The Carole K. Bellows Women of Influence award honors two individuals each year that raise awareness to the unmet legal needs of women, advocates for action addressing women’s issues, or promotes involvement by women in the legal community at all levels. The award is presented by the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law.
The Honorable Carole K. Bellows made history as the first woman in the country elected to serve as president of a state bar association. She served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association from 1977-1978. She also was the first female member of the ISBA Board of Governors, serving from 1969-1979. Judge Bellows became the first female state delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, serving from 1978-1988. In addition, she was the first woman to become chairperson of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Bellows has received numerous honors over the years in recognition of her legal service.
Judge Bellows was first appointed to serve as a judge of the Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division, by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1986. By being successfully retained by the voters, she continued to serve on the bench for 26 years. Prior to becoming a judge, she was an attorney for 26 years.
Recipients musts be ISBA members at time of nomination and have helped to raise awareness of the unmet legal needs of women, advocated for action on women’s issues, or have promoted involvement by women in the legal community.
An award may be award to someone with less than 15 years of experience and to someone with more than 15 years’ experience.
To nominate a person for this award, please fill out the nomination form. Any supplemental materials (letters of support, etc.) can be email separately to Melissa Burkholder at MBurkholder@isba.org.
Nominations must be submitted by March 6th, 2020.