Women in Law Section

SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming Section Meetings - click the date for registration details: 

March 5, 2014    April 2, 2014    May 7, 2014    June 4, 2014

 

PowerPoint presentation from the January 8 presentation by Andrea Rocco  

Resources from the July 10 presentation by Colette Gibbons (click title to link to article) 

The Women In Law Section offers an effective platform for women lawyers to advocate on behalf of women in the legal profession. In seeking to improve the standard of excellence in the practice of law, we:

  • Secure the full participation of women in the justice system and the legal profession

  • Empower women to excel by providing effective mentoring, training and support

  • Provide networking opportunities for women lawyers

  • Assist law firms and organizations in their efforts to attract and retain women lawyers

  • Provide women lawyers an avenue to return to the active profession of law

We do this by providing the necessary support, resources, training and networking to women lawyers as well as our male colleagues, and by partnering with other advocacy organizations.  

As women, we know all about giving, supporting others, and doing a great job. But when it comes to our careers, we need to think proactively: take. Take control. Decide where we want to be, and how we are going to get there. Take credit for our accomplishments. Take the initiative to network, and to develop business. Take the initiative to find diverse mentors. Take advantage of opportunities as they arise, especially those outside of our comfort zone. 

 

Dahl 

 

Rebecca Bennett 

 

 Missal 

Sherri L. Dahl 

 

 Rebecca J. Bennett 

 

Patricia Missal 

Chair 

 Roetzel & Andress, LPA

 

Vice Chair 

Frantz Ward LLP 

 

Secretary/Treasurer 

The Numbers Group 

Executive Council
The Executive Council consists of the officers and at least three members at large.

The at large members include:

Rebecca Bennett
Gabe Kelly
Kami Brauer
LeeDaun Williams

Advisory Council
Elaine Eisner
Manju Gupta 
Tracey Turnbull

Click here to view the Section's leadership roster.  

Click here to view the Section's bylaws. 

The Committees are aligned with the objectives of the Section, which are (1) mentoring; (2) networking; (3) professional and community leadership; and (4) advocacy on behalf of women lawyers.

Become more involved with WIL - join one of our committees!   Click here to complete the Section's Volunteer Form. 

 

Membership Development and Advocacy Committee

Chair: Laura James

Vice Chairs: Julie DiBaggio and Mary Stiles

Diversity Circle Liaison: to be named

CMBA Publications Liaison: Ashley Kilbane

The Membership Development and Advocacy Committee seeks to increase the involvement, commitment, and engagement of section members in order to provide a section that advocates for the advancement of women in the legal profession and provides continued value to members. In addition to fostering current relationships with section members, the Committee seeks to increase involvement from law firms, corporations, and government attorneys that are not currently involved in the section in order to create a better awareness of what the section does as well as form strategic relationships.

For the 2012-2013 CMBA year, the Committee will be creating a list of benefits of section membership in order to create printed materials to be used in attracting and retaining new members. Not only does the Section offer free monthly lunches to Section members, but it has reduced cost CLE offerings, numerous networking opportunities, and Food for Thought small group meetings.

The Committee will also be reaching out to women’s initiative and diversity leaders at law firms that are underrepresented in the section. Committee members will engage in discussions with these leaders to determine how the section can best meet the needs of women lawyers and to inform these leaders of the numerous benefits of the section. Time will also be spent reaching out to those current members who are non-lawyers that take advantage of the CMBA’s Affiliate Membership program. Engaging these members will provide the Committee with insight as to the value the section provides to non-lawyers as well as how to attract and retain non-lawyer members.

The Committee will also coordinate with Diversity Circle regarding the Spring Diversity and Inclusion Conference.

Input from existing members is essential to the continued success of the section. Therefore, the Committee will be welcoming and thanking all returning members and seeking input from them regarding how the section can better meet their individual needs.

The Committee is always looking for volunteers who are committed to providing consistent support and help throughout the 2012-2013 CMBA year.

Networking & Mentoring Committee

Co-Chairs: Rebecca Bennett and Gabe Kelly

The Networking & Mentoring Committee will develop fun opportunities for networking and mentoring with other professionals. The first two programs are as follows: 

    Faces & Places

-- Co-Chairs Judy Bodenhamer and Michelle Sheehan (event scheduled for September 20, 2012) 
This evening networking event provided a terrific opportunity for Women in Law members to connect with others within the Cleveland legal and business community through a scavenger hunt and other activities. 

    Food for Thought

-- Chair: Jennifer Jackson

This networking and mentoring program runs from September through May. Groups are formed based on preferences such as breakfast, lunch, or cocktail hour, and geographic location. Group members are diverse, ranging from law students to experienced professionals.   Members should contact Jennifer Jackson to join a group.
 

Professional Development and CLE Committee

Chair and Liaison to the CMBA Staff: Kami Brauer

Vice-Chair: Musette Vincent

The Professional Development & CLE Committee will focus on programming designed to advocate on behalf of women lawyers and to develop and enhance leadership skills within the law firm environment and other legal work environments, and in the community at large. Proceeds from the CLE Program, excluding the December program, remain with the Section.

The Committee is in the process of arranging various other programs to be announced later.

Four or five members needed to help secure speakers, plan programs, and attend/coordinate some of the programs. While the programs are held throughout the year, members should be ready to dive in immediately, as the committee’s activities primarily occur during the first few months of the bar year.


Community Leadership Committee

Co-Chairs: LeeDaun Williams and Margaret Montano

Vice-Chair:  June Seech

The Community Leadership Committee provides women with an opportunity to provide community service, and to develop and demonstrate their community leadership skills. The Committee also reaches out to local law school students, to welcome them to join the Section as student members (for free!) and to take advantage of the opportunity to network with attorneys and to obtain mentoring advice from experienced attorneys.

As of September 5, 2012, the Committee needs one vice-chair, plus two other members to help plan and implement two fall law school events, and a spring community-based program for women. The Committee will ask for additional members to assist with these programs specifically on the days leading up to and including the day of the event.

The Committee liaisons help keep members informed of opportunities to engage in various programs:

The Justice for All Liaison & Legal Aid Liaison will be invited to speak at one meeting, and to keep the Section informed of opportunities to participate in CMBA pro bono activities and CMBA/CMBF-sponsored events.

3Rs Liaison: Sarah Lovequist 

    Law School Faculty Liaisons: 
    Candice Story (Case Western Reserve University) 
    Francie Fields (Cleveland-Marshall) 

    Law School Student Liaisons: 
    Michelle Reese (Case Western Reserve University) 
    To be named (Cleveland-Marshall)

NEW!  The WIL Roster is now available through Section's Community Page.  To access the Community Page, log in to the CMBA website and click on "profile" in the upper right corner.  Select "My Communities" from the menu bar, and then select Women in Law.  The directory is located under the Documents tab.  For more information on Communities, please click here to view the Community Guide 

The Women in Law Section holds meetings at the CMBA at Noon on the first Wednesday of every month, excluding July and December.  Lunch is free for members.  These meetings are intended as an opportunity for networking, mentoring, and becoming more involved with the Section.  Meetings typically end at 1:00, or may be scheduled to run a little longer if accompanied with CLE. Minutes are posted to keep those who are unable to attend informed.  Section Members, and anyone considering membership, are welcome to attend! 

If you are not receiving emails about monthly meetings and other events, your email system may be blocking these messages. Please check whether you can add contacts to prevent this from occurring, or consider asking CMBA to use your personal email address. You can also join our LinkedIn group, check Communities, and check this website for updates. 

Meeting Minutes 

August 2012 

September 2012 

October 2012 

November 2012 

January 2013 

February 2013 

March 2013 

April 2013 

June 2013 

The Women in Law Section invites you to join our LinkedIn group.

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1889443&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr 

The Women in Law members are invited to propose an article they would like to write for the April issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar  Journal.  Click here to view the Submission Guidelines. Proposals should be sent to the Section Chair.

Please click here to view the April 2013 issue of the Bar Journal.

Thank you to the National Association of Women Lawyers for sharing its 2012 Report on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law. Here is a snippet:

"The good news is that, in general, women are holding their own: for example, although median equity partner compensation is down across the board, women's compensation has declined less than men's. The bad news is that along every dimension of comparison, and in spite of law firms' expressed support for gender equity, women have not made significant progress either economically or in reaching leadership roles during the seven years the Survey has measured the impact of gender in law firms."

Click here to view the full report.

Good Reads

        Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Want - by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

        The Comeback - by Emma Gilbey Keller

        Why Women Still Can't Have It All? - by Anne-Marie Slaughter, published in The Atlantic

        Elite Women Put a New Spin on an Old Debate - by Jodi Kantor, published in The New York Times

Professional Associations for Women Lawyers

        American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession 

        National Association of Women Lawyers 

        National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations 

        Ohio Women’s Bar Association 

        National Association of Women Judges 

        The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 

        Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts 

        Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia 

        Minority Corporate Counsel Association 

Business Associations for Women

        National Association of Women Business Owners 

        Catalyst: Expanding Opportunities for Women in Business 

Education Resources for Women

        In House Blog 

        Ms. J.D. Blog at Yale Law School 

        Attorney Mentoring for Women 

        Women’s Rights Law Reporter 

        Hastings Women’s Law Journal 

        Women & the Law 

        Women in Law Empowerment Forum 

Law Firm Resources

        Flex-Time Lawyers LLC® is a national consulting firm advising law firms, corporations and lawyers on work/life balance and the retention and promotion of women attorneys.

        Recruiting and Retaining Minority and Women Lawyers 

Organizational Tools for Women

        National Women’s Law Center 

        IM Diversity 

Sites for the Multi-Tasking Mom

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA)

                Seattle Chapter 

                San Diego Chapter 

        Dress for Success Cleveland 

        Beyond Motherhood 

        The Comeback 

Check out the Women in Law Community to view the latest version of the Section roster, which includes contact info and practice areas for our members.

To access the Community, follow these instructions:

  • Sign in to the CMBA website and select "profile" in the upper right corner. 
  • On the menu bar, select "My Communities" to view a list of your available communities
  • Select Women in Law Section
  • Once inside the Community, the roster is found in the "Documents" tab

Please click here to email Samantha Pringle with any questions, or call the CMBA at 216-696-3525.