Section Newsletter Articles on Women

Mother, wife, lawyer: A balancing act By Ashley Kwasneski Young Lawyers Division, December 2010 Juggling the demands of parenthood with a successful career.
Consider yourself asked to run for public office By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, November 2010 The “Women Running for Public Office” forum addressed the challenges faced by women running for public office and how those challenges can be overcome.
Twice a Woman By Aristea Geroulis and Aneta Kuros Women and the Law, November 2010 A review of the new film shown at the Chicago International Film Festival, by two women who confront domestic violence daily.
Women With Vision Speech for November 4 Dinner By Sharon L. Eiseman Women and the Law, November 2010 A reprint of the remarks given by Sharon Eiseman at the Women With Vision event.
New Medicaid rules harm women, seniors By Diana M. Law Women and the Law, October 2010 The Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 imposes harsh penalties against seniors who gift money for any reason to family members and charities, since it presumes the money was transferred to qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits.
The relationship between women and depression By Susan Riegler Women and the Law, October 2010 Female lawyers are very good at showing only their professional side. They can look so good on the outside that their colleagues, family and friends may not see the pain behind their eyes. But women across all Western countries are twice as likely to experience depression than men.
Synopsis of statewide report on “Examining at-Risk and Delinquent Girls in Illinois” By Lori G. Levin Women and the Law, October 2010 Girls, both in Illinois and nationally, comprise the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system. See the full report at
Recognition for women through ISBA annual awards By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, September 2010 A description of each award offered by the ISBA.
Recommended reading for all women lawyers Women and the Law, September 2010 Check out this book, recommended by Catalyst reader Susan L. Schoenberger.
Celebrating Women in the Legal Profession: Remembering the Past and Reaching Out to the Future Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 The ISBA’s “Celebrating Women in the Profession” luncheon was held on March 9, 2010.
Chicago Foundation for Women Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 A summary of comments made by Kelly White, Executive Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women, at its 24th Annual Luncheon on September 24, 2009.
Is nice a four-letter word? By Annemarie E. Kill Women and the Law, May 2010 Does being considered a nice person mean you can't also be a successful, effective attorney?
ISBA celebrates women in the profession Women and the Law, May 2010 A reprint of the keynote address given at the ISBA's luncheon, "Celebrating Women in the Profession: Reach Out and Build Our Future."
Letter to the editor Women and the Law, May 2010 A letter from a reader of The Catalyst.
Women in the criminal justice system—Justice delivered or denied? By E. Nicole Carrion Women and the Law, May 2010 A recap of the February CLE program sponsored by the Standing Committee on Women and the Law.
Seek power: A woman lawyer’s guide to self-promotion By Emily N. Masalski Women and the Law, December 2009 On October 20, 2009, Paula Hudson Holderman and Delilah B. Flaum, of Winston & Strawn coached more than 100 women lawyers on how to get over the “anti-networking” mindset and formulate a plan that will lead them to a more fulfilling career.
Beating breast cancer one step at a time By Mona M. Stone Women and the Law, May 2009 A. Kelly Turner, a partner in the Litigation Department at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, provides insight on the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer based on her experience in participating in last year’s Avon Walk Chicago and in organizing a team for 2009.
Spring 2009: Launch of The Legal Balance By Erica Zalokar Women and the Law, May 2009 Get involved with a new resource for women attorneys to be launched this spring!  
Women who made history during Lincoln’s presidency By Sandra Blake Women and the Law, May 2009 In recognition of the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and National Women’s History Month, take this opportunity to meet or become reacquainted with women who made history during the Lincoln presidential years. Those who paved the way include abolitionists, soldiers, spies, nurses and organizers.  
The call to action: Advancing women attorneys in leadership in Chicago By Jane DiRenzo and E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, March 2009 Chicago law firm signatories to the 2004 Call to Action (CTA) demonstrated success on each of its five goals. Many firms demonstrated real success on the front of advancing women into leadership. Overall, the Chicago legal community made material progress and established some best practices that fed the success of its efforts. Continued progress will be necessary, but the CTA facilitated focus and progress on this important issue.
Chair’s Column By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, December 2008 Given the progress of women attorneys in the legal profession, the need for or relevance of women’s bar associations, including similar groups existing within traditional bar associations, often is questioned.
Chicago Bar Association’s Call to Action: Progress on Women in Leadership in the Legal Profession By Jane DiRenzo Pigott Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2008 The Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women put out a Call to Action on women in leadership positions in the legal professions in 2004.
Gender as a factor in international peacekeeping: The status of women in international conflict resolution By Jessica O’Brien Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2008 While the status of women here in the United States seems to be continually improving, that is not to be said for the international community at large.
National Association of Women Lawyers: 2007 Survey of the Status of Women in Law firms By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2008 On February 19th, the ISBA Women and the Law Committee co-sponsored a National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations’ (“NCWBA”) program titled “A Closer Look: NAWL’s 2007 Survey of Women in Law Firms.”
Tips on what to do if your purse is stolen By Letitia Spunar-Sheats Women and the Law, June 2008 Approximately eight months ago I had my purse stolen out of my shopping cart in a department store. I thought my purse was safe, because I had it covered up with my coat. Boy, was I wrong.
A woman’s nightmare: Long-term care—Two elder law attorneys’ perspectives By Rick L. Law and Diana M. Law Women and the Law, June 2008 He looked into his wife’s eyes and flatly stated, “I’ll put a gun to my head before I ever go to a nursing home.”
If you build your own corner office they will come! By Sharon L. Eiseman Women and the Law, March 2008 This article is about a recent interview the author conducted and is intended as a preview of a future roundtable discussion/exploration about women attorneys making the tough career choices—mostly to ‘go it on their own.’
2007 World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, January 2008 On November 8, 2007, the World Economic Forum released its second Gender Gap Index Report – a framework for capturing the magnitude of gender-based disparities across the world and tracking how they evolve over time. The top 20 countries that performed best in the 2007 index are outlined below along with their ranking in 2006.
The Chicago Call to Action for Women Attorneys: The right thing to do for law firms By E. Lynn Grayson Women and the Law, June 2007 Law firms continually struggle for meaningful ways to advance commonly shared diversity objectives.
Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress Women and the Law, May 2007 A mastectomy is when a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards.