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  • 27 Oct 2021 12:12 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)


    We are inviting all companies and firms to consider sponsoring the 2021 Ohio Women’s Bar Association and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation’s Leading the Way Award Celebration, which will take place on November 18 in Columbus at The Reception Hall at Raymond Memorial from 5:00-6:30 p.m. At this time, the two organizations will join together to honor Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt with the prestigious 2021 OWBA-OWBF Leading the Way Award.

    The Leading the Way Award combines two historical awards for both organizations: the OWBA Founder's Award and the OWBF Leading the Way Award. Past recipients of both awards have been recognized for their commitment, service and leadership that has paved the way for other women in the law to follow.

    If you are aware of a company or firm interested in supporting the OWBA and OWBF with event sponsorship, please find sponsorship opportunities below.

    Gold Sponsor: $1,250

    • Company name/logo featured on all Leading the Way Celebration promotion and collateral
    • Company name/logo featured on the OWBA website; home page and event page
    • Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event
    • Seven (7) event tickets

    Silver Sponsor: $750

    • Company name/logo featured on all Leading the Way Celebration promotion and collateral
    • Company name/logo featured on the OWBA website; event page
    • Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event
    • Five (5) event tickets

    Bronze Sponsor: $500

    • Company name featured on all Leading the Way Celebration promotion and collateral
    • Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event
    • Three (3) event tickets

    Recipient Supporter: $100

    • One (1) event ticket
      Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event

    To commit to a sponsorship of the Celebration, click here or for event information, click here.

    Questions? Contact the OWBA-OWBF office at (866) 932-6922 or admin@owba.org.


  • 15 Oct 2021 3:57 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has a sizable void following the passing of two sitting jurists.

    Judges Nancy McDonnell and Joseph Russo died recently, at 61 and 59, respectively.

    “It was a privilege to serve alongside Judge McDonnell and Judge Russo for so many years,” said Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly, a fellow Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge from 2005 to 2018.

    “The thing I will always remember about both of them was their positivity. They treated everyone they encountered with respect and kindness,” Justice Donnelly said.

    Judge McDonnell, the court’s first female administrative and presiding judge from 2006 to 2009, had endured health issues for decades, culminating in a double lung transplant in 2009.

    She had been a judge on the court since 1997.

    “Judge McDonnell was, quite simply, one of the strongest persons I have ever known,” said the court’s current administrative and presiding Judge Brendan Sheehan. “Her nearly 25 years on the bench were distinguished, and she brought compassion and caring to her role as a judge.”

    Prior to the common pleas court, the John Marshall College of Law graduate – now Cleveland-Marshall College of Law – was a magistrate for the city of Lakewood and a Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

    Cuyahoga County’s “community-based correctional facility” – designed to reduce criminal behavior and divert eligible males convicted of a felony from the state prison system – was named the McDonnell Center in her honor.

    Judge McDonnell is survived by her husband, Assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor John Kosko; their three children; seven siblings; and her extended family.

    Judge Russo had been on the bench since 2001 until his unexpected death four days after Judge McDonnell’s passing.

    “As a court family, our grief is doubled at this time,” Judge Sheehan said. “Joe Russo has been my colleague on the bench for 12 years, and his loss will be felt by the legal community and the citizens of Cuyahoga County.”

    A private practitioner for a decade before his judgeship, Judge Russo presided over the court’s commercial docket, which adjudicates complex business disputes.

    He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

    Judge Russo is survived by his wife, Diana; their two children; his mother; two siblings; and his extended family.


  • 05 Oct 2021 11:41 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    COLUMBUS, OH – The law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP recently elected three new partners and elevated two income partners to equity status.

    Justin Cook’s practice focuses on matters of federal and state taxation. He frequently advises 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations, including hospitals, foundations, political organizations and trade associations, on federal tax issues related to formation, attaining recognition of exemption, operational structures, transactions and dissolution. In doing so, he helps clients navigate the complex supporting organization rules, comply with rules against private inurement and excess benefits, and develop efficient corporate structures for unrelated business activities. With respect to state taxation, Justin advises businesses on corporate and transaction structures with an emphasis on Ohio’s sales, use and commercial activity taxes. He is also experienced in matters of state tax controversy. In this capacity, he represents taxpayers under audit by the State of Ohio, as well as taxpayers challenging assessments of tax through the administrative process. Justin became an income partner on October 1, 2021.

    The firm’s new income partners effective January 1, 2022 are Kara Herrnstein and Jason Stuckey.

    Kara is an experienced energy attorney focusing on facilitating renewable generation in Ohio.  She provides legal assistance and problem-solving to developers at every stage of their projects, from land access to permitting to operation.  Her practice also includes litigation on behalf of a variety of energy companies including producers and midstream companies.  In everything, she is a passionate about helping her clients build Ohio into a major energy-producing state.

    Jason advises a multitude of public sector clients with a focus on school districts and higher education institutions. He advises clients on compliance with a wide array of issues including but not limited to federal and state labor and employment issues, employee disciplinary concerns, contract issues, licensure issues, FERPA issues, ethics issues, the Ohio Open Meetings Act, student-related disciplinary matters, residency and custody disputes and the drafting and implementation of policies. Jason also has extensive experience representing clients in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations and employee grievances. He has also represented clients before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, state and federal courts; including the Court of Appeals. Additionally, Jason counsels higher education clients on Title IX and NCAA compliance issues.

    The firm’s new equity partners effective January 1, 2022 are Dylan Borchers and Devin Parram.

    Dylan has a practice that focuses on energy infrastructure development, regulatory proceedings, and energy policy. During the course of his career, Dylan has represented developers of new generation facilities totaling more than 7,000 MW of new electricity capacity in Ohio before the Ohio Power Siting Board. These projects include six new natural gas combined cycle power plants, four utility scale wind farms, and over one dozen utility scale solar facilities. He is also heavily engaged in Ohio's growing solar sector, representing multiple developers of utility scale solar projects, as well as multiple behind the meter projects. He also represents a variety of clients, including trade associations, municipal aggregators, electric vehicle charging companies and suppliers in adjudicatory hearings, rulemakings and other proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

    Devin provides counsel to clients on a wide range of energy and utility issues. A significant portion of his practice focuses on litigating and processing cases before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Devin advises clients on various PUCO matters, ranging from routine regulatory filings to complex rate cases. Devin regularly represents the Ohio Hospital Association in electric cases before the PUCO and advises hospitals regarding ratemaking proceedings, energy efficiency, energy procurement, distributed energy resource opportunities and all PUCO regulatory matters that potentially impact the unique needs of health care providers. Devin also represents the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) before the PUCO in a variety of matters affecting residential and commercial consumers’ electric and natural gas rates. NOPEC is the largest public retail energy aggregation in the U.S., with approximately 220 county, township and municipal members. Devin also represents competitive energy suppliers on PUCO matters, including advising suppliers regarding the PUCO’s consumer protection rules. At the OPSB, Devin represents major electric generation facility developers and natural gas utilities. He has served as lead counsel in fully-contested wind farm cases before the OPSB and as regulatory counsel in dozens of cases involving the development of natural gas pipeline infrastructure.

    About Bricker & Eckler:

    With offices throughout the state, Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio’s leading law firms. Bricker represents a wide variety of clients, with particular strength in the health care, public sector, financial services and energy industries in Ohio and beyond. The firm has a long history of promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in our ongoing effort to reflect the communities and clients that we serve. Connect with us online on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


  • 25 May 2021 5:47 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On May 19, 2021, OWBA and OWBF held a private virtual swearing in ceremony for several newly elected leaders of the organizations who where unable to attend the recent OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting & Conference. OWBA President Erin Rhinehart welcomed the group, recapped a successful annual event and shared how wonderful it was seeing members and friends for the first time in more than a year. Rhinehart then introduced Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman, past president of the OWBA to conduct the ceremony.  OWBF President Amy Ahn-Roll who missed the in-person event due to an incident that shut down the highway just prior to the event, was sworn in and recognized. "My goal is to lead with empathy, agility and grit," said Ahn-Roll. It is obvious both organizations will continue to have strong leadership in 2021-2022.  The organizations look forward to the changes we will see going forward as the world slowly re-opens following the pandemic. Both Boards are committed to collaboratively working towards their missions to promote the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, supporters, local bar associations, business and the community. If you are interested in membership or in serving as a leader of the OWBA or OWBF, email for additional information.

  • 22 May 2021 6:53 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    (Washington, D.C.) – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced recently that Deepak Gupta of the public interest law firm Gupta Wessler, Marilyn McClure-Demers of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Roscoe Jones Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Beatryx Epps Washington of the O.C. Tanner Company, and Sharon Werner of PNC Financial Services, have been appointed to its board of directors with current board member Danielle Holley-Walker of the Howard University School of Law becoming an executive committee member.

    The appointments expand the national Lawyers’ Committee board of directors to 213 members and expands the executive board to 17 members.

    “We welcome the addition of these exemplary leaders, each of whom brings a commitment to racial justice that our nation so desperately needs,” said Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The national Lawyers’ Committee is steadfast in its dedication to securing equal justice for all and working with our nation’s leading attorneys to mobilize the private bar in service of our mission. With these new additions to our dynamic and increasingly diverse advisory board and executive committee leadership, we will be better positioned to make a positive impact during this critical time in our nation’s history.”

    The additions to the executive committee and board of directors are listed below:

    • Deepak Gupta is the founder of Gupta Wessler PLLC, a Washington, D.C. public-interest law firm that concentrates its efforts on Supreme Court and appellate litigation on civil rights issues. Before founding the firm, Mr. Gupta was senior counsel for litigation and senior counsel for enforcement strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    • Marilyn McClure-Demers is vice president and associate general counsel at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a fortune 100 Insurance and Financial services company, located in Columbus, Ohio. Marilyn is responsible for strategic oversight for all corporate, intellectual property, and class action litigation and serves on Nationwide’s Social Justice Taskforce. She is a past fellow of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity and was the recipient of the 2020 LCLD Rick Palmore Award. She is a past president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.
    • Sharon Werner is the chief operating officer in the Corporate Responsibility Group at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh, Penn. Prior to joining PNC, Ms. Werner served as the chief of staff to U.S. Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.
    • Beatryx Epps Washington is senior vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary at O.C. Tanner Company, a technology and services company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Among other activities and affiliations, Ms. Washington serves on the board of directors of Ballet West and is a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
    • Roscoe Jones Jr. is counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the firm’s Public Policy, Congressional Investigations, White Collar Defense and Investigations, and Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Practice Groups. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Jones served for almost a decade in various high-level roles on Capitol Hill, most recently as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and as legislative director to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
    • Danielle Holley-Walker is the dean and professor at Howard University School of Law. She has served as dean of the law school since 2014. Prior to joining Howard, Dean Holley-Walker served as associate dean for academic affairs and distinguished professor of law at the University of South Carolina and also worked in private practice.

    Learn more about the Committee and our board here.

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    About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.


  • 13 May 2021 9:59 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 30, the OWBA Government Subcommittee Co-Chairs - Renata Staff and Corinna Efkeman - announced the recipients for the 2020 and 2021 Government in Action Awards. 

    Each year, the Government Subcommittee and OWBA Executive Committee determine a recipient of the Government in Action Award, which is bestowed to a woman who has demonstrated strong leadership by promoting opportunities for the advancement of women and been influential in the public sector and in the community she serves.

    The 2020 Government in Action Honoree is Justice Melody Stewart of the Ohio Supreme Court.

    Justice Melody Stewart was elected in November 2018 to a full term as the 161st Justice to serve on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is the first African-American woman elected to the Supreme Court of Ohio.

    Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Justice Stewart served on the Eighth District Court of Appeals — elected to an unexpired term in 2006 and twice reelected to full terms. She served as the court’s Administrative Judge in 2013.

    Justice Stewart has more than 30 years of combined administrative, legal, and academic experience. She was an administrator for a health care management company, a music teacher, a civil defense litigator, and a law school administrator and professor before being elected to the Court of Appeals. While on the Eighth District Court of Appeals, Justice Stewart was assigned to hear cases in other appellate districts and in the Ohio Supreme Court.

    The 2021 Government in Action Honoree is Sherry Maxfield, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce.

    Sherry previously served as Chief Counsel for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Her responsibilities included overseeing 11 sections of the office which practice in legal areas ranging from Antitrust to Workers’ Compensation law.

    Sherry worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office from 1984-2019 and during her time with the office has been the Assistant Chief of the Court of Claims section, the Chief of the Executive Agencies section and Chief of the Health & Human Services section. She previously served as First Assistant Attorney General.

    During her career, Sherry has been recognized by her colleagues for her professionalism and legal expertise. She received an AGO Professionalism award in 1997 and in 1999 was the inaugural recipient of the Simon B. Karas Award for Outstanding legal contribution to the Attorney General’s Office.


  • 10 May 2021 11:32 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 30, 2021, at the OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting and Conference former OWBA Presidents – Lisa Whittaker and Mary DeGenaro – presented the 2020 and 2021 President’s Choice Awards.

    Each year the President’s Choice Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of leadership, dedication and passion for the profession and for the life-long friendships made through OWBA and OWBF. The award recipient is selected by the OWBA Outgoing President.

    Lisa Whittaker presented the 2020 OWBA President’s Choice Award to Jennifer Battle, Partner at Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP. During the event, Lisa Whittaker shared:

    “Jennifer Battle has been an active member of the OWBA for several years, and in 2019 joined the OWBA Board of Trustees and has faithfully served as the Chair of our D&I Committee. Under her leadership of the D&I Committee, Jen facilitated the crafting of a statement addressing racism and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. To follow this statement, Jennifer led the coordination of a virtual CLE with an esteemed group of panelists to discuss racism, justice, and the legal system. This CLE engaged hundreds of men and women throughout Ohio and beyond to have critical conversations about systemic racism and implicit bias. Additionally, Jen has been instrumental in evaluating our D&I Awards program and contributing thoughtful changes to the award criteria. Jennifer is now the 2021 OWBA Treasurer on the Executive Committee.”

    Mary DeGenaro presented the 2021 OWBA President’s Choice Award to Jayme Smoot, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and External Affairs Operations, at Nationwide in Columbus. During the event, Mary DeGenaro shared:

    “Jayme is the 2021 President-Elect of the OWBA has always been an active member of the OWBA and Officer of the OWBA Executive Committee for several years, providing thoughtful guidance and insight as the OWBA faced new challenges in dealing with the virtual reality thrust upon us, and also putting the OWBA’s mission into action and keeping the organization as a relevant voice in the D & I space for our profession. In 2020, Jayme coordinated a virtual CLE in our D&I CLE Series focused on systemic racism and racial inequity in the in-house environment. She coordinated a diverse and experienced group of General Counsel’s and CEOs, and then moderated an engaging conversation on how in-house legal departments can best counsel their internal clients and constituents about issues of systemic racism and racial inequity within their organizations. Jayme has proven to be an excellent partner with our 2020 Awardee Jennifer Battle, and I am excited to see the OWBA’s progress as Jayme moves up the ranks in our organization’s leadership and make her mark on both the OWBA and the legal profession.”


  • 10 May 2021 11:23 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association presented the 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award to Perez Morris LLC at the OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The OWBA Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award recognizes recognize a law firm, company or other legal organization that has a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession. OWBA President-Elect Jayme Smoot presented the award to Sarah Perez, Firm Managing Partner at Perez Morris LLC. The firm also received the OWBA D&I Champion Award in 2018.

    During the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the following was shared from nomination letters submitted on behalf of Perez Morris:

    “As one of the largest women law firms in Central Ohio, Perez Morris is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in law and in community. The firm believes that promoting diversity cannot simply be an aspirational initiative, but something that is woven into the very nature of business. This philosophy demands that law firms must act with intentionality in order to recruit, support, and empower minority and female attorneys, particularly women of color. This continuous commitment to this mission results in the betterment of both the firm’s work and culture. Leading by example, the firm is dedicated to creating opportunities for the underrepresented and underserved as an employer and partner.

    A pillar of the community for more than 20 years, Perez Morris has always had a dedication to lifting up the underserved. The firm seeks to create lasting impact on the community, particularly by moving roadblocks to economic opportunity to increase diversity and to support a stable, strong workforce. Strategically focusing its giving, pro bono and advocacy efforts on causes with underlying diversity challenges like single families and homelessness, Perez Morris is making a difference.

    During the pandemic, Perez Morris expanded its community outreach efforts to meet the increased needs of local families. At Etna Road Elementary in Whitehall, nearly all students and their families identify as economically disadvantaged, with 80% being non-English language learners.”


  • 10 May 2021 11:05 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association presented Kimberly Amrine, Chief Diversity Officer of Frost Brown Todd LLC, with the 2021 Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award at the OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession, particularly through support and sponsorship of diverse attorneys. OWBA Treasurer and D&I Committee Chair, Jennifer Battle, presented the award to Kimberly Amrine.

    During the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the following was shared from nomination letters submitted on behalf of Kim:

    “In her role as Director, Kim has been a pioneer. She was appointed to her position in 2006. At that time, there was only one other law firm in the country with a director-level position dedicated to diversity and inclusion. There was no written job description or list of job duties. Kim had to use her knowledge of Frost Brown Todd and its culture, and to leverage her relationships, to recommend policies and procedures and produce outcomes. Currently, there are well over 200 professionals nationally who are devoted to diversity and inclusion in law firms. Kim routinely presents and shares her experiences with this group in conference settings and mentors many of these professionals on an ongoing basis.

    Kim also works with clients and community leaders on their inclusion programming and goals. She has conducted unconscious-bias training and shared many of the programs that she developed for Frost Brown Todd with some of our largest clients. She also invests time to develop and participate in numerous pipeline efforts to increase diversity in our profession.

    This past summer Kim really stepped up as a DEI leader in the wake of the social injustices plaguing the African-American community in our country. Following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Kim worked with me and other firm leaders to develop and implement the FBT Racial Justice Action Plan. The plan consists of 17 short-term, mid-term, and long-term racial justice focused goals.

    Throughout her career, Kim has be an incredible mentor, sponsor, and advocate for women and minorities and has championed innovative programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal field.”

    Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award Announcement: 

    It was announced during the Annual Meeting Luncheon that the OWBA Board of Trustees and Diversity & Inclusion Committee unanimously decided in 2019 to rename the OWBA Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award to the “Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award”. Kurt Tunnell, former Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP, tragically passed away in a fatal bicycling accident on August 31, 2019.

    Immediate Past President Mary DeGenaro shared:

    “I am one of many people who were blessed to have known Kurt-a man of faith who was quietly generous with his time, talent and guidance. Kurt led an incredible personal and professional life that touched countless people and organizations in a truly impactful way. He was a former Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler and left his unique, positive mark over his 30-pluse year career with the firm-a longevity that speaks to his loyalty and character. The OWBA honored Kurt’s commitment to sponsoring and mentoring women in the law by awarding him the 2018 D&I Sponsor Award. The goal of renaming this award is to remember Kurt’s legacy of leadership, servanthood, and sponsorship for years to come through the OWBA D&I Sponsor Award.”


  • 10 May 2021 10:59 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association presented Barnes & Thornburg LLP with the 2021 Family Friendly Award at the OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The Family Friendly Award is presented as recognition of the firm’s commitment to work-life balance in order to encourage lawyers to take care of their families while pursuing a successful career. Former OWBA President Lisa Whittaker presented the award to Katrina Thompson, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg. Thompson spoke briefly, on behalf of Baker Hostetler, to express their gratitude for receiving recognition from the OWBA.

    The OWBA promotes leadership, advancement and interests of woman attorneys through professional education and networking. Sense 2003 the OWBA has chosen a legal employer in Ohio that goes above and beyond to provide employees with an ideal work-life balance arrangement and to ensure that all lawyers are able to raise a family while leading a successful career. As the 2021 recipient of the Family Friendly Award, Barnes & Thornburg has proven their outstanding desire to promote the value of success in the family while succeeding in the career.

    During the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the following was shared from their nomination letters:

    "Over the past few years, Barnes & Thornburg has significantly amped up their diversity and inclusion infrastructure which has accelerated their accomplishments in the area of family friendly policies. A notable effort to support new parents at all levels of employment was a new policy approved in January 2019 which permits all firm employees with 16 weeks of 100% paid parental live. In 2020, the firm added a sixth talent resource group, BTParents. This group serves as a network for our working parent teammates and allies, and has hosted multiple firmwide programs, including recently a virtual music class for children ages 2-8, and a program with Ruling Our Experiences, which is an organization focused on helping girls cope with today’s stress and pressure.

    Even with the uncertainty that 2020 brought with the pandemic, Barnes & Thornburg cut no salaries or positions due to the pandemic and were able to support every employees unique situation with working from home. The firm is committed to continue offering maximum flexibility as their office re-opens.

    Lastly, Barnes & Thornburg is perhaps best known for inventing a series of large events dedicated to promoting gender equity in the legal industry, otherwise known as “GELI.” GELI originated in January 2017 out of the firm’s partnership with the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio as facilitated small table discussions that constructively challenge diverse participants to examine their biases in guided discussions. Since the first event, GELI has grown to a partnership with other law firms and resulted in more than a dozen events attracting hundreds of participants in Columbus and Cleveland. They have also taken the program to law schools, clients, and their own team."

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