Women's Bar Association of Illinois

Women's Bar Association of Illinois The Women's Bar Association of Illinois, one of the oldest and largest bar associations in the state, was first established in 1914, by 9 women lawyers.
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The Women's Bar Association of Illinois, one of the oldest and largest bar associations in the state, was first established in 1914, by nine women lawyers practicing in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The WBAI offers its members access to jobs, career advice, continuing legal education (CLE), mentorship, networking, and events that promote women.

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11/26/2020
Happy Thanksgiving

WBAI is grateful for the time, talent and treasure its members give our bar association which, in turn, allows WBAI to grow, thrive and support our mission of promoting women in the legal profession.

WBAI wishes our members a Happy Thanksgiving!

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Debjani Desai of t...
11/23/2020
Member Monday: Debjani Desai

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Debjani Desai of the Illinois Office of Comptroller.

General Counsel // Illinois Office of Comptroller Description of your practice: I am the chief legal officer for the Illinois Office of Comptroller, and I head up a team of lawyers in Chicago and S…

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Heather A. Begley ...
11/09/2020
Member Monday: Heather A. Begley

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Heather A. Begley of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman.

Attorney // Tomasik Kotin Kasserman Description of your practice: As a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney at Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman, I have the privilege of representing individuals whose …

Congratulations to Fiona McEntee, of McEntee Law Group, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Hono...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to Fiona McEntee, of McEntee Law Group, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Honoree. Join us for the 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Awards Celebration on December 1, as we gather virtually to celebrate this year's inductees and network with other leading ladies in law. Register today at wbaillinois.org/topwomen

Congratulations to Josie Gough, of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in L...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to Josie Gough, of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Honoree. Join us for the 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Awards Celebration on December 1, as we gather virtually to celebrate this year's inductees and network with other leading ladies in law. Register today at wbaillinois.org/topwomen

Congratulations to Hon. Mary Cay Marubio, of Circuit Court of Cook County, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Le...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to Hon. Mary Cay Marubio, of Circuit Court of Cook County, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Honoree. Join us for the 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Awards Celebration on December 1, as we gather virtually to celebrate this year's inductees and network with other leading ladies in law. Register today at wbaillinois.org/topwomen

Congratulations to Ngozi Okorafor, of Cook County Sheriff's Department, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leade...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to Ngozi Okorafor, of Cook County Sheriff's Department, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Honoree. Join us for the 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Awards Celebration on December 1, as we gather virtually to celebrate this year's inductees and network with other leading ladies in law. Register today at buff.ly/3oV9Sf6

Congratulations to Barbara Flores, of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to Barbara Flores, of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Honoree. Join us for the 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Awards Celebration on December 1, as we gather virtually to celebrate this year's inductees and network with other leading ladies in law. Register today at wbaillinois.org/topwomen

Congratulations to Bridget Duignan, of Latherow & Duignan, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award H...
11/04/2020

Congratulations to Bridget Duignan, of Latherow & Duignan, for being named a 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Award Honoree. Join us for the 2020 Top Women Lawyer in Leadership Awards Celebration on December 1, as we gather virtually to celebrate this year's inductees and network with other leading ladies in law. Register today at wbaillinois.org/topwomen

Are you waiting in line to cast your #Vote? If so, pass the time by reviewing WBAI's Judicial Ratings for the November E...
11/03/2020

Are you waiting in line to cast your #Vote? If so, pass the time by reviewing WBAI's Judicial Ratings for the November Election. Please review these ratings before you vote and share them widely. Download them at https://buff.ly/3ij7Hxg

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Kathy McCabe.
11/02/2020
Member Monday: Kathy McCabe

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Kathy McCabe.

Life & Executive Coach, J.D. Description of my practice: I practiced law for 22 years. Today, I coach professional women, including many attorneys, who want to excel while maintaining a work-li…

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Anna Wermuth of Co...
10/26/2020
Member Monday: Anna Wermuth

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Anna Wermuth of Cozen O’Connor.

Vice-chair Labor & Employment Department // Cozen O’Connor Description of your practice: I represent (and lead teams representing) employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor relat…

There's still time to register to join us for part two of a three-part series to educate attorneys around Diversity & Ra...
10/22/2020

There's still time to register to join us for part two of a three-part series to educate attorneys around Diversity & Race in the legal profession. Click the link to register and join us today at 5:30pm for this insightful and timely series. https://buff.ly/34kCAhe

Are you interested in serving as an Election Day Field Attorney? Election Day Field Attorneys serve on election day as r...
10/20/2020
Serve as an Election Day Field Attorney

Are you interested in serving as an Election Day Field Attorney? Election Day Field Attorneys serve on election day as representatives "in the field" for the Chicago or suburban Cook County election authorities. Learn more and apply today.

The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, the Cook County Clerk and The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) have partnered to create Election Day Field Attorneys to serve on Election D…

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Judge Debra B. Wal...
10/19/2020
Member Monday: Judge Debra B. Walker

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Judge Debra B. Walker of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Circuit Court of Cook County Description of your practice: Domestic Relations Team Lead for Team E. Previously, I was a defense trial attorney with Clausen Miller, P.C. Why are you a member of the…

Do you know a leading woman lawyer who has stepped up to meet the challenge and created new pathways for other women in ...
10/09/2020

Do you know a leading woman lawyer who has stepped up to meet the challenge and created new pathways for other women in law? If so, be sure to submit your nominations for WBAI's Top Women Lawyers In Leadership Awards by October 12 at https://buff.ly/3lHon3Z

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Hon. Thomas L. Kil...
10/05/2020
Member Monday: Hon. Thomas L. Kilbride

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Hon. Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Description of your practice: I began serving on the Illinois Supreme Court in December of 2000 after practicing law for 20 years in Rock Island, first as a legal aid…

WBAI Judicial Ratings for the November Election are now available.  Please review these ratings before you vote and shar...
09/30/2020

WBAI Judicial Ratings for the November Election are now available. Please review these ratings before you vote and share them widely. Download them at https://buff.ly/3ij7Hxg

Feel like day-to-day stress is creeping beyond your ability to cope and need a little direction on what to do about it? ...
09/28/2020

Feel like day-to-day stress is creeping beyond your ability to cope and need a little direction on what to do about it? Join WBAI for "Are You Ok? Can you stay that way for the Long Haul?" on Sept. 30. Register at https://buff.ly/33d9K1T

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Sarah F. King.
09/28/2020
Member Monday: Sarah F. King

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Sarah F. King.

Partner // Clifford Law Offices Description of your practice: As a partner at Clifford Law Offices I represent individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic injury or deat…

The WBAI is excited to announce our attorney Mentor/Mentee program for the upcoming membership year and we need YOU! Whe...
09/25/2020

The WBAI is excited to announce our attorney Mentor/Mentee program for the upcoming membership year and we need YOU! Whether you are a new admittee/recent law graduate or a seasoned pro who has been practicing for decades – we have a role for you in our new Mentorship Program! Apply here - https://buff.ly/3j3m6ih

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Judy Conway -
09/21/2020
Member Monday: Judy Conway

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Judy Conway -

Trial Attorney // Cooney & Conway Description of your practice: I represent victims of serious personal injury and wrongful death, from the initial client introduction through trial and appeal.…

Justice Ginsburg’s tireless work on behalf of women and our country was nothing short of heroic.  Her brilliance and bra...
09/21/2020
Thank you, Justice.

Justice Ginsburg’s tireless work on behalf of women and our country was nothing short of heroic. Her brilliance and bravery inspired and paved the way for so many. Groups like the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois exist because of her. We must honor her legacy by continuing her fight for justice, equality, and inclusion for all women, regardless of race, class, and religion.

By Kate Conway We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever to become a United States Supreme Court Justice, and a remarkable and trailblazing cha…

"We are all fighting our own battles, and Justice Ginsburg is someone we can look to how to carry on that fight. But jus...
09/19/2020
In suburbs, Ginsburg remembered for paving path for all

"We are all fighting our own battles, and Justice Ginsburg is someone we can look to how to carry on that fight. But just to see the progress that one person was able to make throughout her lifetime was just incredible."

Many from the suburbs cite Ruth Bader Ginsburg's influence on their careers and lives in remembrance of the famed jurist's legacy.

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Katie Twardak of T...
09/14/2020
Member Monday: Katie Twardak

Let's start off this week with some smiles and spotlights. For #MemberMonday, check out our talk with Katie Twardak of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC.

Description of your practice: I am a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney representing injured individuals and their families in all areas of personal injury, with a primary focus in medical malpra…

We are proud to announce Komie and Associates as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to...
09/10/2020

We are proud to announce Komie and Associates as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

The knowledgeable attorneys of Komie and Associates can provide clients with the guidance and advocacy they need to succeed in criminal and civil cases.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/2Fp7VFk

We are proud to announce Holland & Knight LLP as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to...
09/10/2020

We are proud to announce Holland & Knight LLP as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/3k59449

We are proud to announce Buckley LLP as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you...
09/10/2020

We are proud to announce Buckley LLP as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

Buckley provides a full range of regulatory, enforcement, litigation, and transactional services.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/3bKldZb

We are proud to announce Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC as a Silver Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are g...
09/10/2020

We are proud to announce Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC as a Silver Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

HPS has emerged as one of the premier litigation defense firms in the city. Based in Chicago, they have grown from a group of 13 attorneys to over 70 attorneys located in 10 offices in six states.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/2DLtX4M

We are proud to announce Dudley and Lake as a Silver Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have...
09/10/2020

We are proud to announce Dudley and Lake as a Silver Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

Dudley & Lake has the resources, reputation and experience to take on insurance companies, hospitals, corporations and the state in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Since 2001, their attorneys have served northern and central Illinois and southern Wisconsin, winning numerous record settlements and verdicts.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/3maFBYb

We are proud to announce Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception...
09/09/2020

We are proud to announce Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

The Law Office of Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. practices in the field of personal injury and workers' compensation litigation.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/2FovsGp

We are proud to announce Magna Legal Services as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to...
09/09/2020

We are proud to announce Magna Legal Services as a Bronze Sponsor of the WBAI 106th Annual Reception. We are grateful to have you on board and a big thank you for your support!

Magna Legal Services provides end-to-end legal support services to law firms, corporations and governmental agencies throughout the nation.

Learn more at https://buff.ly/3bONfTt

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