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

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.

On April 6, the Section welcomed former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery, who shared her ten rules for success, both professional and personal.  Among those in attendance were several law students from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  

Social Events
WIL is one of the most active Sections in the CMBA, offering a wide range of social activities.  From the WIL Wellness Retreat to the Kentucky Oaks Race Day celebration, held the first Friday of May, WIL has an event for everyone!  Join us to see how WIL can benefit you personally and professionally.

The Women in Law Section presented their Women Honoring Women awards on March 8, following their inaugural International Women's Day CLE event. Congratulations to the 2016 award recipients: Ann Porath, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Public Sector; Kerin Lyn Kaminski, Giffen & Kaminski, LLC, Firm; Kristen Cavin, Forest City Enterprises, Rising Star; Adrienne Stemen, Swagelok Co., In-House; and Maria Shinn, Shinn Lanter, Small Firm/Solo.

Pro Bono & Community Programs
See the tab above for full details on our Lawyers for Women in Crisis program.

No content found

No content found

No content found



Amelia J. Leonard
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

Gabrielle T. Kelly
Vice Chair
Brouse McDowell

Betsy Rader
Thorman Petrov Co., LPA