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  • 26 Apr 2022 2:52 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Leadership Institute graduate, Casteel Borsay, The Wendy's Company, explained during the 2021-2022 program that the Columbus Duck Race was near and dear to her heart and fellow cohort members asked for more information.  OWBF agrees this is a worthwhile cause and wanted to share on behalf of the 2021-2022 LI class.  If you are interested in learning more.

    This year's race will take place in the new vibrant Bridge Park community and thousands of ducks will be raced down a water slide.  This is a new venue from pre-covid times and the planning committee is excited.  The mission of their efforts is to raise money for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

    Casteel's story - 

    Would you consider joining me in supporting pediatric research at Nationwide Children's Hospital by participating in this years' Duck Race? When my son Luke was very sick 4 years ago, he benefited from the invaluable work of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at NCH, including receiving a blood transfusion to optimize septic shock resuscitation. I joined the Development Board of NCH and am honored to serve as co-chair of this years' Duck Race as a way to give back and help ensure that other families can receive the same life-changing care and hope that we received.

    There are many ways you can join me in supporting pediatric research:

    1. Buy Rubber Duck Racers

    Each "duck" or race entry starts at only $5, and we have multiple quantity levels available. On Race Day, July 30th (see more below), we will race thousands of rubber ducks down a 300ft slip & slide where a Nationwide Children's Hospital Patient Champion will pluck 3 lucky ducks to win cash prizes ($3,000, $2,000, and $1,000)! Prior to the event you will receive your duck's assigned number(s). Winners will be announced at the race and contacted after the event if you cannot attend. 

    Solo Duck – $5

    Family of Ducks - $25 - 6 Racer Ducks

    Flock of Ducks - $50 - 12 Racer Ducks

    Colony of Ducks - $100 - 25 Racer Ducks

    Gaggle of Ducks - $250 - 60 Racer Ducks

    (Borsay) Brood of Ducks - $500 - 130 Racer Ducks 

    Please join me in changing lives one duck at a time, by purchasing ducks here

    2. Buy Duck Race Merchandise

    We are thrilled to be partnering this year with MADFuns Etsy Shop to sell t-shirts (adult and kid sizes), tote bags, and kids capes to help raise more funds and awareness about the event and its great cause. 70% of proceeds will be donated to the Duck Race. You can check out and purchase merchandise here:

    3. Attend Race Day

    After two years virtual, we are SO excited to be back in-person this year. New location, same great cause! This years' Duck Race will take place on Saturday, July 30th at Riverside Crossing Park in Dublin, Ohio -- right across the street from the vibrant Bridge Park area and directly following the Dublin Farmers Market. The rubber duck race will take place around noon, with fun, family-friendly activities in the area to enjoy before and after. Be sure to wear your duck race shirt, sport your duck race tote, and bring your little superheroes dawned in their capes for some extra fun! It's an event you won't want to miss!

    Our family knows first-hand how incredible the work of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute truly is.* For as little as $5, you can help raise awareness and help Nationwide Children’s continue to provide the very best outcomes for children and caring for every child, for every reason.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    *See Luke's Patient Champion Story here:

  • 21 Mar 2022 5:26 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Career Development Office would like to invite your organization to participate in our 2022 Fall Recruitment Program!

    Case Western Reserve University School of Law students are well-prepared for positions as law clerks, summer associates, and new attorneys. Our unique curriculum introduces students to cutting edge areas of law and emphasizes the development of practical legal skills. Our integrated leadership skills and legal research and writing program is a distinctive skills-based program that stretches across all three years of law school, culminating in a semester-in-practice for all third year students. Through the program, students learn, perform, and master vital skills such as fact gathering, witness interviewing, client counseling, contract drafting, negotiation strategies and techniques, strategic problem solving, and legal research and writing. Students also hone their own professional development skills through this required program.

    Our curriculum also includes formal concentration programs in Business Law, Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Health Law, International Law, Public Interest Law, as well as, Law, Technology & the Arts. Our Academic Centers include the Burke Center for Environmental Law, the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the Law-Medicine Center, and the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts. Our students benefit greatly through their work in our Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic, which provides students with the opportunity to serve clients and gain experience in appellate litigation, community development law, environmental law, First Amendment law, health law, housing law, human trafficking law, IP venture law, immigration law, and second chance reentry law.

    The 2022 Fall Recruitment Program provides employers with the opportunity to recruit outstanding students through a variety of options, locally in Cleveland and throughout the country. For all of our programs, employers select 100 percent of the students they wish to interview and there are no fees.

    Register for the Fall Recruitment Program online at: .

    Early Interview Week:

    Early Interview Week will take place from August 1 - 3 in person at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, located at One Cleveland Center, 1375 E 9th Street, AND from August 4 - 5 virtually through FloRecruit. Employers will have the opportunity to interview second- and third-year law students for summer and permanent employment. Register for Early Interview Week here.

    Virtual Interview Programs:

    Over half of our students are non-Ohio residents and many of our students are interested in employment opportunities outside of Ohio. As such, Case Western Reserve University School of Law provides you with a cost-effective opportunity to interview our talented second- and third-year law students (either virtually through FloRecruit or at your office) interested in working in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, DC, and Boston: 

    □   Southern California Virtual Program, July 22, 2022

    □   New York Virtual Program, July 25, 2022

    □   Chicago Virtual Program, July 27, 2022

      Washington, D.C. Virtual Program, July 29, 2022

    □   New England (Virtual) Interview Program, August 5, 2022 - Held jointly with eight other law schools

    Register for one or more of our Virtual Interview Programs here.

    On-Campus Interviews:

    Employers can also interview second- and third-year law students on-campus at the law school or virtually through FloRecruit. On-campus interviews will be held August 30 - October 21. Register for Case Western's virtual or in-person On-Campus Interview Program here.

    Resume Collect or Resume Direct Service:

    For employers who are unable to participate in our interview programs but still wish to consider our talented students, we invite participation in our Resume Collect or Resume Direct services. For Resume Collect, the SSCDO will gather and electronically send students' application materials to employers for review. For Resume Direct, the SSCDO will advertise the position and students will apply directly to the employer. Register for Resume Collect or Resume Direct service here.

    Posting Available Opportunities Year-Round:

    Can't wait until Fall? Employers may also post year-round for law student, new graduate, or lateral positions. If you are interested in hiring a law student as a clerk with an immediate start or if you need to hire a new graduate or experienced attorney for a new associate or lateral position, we can assist you. Complete the job posting form online here.

    Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the Student Services & Career Development Office at or 216.368.6353. We look forward to your participation in our Fall Recruitment Program!


  • 14 Feb 2022 7:23 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Join OWBA's First and Twelfth Districts as they host a networking session coupled with a panel discussion of Women Who Lead Their Own Law Firms on March 3, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 PM ET.

    This in-person event will feature a panel of experienced women including Elizabeth Tuck, Founder, The Tuck Firm, Michaela Stagnaro, Partner, Stagnaro Hannigan Koop Co., LPA, Shawn Evans, Partner Goldberg Evans, and Elizabeth Tye, Partner, Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Tye LLC, who lead their own law firms discussing those matters relevant to others looking to lead their own firm or simply learn more.

    We know that these women have a leadership presence that is significant beyond personal tales of achievement because despite the positive effects of firm-sanctioned initiatives for female lawyers, true industry change comes when women have economic and institutional influence within the profession.

    For these women, their firms' buck stops at their feet. And in a time when the professional feats of successful women are rare, they can be seen as superheroes.  You'll find it refreshing to note that they can sometimes be found with bare feet discreetly hidden under their desks because after so much time, stilettos can be painful.

    $25 for Members
    $35 for Non-Members
    This session will include networking time, beverages and snacks and a panel discussion.

    1.5 CLE hours pending approval.

    This event will be held at Frost Brown Todd's West Chester Township office at 9277 Centre Pointe Drive, Suite 300, West Chester Township, Ohio 45069.

    Registration Limit
    This event is being limited to the first 30 who register.

  • 14 Feb 2022 7:19 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    This 90-minute free online CLE panel discussion on February 23 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET, hosted by the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and the Toledo Women’s Bar Association will provide information as to why women are disproportionately burdened and how to avoid or mitigate some of the challenges faced. 

    Women have been caught between the work front and the home front for years and now, we have an increasingly elderly population on one end of the spectrum and a generation of children on the other.  Sandwiched in the middle are the 40-to-59-year old Americans who are responsible for both their parents’ and their children’s well-being.  This middle cohort is growing.  Nearly half (47%) of adults between 40-59 years old care for an elderly parent.  Between 2016 and 2060, it’s expected that the number of Americans ages 65 and older to increase by 92%.  According to AARP Public Policy Institute, family members are “the single largest source” of support to the elderly population.  Women in the sandwich generation are disproportionately burdened by the financial, domestic, and emotional dependencies of their family members. To explain why that is, we need to apply the gender lens to three contributing factors: pay equity, unpaid labor, and labor force participation.  Participants will receive a post-event deliverable with resources and information that will assist those facing the care of parents.

    Facilitated by Shennan Harris, Associate, Squire Patton Boggs with panelists Sarah Corney, Partner, Robinson Curphey & O'Connell, Susan DiMickele, Senior Vice President of Senior Services & General Counsel, National Church Residences, Susan Choe, Executive Director, Ohio Legal Help, Diana Wiebe, Communications & Program Manager,  Ohio Legal Help, and Anne Marie Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Bella Crescita Managing Consulting and Foresight Marketing, LLC.

    1.5 Hours of CLE Approved

  • 14 Feb 2022 4:07 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court of Ohio has revised the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio regarding probate matters related to the rights and safety of people under court guardianship.

    Amendments to Rules 66—66.09 improve procedures for disputed visitation of wards – people under a court’s legal care who are not able to look after their own affairs. The amendments also are aimed at raising awareness of potential abuse, fraud, and exploitation. The changes go into effect on July 1.

    Revisions include:

    • Addressing situations where a prospective ward is prevented from receiving a required mental health examination;
    • Clarifying the guardian’s role in determining people the ward can contact, and to facilitate visitation if it’s in the ward’s best interest;
    • Requiring the training of prospective guardians on abuse, neglect, and exploitation issues;
    • Mandating that guardians report abuse, neglect, or exploitation to law enforcement or the long-term care ombudsman when appropriate. An ombudsman is an advocate for people receiving home care, assisted living, and nursing-home care.

    The changes were recommended by the Supreme Court’s Commission on the Rules of Superintendence. The initial proposals, which received public comment last year, were suggested by the Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio Association of Probate Judges.

  • 14 Feb 2022 3:55 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Leadership Institute of Women of Color Attorneys (LIWOCA) is a national organization dedicated to providing a community within the practice of law for women of color attorneys through educational and networking opportunities. This year LIWOCA will be hosting its 17th annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia from March 23-25.

    For more information visit

  • 10 Feb 2022 5:22 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    February 10, 2022 -- Judge Patricia A. Gaughan, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that Magistrate Judge David A. Ruiz and Bridget Meehan Brennan, Esq. were sworn in today to serve as United States District Judges in Cleveland. Judges Ruiz and Brennan were nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to serve life terms. The newly appointed judges replace District Judges Oliver and Polster, who assumed senior status in February 2021.

    Judge Ruiz has served the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio since October 1, 2016, when he was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge. He joined the Court with 16 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation. Prior to his appointment, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio beginning in 2010. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Ruiz served in the Litigation Department of Calfee Halter & Griswold, LLP in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 years. He received his B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1997, where he also earned his J.D. in 2000. He was inducted into Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Cuarenta/Cuarenta “40 under 40” Class of 2006, honoring Hispanic leaders in Northeast Ohio for community service and achievements.

    Judge Brennan recently served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Since she first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007, she had served in the positions of First Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Civil Rights Unit, and Ethics Advisor. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a litigation associate at Baker Hostetler in Cleveland. Judge Brennan was appointed to the Northern District of Ohio’s Advisory Committee and served as Co-Chair of its Subcommittee on Criminal Rules. She earned her B.A. from John Carroll University in 1997 and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2000.

    Chief Judge Gaughan said, “We are very excited to have David Ruiz and Bridget Brennan join the Court as District Judges. They have the judicial temperament, intelligence, work ethic, and commitment to justice to be invaluable assets to our Bench.”

    The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has court locations in Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, and Youngstown and serves 6 million citizens in the 40 northern most counties in Ohio.

  • 26 Jan 2022 10:14 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    It’s a new year and a convenient, new beginning for prospective Ohio attorneys.

    Starting today, the administrative process for admittance into the state’s bar will be completed online.

    The Supreme Court of Ohio’s Office of Bar Admissions finished a transition, which began before the pandemic, from a paper-only system to an electronic one.

    “This new format makes us more efficient, freeing us up to be more available and pay attention to other things,” Attorney Services Director Gina Palmer said.

    The digital transition allows applicants to submit the required documents electronically, and gives them the convenience of paying fees by credit card, debit card, or an electronic bank transfer. Previously, the Supreme Court only accepted cashier’s checks or money orders.

    The procedure to determine whether candidates are eligible to pursue an Ohio law license takes months. During that time, the Court investigates and assesses if a person’s character, fitness, and moral qualifications to practice in the state are met.

    If approved, those seeking to become attorneys must take, and pass, the Ohio Bar Examination – administered every February and July.

  • 27 Oct 2021 12:12 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    We are inviting all companies and firms to consider sponsoring the 2021 Ohio Women’s Bar Association and the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation’s Leading the Way Award Celebration, which will take place on November 18 in Columbus at The Reception Hall at Raymond Memorial from 5:00-6:30 p.m. At this time, the two organizations will join together to honor Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt with the prestigious 2021 OWBA-OWBF Leading the Way Award.

    The Leading the Way Award combines two historical awards for both organizations: the OWBA Founder's Award and the OWBF Leading the Way Award. Past recipients of both awards have been recognized for their commitment, service and leadership that has paved the way for other women in the law to follow.

    If you are aware of a company or firm interested in supporting the OWBA and OWBF with event sponsorship, please find sponsorship opportunities below.

    Gold Sponsor: $1,250

    • Company name/logo featured on all Leading the Way Celebration promotion and collateral
    • Company name/logo featured on the OWBA website; home page and event page
    • Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event
    • Seven (7) event tickets

    Silver Sponsor: $750

    • Company name/logo featured on all Leading the Way Celebration promotion and collateral
    • Company name/logo featured on the OWBA website; event page
    • Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event
    • Five (5) event tickets

    Bronze Sponsor: $500

    • Company name featured on all Leading the Way Celebration promotion and collateral
    • Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event
    • Three (3) event tickets

    Recipient Supporter: $100

    • One (1) event ticket
      Acknowledgement by master of ceremonies during the event

    To commit to a sponsorship of the Celebration, click here or for event information, click here.

    Questions? Contact the OWBA-OWBF office at (866) 932-6922 or

  • 15 Oct 2021 3:57 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has a sizable void following the passing of two sitting jurists.

    Judges Nancy McDonnell and Joseph Russo died recently, at 61 and 59, respectively.

    “It was a privilege to serve alongside Judge McDonnell and Judge Russo for so many years,” said Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly, a fellow Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge from 2005 to 2018.

    “The thing I will always remember about both of them was their positivity. They treated everyone they encountered with respect and kindness,” Justice Donnelly said.

    Judge McDonnell, the court’s first female administrative and presiding judge from 2006 to 2009, had endured health issues for decades, culminating in a double lung transplant in 2009.

    She had been a judge on the court since 1997.

    “Judge McDonnell was, quite simply, one of the strongest persons I have ever known,” said the court’s current administrative and presiding Judge Brendan Sheehan. “Her nearly 25 years on the bench were distinguished, and she brought compassion and caring to her role as a judge.”

    Prior to the common pleas court, the John Marshall College of Law graduate – now Cleveland-Marshall College of Law – was a magistrate for the city of Lakewood and a Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

    Cuyahoga County’s “community-based correctional facility” – designed to reduce criminal behavior and divert eligible males convicted of a felony from the state prison system – was named the McDonnell Center in her honor.

    Judge McDonnell is survived by her husband, Assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor John Kosko; their three children; seven siblings; and her extended family.

    Judge Russo had been on the bench since 2001 until his unexpected death four days after Judge McDonnell’s passing.

    “As a court family, our grief is doubled at this time,” Judge Sheehan said. “Joe Russo has been my colleague on the bench for 12 years, and his loss will be felt by the legal community and the citizens of Cuyahoga County.”

    A private practitioner for a decade before his judgeship, Judge Russo presided over the court’s commercial docket, which adjudicates complex business disputes.

    He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

    Judge Russo is survived by his wife, Diana; their two children; his mother; two siblings; and his extended family.

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