2014 Articles

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.
Ferguson, Missouri: Clouds and silver linings By Shira Truitt December 2014 A look at the lessons that bar associations and other legal organizations can learn from the recent events in Ferguson.
A final view from the Chair By Mary F. Petruchius April 2014 A message from Committee Chair Mary Petruchius.
Former Women and the Law Chair honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at Women’s Bar Association Centennial By Sandra Crawford October 2014 Sharon Eiseman, a former Chair of the ISBA's Women and the Law Committee, was recently honored at a gala event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
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.
Highlight on Clio: Review of affordable cloud-based practice management software By Jessica C. Marshall October 2014 The author shares her experience with using Clio in her firm.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb By Sandra Blake February 2014 Committee member Sandra Blake reviews this recent release.
The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and launch of Women Grow Chicago By Emily N. Masalski October 2014 On July 20, 2014, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to add the treatment of adults and children with seizures to the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.
Illinois’ modern family: House Bill 1243 By Emily A. Hansen December 2014 An examination of the key differences and highlights of this proposed legislation.
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.
Letter from the Chair: Domestic Violence and the NFL By Letitia Spunar-Sheats October 2014 A message from Committee Chair Letitia Spunar-Sheats.
Mark your calendars! December 2014 The 2015 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational will take place at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2015.
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.
Some battles continue to be fought: The Equal Rights Amendment By Lori G. Levin December 2014 Illinois will likely take up this issue once again in the next legislature.
Someone you should know: Tracy Douglas October 2014 Find out more Tracy Douglas, an active member of the WATL Committee and winner of the 2014 ISBA Young Lawyer of the Award (outside Cook County).
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. Marshall 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 & Sherry A. Mundorff February 2014 Learn more about members Patrice Ball-Reed, Sherry Mundorff and Letitia Spunar Sheats.
Student disciplinary hearing By Lori G. Levin October 2014 The disciplinary process is far different from being in a court of law, but a student facing such a hearing may be subject to long-term ramifications that may influence not only his schooling but the rest of his adult life. A student facing such a situation should definitely consult with and retain an attorney to help navigate the process.
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 December 2014 A message from Committee Chair Letitia Spunar-Sheats.
A view from the Chair By Letitia Spunar-Sheats August 2014 An update on the Committee's activities from Chair Letitia Spunar-Sheats.