Thursday, April 21, 2022
1:00 - 2:00 PM  

Claiming Our Power Over the Criminal Justice System (1.00 CLE approved)
Moderator: Ashley Oliker, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd
Panelists: Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt, 10th District Court of AppealsJanica Pierce Tucker, Partner-In-Charge, Taft Law and Kate McGarvey, Executive Director, Ohio State Legal Services Association

Our esteemed panel will discuss access to the justice system including criminal justice, landlord tenant issues, and defense.

2:05 - 3:05 PM

Claiming Our Power Over the Legal Field: Reflecting on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Impact on the Legal Field (1.00 CLE approved)
Moderator: Parag Shah, VP and Chief Ethics Officer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Panelists: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody J. StewartProf. Deborah Jones Merritt, Ohio State Moritz College of Law and Kelley Griesmer, President & CEO, Women's Fund of Central Ohio

Parag Shah will lead a panel of an Ohio Supreme Court Justice and attorneys in discussion regarding the impact that Justice Ginsburg made through her service on the U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and her work as an appellate litigator prior to serving on the bench, as well as her many "firsts" in the field of law that opened the doors for future generations of attorneys. The panel of attorneys will explore how women in the law can use Justice Ginsburg’s example to strengthen their legal skills and become more effective in their practice.

3:20 - 4:20 PM

Claiming Our Power Over Intersectionality to Achieve Racial and Gender Equality (1.00 CLE Approved)
Moderator: Lavell O. Payne Brown, Managing Counsel, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Panelists: Stephanie Adams, Senior Corporate Counsel, Sherwin WilliamsCarol N. Tran, Magistrate and Judicial Attorney, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General DivisionIvy K. Banks, Vice President Institutional Diversity & Inclusion/ Chief Diversity Officer, Xavier University and Moriah K. Cheatham Williams, Associate, Roetzel & Andress

The Ohio Supreme Court’s 2019 Profile of the Legal Profession in Ohio indicates that 59% of Ohio’s 38,189 attorneys identify as men, versus 38% of Ohio attorneys who identify as women. 81.1% of those 38,189 Ohio attorneys identity as White.

The practice of law is centered in large part around technical skills and relationship management. However, women experience the practice differently than their male counterparts. Those differences in practice are further exacerbated for minority women. This panel will explore the intersection of race and gender in the practice of law and provide thoughts and techniques around empowerment and leveraging authenticity, mentorship, and sponsorship to achieve racial and gender equity.

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Claiming Our Power Over Misinterpretations – What is Critical Race Theory? (1.00 CLE Approved)
Moderator: Jennifer Battle, Partner, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP
Panelists: Jennifer Anne Adair, Member, Columbus City Schools Board of Education; Catherine Strauss, Office Managing Partner, IceMiller; Kayah Woodford, Founding Board Member at Bexley Anti-Racism Project and Political Science Student at The Ohio State University; and Kyle Strickland , Senior Legal Analyst, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Critical race theory is receiving significant attention in the media.  Our panelists will explain what critical race theory is and what it is not from a legal standpoint and the implications when it is misunderstood.

Friday, April 22, 2022
8:30 - 9:30 AM

Claiming Our Power Over Changing Technology and Working Environments (1.00 CLE Approved)
Moderator: Kami Brauer, Owner, The Law Firm of Kami D. Brauer, LLC.
Panelists: Kim Riley, Chief Operating Officer - Northeast Region, Hylant

We will have a coffee chat with Kim Riley who will discuss how attorneys can survive and thrive in the virtual environment. We will cover how to use lighting, body language, and effective communication strategies as we prepare to embrace all aspects of the virtual practice of law including interacting with clients and the court. How does a technologically enabled law practice look beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar law firm?  We will also consider effective virtual team engagement and management for lawyers who are also people leaders.

9:40 - 10:40 AM  

Claiming Our Power Over Our Legal Careers (1.00 CLE Approved)
Moderator: Molly Lang, AVP, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Panelists: Mary Jo Hudson, Partner, Squire Patton BoggsJanice Innis-Thompson, SVP, Corporate Operations and Litigation Legal, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Amber Lee Williams, SVP and Deputy General Counsel, Bath and Body Works

Our esteemed panelists will share how specific legal skills and competencies like effective client communication, navigating mistakes, and negotiating skills are transferable when supporting clients from different sectors (in-house, government, law firms, and compliance). The panelists will also share strategies for enhancing our effectiveness as trusted advisors and advocates.
10:50 - 11:50 AM  

Claiming Our Power Over Ourselves (1.00 CLE Approved)
Moderator: Lucy Higgins, Associate Director, Array
 Rebecca Cervenak, Disability Rights Attorney, Liner Legal and Stephanie Hanna, Founder + Owner, The Other 85

The practice of law, while empowering, can also be daunting and stressful.  To be our best selves, we need to ensure we are physically and mentally on top of our game!  Repeated exposure to a client's trauma and listening to their pain can take a toll on even the strongest healthy professional. It can negatively impact your work and your relationships with others.  Our speakers will provide tools on how to manage professional and personal stress to ensure women lawyers can thrive in their practice of law and serve their clients to the best of their ability. We will learn how to recognize trauma, compassion fatigue, stress and burnout, and the importance of resilience and self-care, including helpful self-care techniques such as meditation and yoga. We will also examine the impact that trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness have on incarcerated people and how they can promote rehabilitation, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety.
12:15 -2:00 PM  

Annual Meeting Luncheon with Keynote Speaker April Miller Boise, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Eaton

April Miller Boise is executive vice president and chief legal counsel of Eaton plc (NYSE: ETN), an intelligent power management company that provides sustainable solutions to help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, efficiently, and reliably. As a member of Eaton’s executive leadership team, she is actively engaged in all aspects of the company’s business, including developing and implementing strategic initiatives through investment in digital technologies, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and other adjacencies. April has global responsibility for legal, corporate governance and board matters, and ethics and compliance, and manages enterprise-wide risks.

April is an accomplished C-suite executive and corporate board member with 25 years’ experience working with companies in a variety of industries including aerospace, electrical products and services, financial services, climate innovation, commercial transportation, automotive, mining, and oil & gas. She has a deep understanding of conducting business across borders and building effective teams despite language and cultural differences. She has extensive experience structuring, leading and negotiating strategic investments around the globe for multinational companies and addressing international challenges.

April serves on the Board of Directors of Trane Technologies a global climate innovator that brings efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes, and transportation. She is active in the community and serves as a Trustee of the Cleveland Clinic, and a member of the Board of the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, the City Club of Cleveland, and the Assembly for the Arts. Previous community involvement includes the Boards of Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospital Systems, Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Zoological Society, and Team NEO.

Previously, April practiced on Wall Street and later led the largest office of an AmLaw 200 law firm as managing partner (Cleveland) and was a member of the firm’s executive committee.

She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. She also completed an executive program in corporate strategy at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and was a German Marshall Fellow.

April is passionate about the role of women in society. She helped build a house on an all women crew with Habitat For Humanity and led an executive women’s tour group to the United Arab Emirates with stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to learn about the role of women in Islamic countries

For sponsorship details, contact the OWBA & OWBF office at or (866) 932-6922

Location Details 

Nationwide Hotel
& Conference Center

100 Green Meadows Drive, South
Lewis Center, OH 43035

All activities for the OWBA-OWBF Annual Conference will be hosted at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center. 

Free onsite parking is available. 

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