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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 2014

Book review By Sue Liemer August 2014 A new book for women in the professional workplace, What Works for Women at Work, explains the gendered behavior patterns and gendered political dynamics of the American workplace and offers a range of strategies for handling them.
Divorce Corp. movie underscores family court woes, collaborative law offers solution By Sandra Crawford April 2014 Although unexplored in the film, for more than 20 years now the practice of collaborative law has offered a highly desirable alternative for couples seeking a “kinder, gentler” divorce.
A final view from the Chair By Mary F. Petruchius April 2014 A message from Committee Chair Mary Petruchius.
The Good Girls Revolt By Mary Kay Devine April 2014 Buy your tickets today and don't miss your chance to network with Chicago's business, community, education, and political leaders at Women Employed's signature gala event.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb By Sandra Blake February 2014 Committee member Sandra Blake reviews this recent release.
Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act By Jennifer B. Wagner August 2014 An overview of this important legislation, which currently awaits the Governor's signature.
International Women’s Day Talking Circle – March 8, 2014 By Sandra Crawford July 2014 The theme of International Women’s Day 2014 is “Inspiring Change.” To explore this theme members of the ISBA, including former chairs of its Women in the Law Committee, came together on March 8th to enjoy spa services and hold a Talking Circle in the common room of the Ally Spa, Chicago.
ISBA unveils exciting new Member Directory! July 2014 Make sure the other members of the ISBA know what sets you apart and can find you easily by activating your member directory profile today.
Pro bono made easy: Stay-at-home lawyers provide free legal assistance to those in need By Cheryl Lipton July 2014 The Pro Bono Network has developed a winning model that provides fully-committed legal representation and services to those in need of help.
Rebels at the Bar, by Jill Norgren By Cindy G. Buys February 2014 Committee member Cindy Galway Buys reviews this thought-provoking book.
Spotlight on Chief Judge Judith K. Brawka, Kane County’s first female Chief Judge By Alice Sackett Henrikson April 2014 Learn more about this fascinating, dynamic woman. 
Spotlight on Jessica Natkin By Jessica C. Natkin August 2014 Learn more about this fascinating Committee member.
Spotlight on Kristen Prinz By Erin Wilson July 2014 An interview with Committee member Kristen Prinz, an employment lawyer and owner of Prinz Law Firm.
Spotlight on Sandy Blake July 2014 Learn more about Sandy Blake, a late-comer to the legal field who has dedicated herself to making up for lost time.
Spotlight on Women and the Law Committee members By Alice Sackett Henrikson February 2014 Learn more about members Patrice Ball-Reed, Sherry Mundorff and Letitia Spunar Sheats.
A Thank You to our Program Sponsors April 2014 Without these supporters the Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of her Legacy program, held at Northern Illinois University on March 21st, would not have been possible.
Update on the 50 best law firms for women (and the 10 best in Chicago) By Cindy G. Buys August 2014 The 2014 results are in. Click here to see which Chicago firms made the list!
U.S. Supreme Court limits Georgia v. Randolph’s consent search exception By Tracy Douglas July 2014 A discussion of Georgia v. Randolph and its ramifications.
A view from the Chair By Letitia Spunar-Sheats August 2014 An update on the Committee's activities from Chair Letitia Spunar-Sheats.
A view from the Chair By Mary F. Petruchius February 2014 A message from Committee Chair Mary Petruchius.
Why celebrate women in the profession? By Julie A. Neubauer February 2014 On January 30, 2014, most ISBA members received a “Save the Date” via e-mail for the Celebrating Women in the Profession Luncheon scheduled for March 13, 2014 at the Union League Club.
Women in conflict—A UN response By Cindy G. Buys and Julia Kaye Wykoff April 2014 Rather than conventional war tools such as guns, tanks, and bombs, raping and abusing women seemingly became a favorite tactic in many war-torn countries.
A word from the Editor By Cindy G. Buys August 2014 Photos from the Annual Meeting in June.
Workplace protective orders: Less-than-ideal protection for victims By Amanda Hall July 2014 The Workplace Violence Prevention Act, which took effect on January 1, 2014, may help victims of violence in some circumstances, but it is far from perfect.