|Thursday, April 21, 2022|
|1:00 - 2:00 PM||
Claiming Our Power Over the Criminal Justice System (1.00 CLE approved)
|2:05 - 3:05 PM||
Claiming Our Power Over the Legal Field: Reflecting on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Impact on the Legal Field (1.00 CLE approved)
Parag Shah will lead a panel of an Ohio Supreme Court Justice and attorneys in discussion regarding the impact that Justice Ginsburg made through her service on the U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and her work as an appellate litigator prior to serving on the bench, as well as her many "firsts" in the field of law that opened the doors for future generations of attorneys. The panel of attorneys will explore how women in the law can use Justice Ginsburg’s example to strengthen their legal skills and become more effective in their practice.
|3:20 - 4:20 PM||
Claiming Our Power Over Intersectionality to Achieve Racial and Gender Equality (1.00 CLE Approved)
The Ohio Supreme Court’s 2019 Profile of the Legal Profession in Ohio indicates that 59% of Ohio’s 38,189 attorneys identify as men, versus 38% of Ohio attorneys who identify as women. 81.1% of those 38,189 Ohio attorneys identity as White.
The practice of law is centered in large part around technical skills and relationship management. However, women experience the practice differently than their male counterparts. Those differences in practice are further exacerbated for minority women. This panel will explore the intersection of race and gender in the practice of law and provide thoughts and techniques around empowerment and leveraging authenticity, mentorship, and sponsorship to achieve racial and gender equity.
|4:30 - 5:30 PM||
Claiming Our Power Over Misinterpretations – What is Critical Race Theory? (1.00 CLE Approved)
Critical race theory is receiving significant attention in the media. Our panelists will explain what critical race theory is and what it is not from a legal standpoint and the implications when it is misunderstood.
|Friday, April 22, 2022|
|8:30 - 9:30 AM||
Claiming Our Power Over Changing Technology and Working Environments (1.00 CLE Approved)
We will have a coffee chat with Kim Riley who will discuss how attorneys can survive and thrive in the virtual environment. We will cover how to use lighting, body language, and effective communication strategies as we prepare to embrace all aspects of the virtual practice of law including interacting with clients and the court. How does a technologically enabled law practice look beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar law firm? We will also consider effective virtual team engagement and management for lawyers who are also people leaders.
|9:40 - 10:40 AM||
Claiming Our Power Over Our Legal Careers (1.00 CLE Approved)
|10:50 - 11:50 AM||
Claiming Our Power Over Ourselves (1.00 CLE Approved)
|12:15 -2:00 PM||
Annual Meeting Luncheon with Keynote Speaker April Miller Boise, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Eaton
April Miller Boise is executive vice president and chief legal counsel of Eaton plc (NYSE: ETN), an intelligent power management company that provides sustainable solutions to help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, efficiently, and reliably. As a member of Eaton’s executive leadership team, she is actively engaged in all aspects of the company’s business, including developing and implementing strategic initiatives through investment in digital technologies, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other adjacencies. April has global responsibility for legal, corporate governance and board matters, and ethics and compliance, and manages enterprise-wide risks.
April is an accomplished C-suite executive and corporate board member with 25 years’ experience working with companies in a variety of industries including aerospace, electrical products and services, financial services, climate innovation, commercial transportation, automotive, mining, and oil & gas. She has a deep understanding of conducting business across borders and building effective teams despite language and cultural differences. She has extensive experience structuring, leading and negotiating strategic investments around the globe for multinational companies and addressing international challenges.
April serves on the Board of Directors of Trane Technologies a global climate innovator that brings efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes, and transportation. She is active in the community and serves as a Trustee of the Cleveland Clinic, and a member of the Board of the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, the City Club of Cleveland, and the Assembly for the Arts. Previous community involvement includes the Boards of Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospital Systems, Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Zoological Society, and Team NEO.
Previously, April practiced on Wall Street and later led the largest office of an AmLaw 200 law firm as managing partner (Cleveland) and was a member of the firm’s executive committee.
She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. She also completed an executive program in corporate strategy at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and was a German Marshall Fellow.
April is passionate about the role of women in society. She helped build a house on an all women crew with Habitat For Humanity and led an executive women’s tour group to the United Arab Emirates with stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to learn about the role of women in Islamic countries
All activities for the OWBA-OWBF Annual Conference will be hosted at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center.
Free onsite parking is available.