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Calling for Nominations

The OWBA is accepting nominations for the Family Friendly and Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor and Champion Awards. These awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on April 27, 2018.

The deadline to submit a nomination is
March 16, 2018

  OWBA, Cincinnati Bar Association and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Federal Bar host Private Screening of Balancing the Scales 

The Ohio Women's Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association and Cincinnati Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Center for Race, Gender, & Social Justice and UC Law Women hosted a private screening of the documentary Balancing the Scales at the University of Cincinnati College of Law on February 15, 2018. 

Based on interviews conducted over two decades, Balancing the Scales is an insightful look at the story of women lawyers in America. The interviewees include a broad array of lawyers and judges across five generations, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, and Roe v Wade attorney Margie Pitts Hames. Interviews also include state Supreme Court and Appellate Court justices, women equity partners, minority women, young associates and students. They tell their own remarkable and often hilarious stories, from pioneers who paved the way to today’s law students, who don’t yet understand the difficulties they will face in the workplace. It explores how discrimination has shifted from overt to subtle, and why today's women are leaving the profession in droves. It highlights the deep cultural biases and the ingrained presumptions about both the work and the life parts of the work life balance equation. Finally, the film explains why having women in top positions is good for both society and for firms’ bottom lines.

Following the screening, there was a panel discussion that evoked conversation about diversity and inclusion, work/life balance and other themes related to the film. The panel was moderated by Professor Kristin Kalsem, Co-Director of the University of Cincinnati Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and the panel members were - 

  • Sharon Rowen, filmmaker of Balancing the Scales, Principal with R&K Productions, and Founding Partner of Rowen & Klonoski, P.C. 
  • Alicia Bond-Lewis, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Judge Susan Dlott, U.S. District Court, S.D. of Ohio
  • Dean Verna Williams, UC College of Law

Walmart Inc., Senior Vice President and General Counsel Legal Operations to Serve as Keynote at OWBA/OWBF Annual Meeting Luncheon on April 27, 2018

The Ohio Women’s Bar Association and Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation are proud to announce that Phyllis Harris, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Legal Operations of Walmart Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference Meeting Luncheon on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio. Phyllis has earned a reputation for exemplary leadership. In her current role, Phyllis leads a team of lawyers in areas of employment, intellectual property, privacy, data security, government relations and corporate affairs/governance law. In addition, she is responsible for outside counsel management, as well as diversity and attorney development programs. Prior to joining Walmart, Phyllis spent 20 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and earned the rank of Meritorious Executive for her superior accomplishments.

The OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference spans two days with CLE sessions scheduled on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27. Additionally, the OWBA Government Subcommittee will host its Honoring Women in Government Reception at the conference center on the evening of April 26.

This year’s conference theme is Knowledge is Power: Taking Control of Your Career, and will share perspectives from firm leaders, judges and government officials, general counsels and other local leaders and business professionals. The CLE sessions will be the topic of:

  • Gender By Us™ – Challenging implicit biases and gender norms
  • Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: What Can We Do About It
  • Practice & Career Management: Planning and Transitioning – Should I Stay or Should I Go?
  • Forget Work-Life Balance: It’s Just Life!
  • Demonstrating Leadership and Navigating Ethical Considerations During Crisis
  • Getting the Business: Discussion of Givers – How to Excel at Business Development and Lead Your Career

    Click here to view the full conference agenda and details. 

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