The Ohio Women's Bar Association offers a wide-range of events and programs that can help with your professional development, give you the opportunity to network with colleagues; and enhance your legal career.

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Upcoming events

    • 16 Oct 2015
    • Portage Country Club (240 N. Portage Path, Akron)

    Each year millions of people are being trafficked - like a commodity – by people who are simply looking for power and profit.  Runaways and others are lured into the situation by the promise of love and acceptance and end up being forced into prostitution, threatened and beaten into submission.  What we have called prostitution for hundreds of years is very often a case of human trafficking, plain and simple.  It’s time we changed our perspective and addressed this issue in the Courts. 

    One such endeavor is the Franklin County C.A.T.C.H Court presided over by Judge Paul Herbert.  CATCH stands for “Changing Actions To Change Habits”.  This specialty court seeks to treat prostitution defendants as victims, to determine where they come from and how they got there, and to help them out of the system.  Instead of continually cycling soliciting defendants through the system as criminals who break the law willingly, CATCH Court recognizes them as victims in need of help.  The savings to the community in law enforcement and medical expenses far outweighs the cost.  You will also learn about Summit County’s efforts to combat human trafficking and learn more about what you can do to help.

    11:30-11:45    Registration

    11:45-12:00    History of the Summit County Collaborative and What We Are Doing Today

    12:00-2:00      Franklin County’s CATCH Court – Judge Paul Herbert

    2:00-2:15        Break

    2:15-2:45        Summit County’s Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking – Panel Discussion

    Summit County Juvenile Court’s Restore Court – Jaime Blair
    Enforcement Activities – FBI Agent Chuck Johnson        Expungement - University of Akron Legal Clinic – Joann Sahl & Akron Municipal Court - Judge Katarina Cook

    Application is pending for 2.5 hours CLE. 

    If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Susan Baker Ross at (330) 375-2912 or 

    To register, please follow the instructions on the registration form. Deadline is October 9, 2015. 

    • 05 Nov 2015
    • 06 Nov 2015
    • Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan

    Join the National Association of Women Lawyers in New York City for the General Counsel Institute (“GCI”), SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS: Mastering the Expanding Role of General Counsel as Legal Expert, Business Strategist, and Ethical Leader, on November 5-6 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan.

    The last several years have brought significant changes to the General Counsel position and for many, a rise of greater prominence within their companies. Large-scale forces are transforming the economics of corporations as they face challenges related to accelerating competition, cost controls, technology development, reporting transparency, and Wall Street’s focus on short-term profit maximization.

    As a result, the General Counsel increasingly has a broader scope beyond being strictly a legal advisor to also being a C-suite executive, senior counselor to the Board, the CEO, and the CFO, and the ultimate guardian of the company’s integrity. The General Counsel and her in-house lawyers are expected to understand the full spectrum of their company’s business and provide expert legal advice, business strategy input, and ethical guidance.

    At GCI 11, you will explore ways to create and promote your legal department as a key business partner, develop and employ critical business relationships, and strategically advance your expertise and skills to bolster your prominence within the company. Through powerful personal stories, substantive legal workshops, and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, you will soar to new heights as you develop practical solutions to stay relevant in today’s evolving corporate legal and business environments.

    OWBA members receive a 10% discount off of the full-program ticket price.  The registration code is GCIOWBA2015.

    To learn more and register, visit  

    • 17 Nov 2015
    • McDonald Hopkins LLC (600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100, Cleveland)

    Join us to gain insight into energy matters facing Ohio from the judges who helped shape current law.

    Topics covered will include:

             Effective practices before the judges
             Where energy litigation is headed
             Case law updates

    McDonald Hopkins LLC
    600 Superior Avenue, East, Suite 2100
    Complimentary valet parking.
    There is no fee for this program.


    Judge Julie Selmon
    Monroe County Court of Common Pleas

    Judge Mary DeGenaro
    Seventh District Court of Appeals

    Judge Pat Delaney
    Fifth District Court of Appeals


    Kendra Sherman
    Squire Patton Boggs

    Beth Gillin
    McDonald Hopkins     

    Register Now!

    Sponsored By:


Past events

17 Sep 2015 Dayton Area Golf and Networking Event
10 Sep 2015 OWBF 2015 Leadership Luncheon Columbus Ohio
02 Sep 2015 Women's Law Student Association (WLSA) Networking & Social Event
25 Jun 2015 6th Annual Leading With Style, Cincinnati
11 Jun 2015 Avoid Hanging in the Balance: Effective Practices for Work-Life Integration
21 May 2015 May 21, 2015 OWBA/OWBF Annual Meeting Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square Columbus Ohio
20 May 2015 Honoring Women in Government
01 May 2015 Kentucky Oaks Day Race-Viewing & Social
18 Apr 2015 Columbus Area Community Service Event
09 Apr 2015 OWBA - 2015 Founders' Gala
28 Mar 2015 Handling Guns Safely
19 Mar 2015 POSTPONED Until Further Notice - Ohio Shale: A Judge’s and Practitioner’s Perspective on Issues Surrounding Ohio’s Oil and Gas Boom
12 Mar 2015 Defending Your Sole - Cincinnati
08 Feb 2015 Pretzel Bar Social Ronald McDonald House 350 Erkenbrecher Avenue Cincinnati Ohio
28 Jan 2015 Columbus Area New Admittee Coffee
11 Dec 2014 Defending Your Sole - Cleveland
11 Dec 2014 Reception Honoring Southwest Ohio's Newest Women Attorneys
11 Dec 2014 The Essence of Presence
20 Nov 2014 Giving Back Statewide Event
31 Oct 2014 Morning Social at Panera located in the heart of Montrose
24 Oct 2014 The Norman S. Minor Bar Associations Annual Trailblazer Luncheon
22 Oct 2014 OWBA and CO-ACC Cooking with In-House Counsel
30 Sep 2014 The Women'sbook 6th Annual Release Party 0930 2014 Presenting Sponsor: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
28 Jul 2014 2014 Golf Classic Outing
19 Jun 2014 Leading With Style: Increase Your Odds for Success, Cincinnati
31 May 2014 Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup, Cleveland
22 May 2014 Bourbon & Banter - Cincinnati, Ohio
22 May 2014 OWBF Annual Leadership Luncheon Columbus Ohio
08 May 2014 May 8 2014 OWBA/OWBF Annual Meeting Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square Columbus Ohio
01 May 2014 Let's Connect, a Dayton Social Event
23 Apr 2014 Government (Public-Sector) Subcommittee Meeting
20 Apr 2014 Ice Cream Social Ronald McDonald House 350 Erkenbrecher Avenue Cincinnati Ohio
17 Apr 2014 TWBA and OWBA Spring Mixer - Toledo, Ohio
16 Apr 2014 Leading with Style - Columbus
08 Apr 2014 Creating A Level Playing Field {Valley View, OH}
27 Mar 2014 How To Lean In When You Are In-House {Columbus}
20 Mar 2014 YWCA Columbus Leadership Luncheon Series
27 Feb 2014 Women & Whiskey - Join the OWBA, IWIRC and CMBA WIL Section for "Women & Whiskey" on February 27
20 Feb 2014 Reception Honoring Columbus Ohio's Newest Women Attorneys
23 Jan 2014 Reception Honoring NE Ohio's Newest Women Attorneys
12 Dec 2013 Celebration of Excellent Women
11 Dec 2013 Reception Honoring Dayton's Newest Women Attorneys
04 Dec 2013 Reception Honoring Southwest Ohio's Newest Women Attorneys
21 Nov 2013 An Evening at Saks
21 Nov 2013 eDiscovery 101: An Introduction
07 Nov 2013 Giving Back Statewide Event
01 Nov 2013 Morning Social at Panera located in the heart of Montrose
25 Oct 2013 NSMBA Annual Trailblazer Luncheon
19 Sep 2013 Reminger Women's Initiative Vanguard Award Gala
19 Sep 2013 Mix & Mingle
18 Jul 2013 Northeast Ohio's Summer Book Discussion
20 Jun 2013 Leading with Style - Cincinnati
31 May 2013 Demystifying Social Media: The Business Case
30 May 2013 OWBF Leadership Luncheon
15 May 2013 OWBA Mentoring Circles #3
18 Apr 2013 OWBA Networking Event: Coffee & Conversations
17 Apr 2013 OWBA Spring Social
02 Apr 2013 OWBA Board Meeting
07 Mar 2013 OWBA Founders' Gala
05 Mar 2013 OWBA Executive Committee Meeting
27 Feb 2013 OWBA In-House Subcomittee: Mix and Mingle at Middle West Spirits
05 Feb 2013 OWBA Board Meeting
31 Jan 2013 OWBA Mentoring Circles #2
08 Jan 2013 OWBA Executive Committee Meeting
13 Dec 2012 Southwest Ohio's New Women Attorneys Reception
13 Dec 2012 Celebration of Outstanding Women
04 Dec 2012 OWBA Board Meeting
04 Dec 2012 Coffee & Conversations Meet & Greet for Central Ohio's New Women Attorneys
15 Nov 2012 OWBA In-House Subcommittee Inaugural Event
09 Nov 2012 OWBA Mentoring Circles
08 Nov 2012 OWBA Community Service Project at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
25 Oct 2012 Leading with Style-Columbus
18 Oct 2012 YWCA: The Power of Choice
17 Oct 2012 Akron Wine Tasting
10 Oct 2012 Business Growth and Tax Strategies
09 Oct 2012 OWBA Board Meeting
24 Sep 2012 Ohio Women's Bar Association's 2012 Golf Classic
20 Sep 2012 YWCA: The Power of Self Promotion
16 Aug 2012 YWCA: The Power of Politics
09 Aug 2012 Work-Life Balance & the Idea of “Having It All”
07 Aug 2012 OWBA Board Meeting
19 Jul 2012 Northeast Ohio's New Women Attorney Reception
14 Jun 2012 Leading with Style - Cincinnati
17 May 2012 The Power of Asking
10 May 2012 OWBA Annual Meeting SPONSORSHIPS
01 May 2012 OWBA Executive Board Meeting
01 May 2012 OWBA Listening Tour - Columbus
25 Apr 2012 OWBA Listening Tour - Toledo
18 Apr 2012 OWBA Listening Tour - Akron
11 Apr 2012 OWBA Listening Tour - Cincinnati
03 Apr 2012 OWBA Board Meeting
23 Mar 2012 OWBA Listening Tour - Northeast Ohio
20 Mar 2012 OWBA Listening Tour - Dayton
15 Mar 2012 The Power of Experience
15 Mar 2012 OWBA Mentoring Breakfast-Cleveland
15 Mar 2012 OWBA Mentoring Breakfast-Cincinnati
15 Mar 2012 OWBA Mentoring Breakfast-Columbus
06 Mar 2012 OWBA Executive Board Meeting
21 Feb 2012 OWBA Community Service: Cleveland Foodbank
16 Feb 2012 The Power of Managing Expectations
07 Feb 2012 OWBA Board Meeting
19 Jan 2012 The Power of Letting Go
08 Dec 2011 Central Ohio's New Women Attorneys Reception
01 Dec 2011 Mix & Mingle at Middle West Spirits
30 Nov 2011 Southern Ohio's New Women Attorneys Reception
17 Nov 2011 The Power of Ownership
20 Oct 2011 The Power of Standing Alone
18 Oct 2011 OWBA Community Service: Mid-Ohio Foodbank
28 Sep 2011 How Attorneys Can Help Victims of Human Trafficking
19 Sep 2011 Ohio Women's Bar Association's 2011 Cleveland Golf Classic
15 Sep 2011 The Power of Failure
18 Aug 2011 The Power of Dreams
03 Aug 2011 The Art of Negotiation OWBA CLE
21 Jul 2011 Northeast Ohio's New Women Attorneys Reception
23 Jun 2011 Leading with Style - Cincinnati
19 May 2011 The Power of (Not) Doing It All
18 May 2011 2011 OWBA Women's Forum & Annual Meeting
28 Apr 2011 Leading with Style - Cleveland
29 Mar 2011 The Art of Negotiation OWBA CLE
24 Mar 2011 The Power of Gratitude
16 Mar 2011 Women's Impact Series: First in Community Service
03 Mar 2011 Leading with Style - Columbus
19 Aug 2010 The Power of No
27 Jul 2010 Tips of the Trade-Cleveland: "Leadership Initiatives: Ideas For Your Firm"
22 Jul 2010 New Admittee Reception-Cleveland
15 Jul 2010 Tips of the Trade-Akron: "Leadership Initiatives: Ideas For Your Firm"
13 Jul 2010 Tips of the Trade-Cincinnati: "Leadership Initiatives: Ideas For Your Firm"
24 Jun 2010 Tips of the Trade
16 Jun 2010 Leading With Style-Cincinnati
16 Jun 2010 Leading With Style-Cincinnati, VIP Reception
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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