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  • 05 Apr 2012 9:31 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    You know that guy who sucks all the air out of the room at family gatherings? Or the woman who’s often wrong but never in doubt about just how right she is. Read more
  • 03 Apr 2012 8:04 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    They included two women of color: New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, a Latina; and Indian American Nikki Haley in South Carolina. Both are being mentioned as possible running mates for the GOP presidential nominee.

    Political scientists and feminist activists are in wide agreement as to what is, and what isn’t, behind the relatively small number of women in elected office. Read more
  • 22 Mar 2012 3:34 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Judicial pioneer Joyce Jackson George was honored Jan. 26 at the Akron Bar Association where attorneys and friends gathered during a monthly Sidebar social reception. Read more
  • 16 Mar 2012 9:55 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Congratulations to OWBA Member and OWBF Treasurer Maria McBride on her recent appointment as Magistrate of the Butler County Domestic Relations Court. Prior to her appointment, McBride had her own solo practice.
  • 12 Mar 2012 2:16 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    In honor of International Women's Day 2012, marking the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world, we would like to recognize a few of the many historical achievements of the past and present female judges of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more
  • 12 Mar 2012 2:13 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    A former northeast Ohio appeals court judge will be on the general election ballot in November as a candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court, according to complete but unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Read more.
  • 01 Mar 2012 12:20 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    On February 21, 2012, fifteen volunteers on behalf of the Ohio Women's Bar Association arrived at the Cleveland Foodbank. The volunteers bonded over sorting food donations for distribution to various hunger programs. Many of the volunteers were impressed to see how much food passes through the Foodbank on a daily basis.  Last year alone the Cleveland Foodbank distributed over 29 million meals (34.5 million pounds of food) and other essential products to 618 member hunger programs. OWBA proudly supports such an important organization within the Cleveland community.
  • 21 Feb 2012 12:12 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The ABA House of Delegates passed a resolution supporting reductions in licensing barriers for lawyer military spouses who must make frequent moves because of their spouses' work assignments. Click here to view the video update.

    The Ohio Women's Bar Association is proud of its involvement in this issue. Click here to read the OWBA's military spouse resolution and recommendations.
  • 10 Feb 2012 10:28 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP is pleased to announce that Sommer L. Sheely has been elected as a Partner of the firm.  Based in the firm's Columbus office, Sommer is a member of the firm’s Litigation group. She serves clients as lead and trial counsel before federal and state courts and administrative panels.
    Sommer’s practice includes defending and pursuing claims on behalf of insurance companies in disputes with agents and insureds; vendors, suppliers, manufacturers and designers in various contract litigation, including with respect to UCC issues; trustees, individuals and beneficiaries in fiduciary disputes, including charitable giving, will and trust contests and other fiduciary challenges; and individuals and entities in partnership disputes, including dissolution issues.  Sommer’s practice also regularly involves defense of class actions.
    A good steward of her community and profession, Sommer is actively involved in a number of organizations.  She is a regular presenter at the Ohio State Bar Association and National Business Institute on a variety of litigation topics.  Additionally, Sommer is a member of the inaugural class of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute.  She also serves as chair of the Charitable Events Committee for Bricker & Eckler’s Women In Networking group.  She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association’s Bar Admissions Committee. Also of note, Ohio Super Lawyers has recognized her as a “Rising Star” since 2009.
    Sommer earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.  She earned her law degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University, where she was managing editor of The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and a finalist and regional Best Oral Advocate on the National Moot Court team.
  • 01 Feb 2012 11:02 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association announced today its ratings for the 2012 contested March primary judicial candidates running for election in Cuyahoga County.

    The purpose of the OWBA Judicial Selection Committee (JSC) is to objectively evaluate and rate judicial candidates and publish the ratings to the community at large. To see the most recent ratings, go to  

    The OWBA’s JSC is part of an organization known as the Judicial Candidates Ratings Coalition or “JCRC.” The 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. Before each primary and general election, JCRC conducts interviews of candidates running for judicial office in Cuyahoga County.

    The evaluation process is confidential, non-partisan and independent. The candidates are evaluated based on the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community involvement and understanding. Overall, the question is 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.  Interviews of each candidate are also conducted by representative members of the organizations involved in JCRC. The candidates also provide writing samples and references. After the interview process is completed, each organization gives the candidates one of the following ratings:

    Excellent: This rating means that the candidate is outstanding based on the criteria and is a superior choice for the office.

    Good: This rating means the candidate substantially meets the criteria and is well-qualified for the office.

    Adequate: This rating means the candidate meets the criteria passably, or, alternatively, fails to satisfy one or more of them.  A candidate rated adequate possesses at least the minimum qualifications for the office.  

    Not Recommended: This rating means the candidate does not meet the criteria, lacking the minimum qualifications for judicial office.  

    Refused to Participate: If a candidate fails or refuses to appear for an interview or fails to complete the questionnaire, the candidate’s rating will be “refused to participate.”  However, if the candidate fails or refuses to appear and there is enough information relative to the candidate’s qualifications, a “not recommended” rating may be given.

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