Women in Law

About the Women in Law Section

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.

Section Activities

Cleveland GELI Forum
Cleveland’s Gender Equity in the Legal Industry (GELI) Forum is a collaboration of local law
firms committed to identifying and addressing gender inequities at private law firms. Join the Cleveland GELI firms on July 16th from 12:00PM to 1:00 PM for a small group virtual discussion related to work-life unbalance in the wake of COVID-19. Register Here

Bar Journal

Section members provide articles for the April issue of the CMBA Bar Journal.

CLE Programs

WIL is a proud supporter of the CMBA's Leadership Series, offering a day of leadership development for women on March 8, International Women's Day.

We offer occasional one-hour and half-day CLEs throughout the year, giving us flexibility to address hot topics as they arise.

Monthly Meetings

Meet us at the Bar on the first Wednesday of each month at noon at the CMBA.  Each month, a prominent woman in our community visits us to share their experience in developing their career.

Social & Networking Events

WIL is one of the most active Sections in the CMBA, offering a wide range of social activities.


Virtual Truffle Making Party!

Register Here for October's Truffle Making Party

Pro Bono & Community Programs

See the tab above for full details on our Lawyers for Women in Crisis program.

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Christina Bushnell 
  Catherine Donnelly
  Awatef Assad
  Mallory Monhemius
 Co-Chair   Co-Chair   Vice-Chair
McFadden Bushnell LLC 
   Yourkvitch & Dibo, LLC
  Cuyahoga County Department of Law
  Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP