice on commercial real estate, general business law, employment law, and creditors' rights. She is licensed to practice in the state of Ohio. She graduated cum laude from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2009. While at Chase, Danielle was a member of the Northern Kentucky Law Review and was chosen to serve on the Editorial Board as Research Editor. Danielle was also invited to join the Salmon P. Chase Moot Court Board. As a member of the Board, she competed in the Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition and served as the Chief Justice and Ethics Representative. Danielle also competed with the Salmon P. Chase Arbitration Team, and her team was named a regional champion in the ABA Arbitration Competition.
  • 24 Jul 2012 10:35 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Marissa Mayer, who was employee number 20 at Google, will be Yahoo's next president and chief executive. Mayer, 37, is the reason that Google's search homepage is simple and white with just a search bar. Recently, she was in charge of Google's location services, such as Google Maps, and oversaw 1,000 product managers. Read more
  • 24 Jul 2012 10:30 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Marilena DiSilvio has been appointed to the board of The Gathering Place, an organization that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer, through programs and services provided free of charge. "Marilena's experience and desire to make a difference will serve her well in this new role," said Reminger Managing Partner Stephen E. Walters. After a career as a registered nurse, Marilena joined Reminger in 1997. Her background and experience have made her an invaluable leader in the firm's Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law Practice Groups. Marilena has significant experience in the representation of healthcare providers and healthcare facilities and has tried over 40 medical malpractice cases. She also has expertise in Healthcare Law. From an administrative standpoint, Marilena is a member of the firm's executive and management committees. She is also responsible for managing the nurse consultants throughout the firm and is intimately involved with the education and mentoring of the firm's young lawyers. Along with being a member of multiple professional organizations and a member of the 2011-2012 Class of the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, Marilena has been honored multiple times as both an Ohio Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in America.

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