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Women In Law Section

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.

Membership Discount Opportunity with the
Ohio Women's Bar Association

We are pleased to be partnering with the Ohio Women’s Bar Association for this new membership special. As a CMBA Women in Law Member, you now have the opportunity to also join the OWBA for only $30 for a year of membership! Sign up through OWBA here by selecting Affiliate Membership. You must be a CMBA Women in Law Member to take advantage of this discount. Click here to take advantage of this discount

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.

Topic and Speaker Suggestions

CLE topic and speaker suggestions are always welcome! Send us your ideas to CLE and Sections Coordinator, Dominica Essi, at



"Meet us at the Bar" on the first Wednesday of each month at noon.  Each month, a prominent woman in our community visits us to share their experience in developing their career.  Currently, all meetings/CLEs are held remotely online via Zoom unless otherwise noted. 


Section Activities

Bar Journal

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

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.  Email Kari Burns for more information. 


Pro Bono & Community Programs

Become more involved with WIL - join one of our committees! 

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.

WIL Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact the point person below or look for recent announcements to confirm dates and times of the clinics.

Fairhill Partners – Legal Aid Society

  • Quarterly brief advice clinics on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120
  • For low-income individuals with civil legal issues
  • No specific experience required
  • For more information, please contact Dawn McFadden at 

YWCA/Norma Herr Women’s Shelter

  • Monthly brief advice clinic, 4th Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Norma Herr Women’s Shelter, 2227 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
  • For residents at the shelter
  • No specific experience required
  • For more information, please contact Katie Onders at 

Women’s Business Center 

  • Brief advice clinic every other month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Women’s Business Center, 7000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103
  • For low-income, female entrepreneurs
  • The clinic will focus on business law matters for small businesses and start-ups
  • For more information, please contact Catherine Donnelly at 

Northeast Reintegration Center

  • Quarterly brief advice clinic
  • Location: Northeast Reintegration Center, 2675 East 30th, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  • For the female inmates of the Center
  • The clinic will focus on civil matters or issues related to inmates’ pending release
  • For more information, please contact Kendra Davitt at

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 

Women & the Law 

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.

Organizational Tools for Women

National Women’s Law Center

IM Diversity 





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