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Women and the LawThe newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law

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Newsletter articles from 2011

50 best law firms for women By Cindy G. Buys November 2011 Seven Illinois firms made the annual NAFE/Flex-Time Lawyers list published in the September 2011 issue of Working Mother.
Associate judge shares insights on success as a female in the legal profession By Natalie Lorenz April 2011 Some lessons Judge April Troemper has learned along the way.
Chairman Wilma Liebman: Forging a new process By Melissa M. Olivero April 2011 On January 20, 2009, Wilma Liebman was appointed as the 20th Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board by President Obama, only the second woman to serve in this capacity since the creation of the Board in its current form.
Chair’s column By E. Nicole Carrion November 2011 A message from Committee Chair E. Nicole Carrion.
Chair’s column By E. Nicole Carrion September 2011 A message from Committee Chair E. Nicole Carrion.
Chair’s column By Sandra Crawford April 2011 A look ahead to some of the events sponsored by the Women and The Law Committee.
Championing real diversity in a meaningful way By Shira Truitt June 2011 The author provides a few meaningful ways to champion real diversity.
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network: Women of Influence Luncheon By Sandra Blake September 2011 The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network will honor history-maker and workplace rights advocate Lilly Ledbetter at the Women of Influence luncheon on Wednesday, September 14, at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.
Consultant gives tips for interpreting gender-linked communications styles By Angela Rollins April 2011 A national consultant on gender and communications addressed law students and lawyers at the Second Annual Women in Leadership Dinner in January.
Divorce among professional women By Karen M. Pinkert-Lieb April 2011 Not only are professional women more likely to get divorced, but the number of women paying alimony has almost doubled since the late 90s. Here are some tips to help protect yourself in the event of a divorce.
“Elder Law Issues for Everyone: Your Aging Clients, Their Parents and You”—A great success! By Mary F. Petruchius June 2011 A recap of the recent CLE program co-sponsored by the Women and The Law Committee.
Emotional side of civil union law By Anna Fridman November 2011 The LGBT community in Illinois is now faced with the same issues that heterosexual couples have been grappling with for centuries in one form or another—those related to making an unequivocal proclamation of one’s commitment for the rest of their lives. 
Gender and the Judiciary—A view from the newest justice on the Illinois Supreme Court By Ellen Ogden September 2011 An interview with Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.
Getting to know our very own Young Lawyer of the Year: An interview with Emily Masalski By Mary F. Petruchius September 2011 Get to know more about Emily Masalski, editor of this publication and the 2011 ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year for Cook County.
Getting your first legal job: The necessity of networking By Jessica C. Marshall September 2011 A first-hand account of how networking really works.
Girl Scouts Project Law Track 2011 By Emily N. Masalski April 2011 Female attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women and several teen Girl Scouts have designed a series of dynamic sessions that will culminate in a mock trial in May 2011. Volunteers are still needed-- check out the article to find out how you can help.
Grace behind the gates By Julie A. Neubauer September 2011 Dwight Correctional Center may be beautiful, but for the women incarcerated there it's still a prison.
Highlights from the Luminary of Hope event By Melissa M. Olivero April 2011 Nearly 100 people commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the annual Luminary of Hope event.
Incentives to being woman-owned By Angela Evans November 2011 Being a woman in business does not have to be a disadvantage, especially if you capitalize on the advantages—some of which are outlined here.
Managing expectations—Ours (The lawyers) and theirs (The clients) By Sandra Crawford September 2011 The book, The New Lawyer, How Settlement is Transforming the Practice of Law, can serve as a starting place for any lawyer wishing to examine where she fits into the conflict resolution continuum.
Mid-Year Assembly votes to support CEDAW By Julie A. Neubauer April 2011 The ISBA Assembly voted overwhelmingly, but not unanimously, to stand in support of the US ratification of CEDAW.
National Association of Women Lawyers releases fifth annual survey April 2011 The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and The NAWL Foundation has released the results of their fifth annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms.
The new Civil Union Act and its effect on the Illinois Probate Act By Joanna M. Lekkas November 2011 While intestacy laws may protect surviving spouses who are parties to a civil union, it is important to keep in mind that only six states recognize these unions. Therefore, estate planning for disability and death remain important tools for same-sex couples.
Parliamentary procedure: Unexpectedly doing what is expected By Shira Truitt June 2011 A primer on parliamentary procedure.
Pay it forward By Patrice Ball-Reed June 2011 Two examples of communities that have utilized and benefited from the "pay it forward" concept.
Practice tips: Watch out for anything old, dead, or unlicensed By Angela Evans September 2011 A few practice tips from author Angela Evans.
Stalking No Contact Order Act By Lori G. Levin November 2011 Since the Stalking No Contact Order Act is relatively new, its effectiveness in addressing this behavior has not been fully measured. It does provide a legal remedy to address what can be an alarming and concerning situation
Thanks for the memories By Sandra Crawford June 2011 A farewell note from out-going Chair Sandra Crawford.
Three women on the Court By Michele M. Jochner April 2011 For the first time in history, three women serve on both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
“Together WE Can Make a Difference”—WOMEN EVERYWHERE: PARTNERS IN SERVICE PROJECT April 2011 Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, Inc. (WE) will host its annual Educational Projects Day on Friday, April 15, 2011.