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Women and the Law News

Posted on: Nov 30, 2015

By Comm. Therese Hannah, Marion Superior Court

Hello to our nearly 350 Women and the Law Division (WLD) members. As we approach the end of the year, your WLD Board would like to report on our many and varied 2015 activities. Our Mentoring Kickoff Luncheon in February of 2015 drew together 46 women who agreed to meet several times during the year to learn from one another about how to be better attorneys both in the office and as people seeking a healthy work-life balance. Monthly coffees at the Sheraton Starbucks drew a consistent and congenial group. Our last coffee is scheduled for December 17 from 8 to 9 a.m.

The WLD organized or co-sponsored four CLE programs in 2015: Hot Topics in Tax, Family Law and Estate Planning; Representing Minors in Immigration Proceedings; Human Trafficking; and Women in the Judiciary Roundtable and Reception. Thank you to our presenters for making these interesting opportunities possible. 

Nearly 100 IndyBar members gathered for the Women and the Law Annual Summer Reception at the Indiana Historical Society. This event is a favorite with summer associates, the judiciary and veteran attorneys. We heard Thea Kelly, Senior Counsel with Dow AgroSciences, address her vision of both professional and personal success. A small but enthusiastic group enjoyed our annual Women and the Law Division night at the Symphony on the Prairie in August. After the concert the group agreed, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” 

The philanthropy arm of the WLD has had an active year. First, we surveyed the membership to ascertain our group’s priorities and then scheduled events. Our first event was preparing Dream Dinners for women undergoing cancer treatment at Eskenazi Health and for women residing at the Julian Center. Second, was a Dress for Success luncheon. Seven of our members were energized after meeting with over 20 women working to overcome personal challenges and enter the work force. WLD members offered resume and mock interview advice. 

Our third and final event is a December 12 holiday party for the children living at Coburn Place. Coburn Place provides transitional housing for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Please contact Roxana Bell at if you are able to participate or donate. (Santa’s elves report that goodie bag toys/trinkets, face painting kits and glitter pens are in short supply.)

Sue Shadley was the 2015 recipient of the WLD Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. The award celebrates Sue’s service to Indiana residents through her pioneering work on governmental and non- governmental environmental boards, her work as a founding partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and her willing mentoring to young attorneys. The WLD mourns Sue’s passing.

The WLD 2015 activities reflect our mission to create opportunities to build connections among women in the legal profession, engage in philanthropic endeavors and recognize outstanding female attorneys. Thanks so much for your support; it has been a great year! 

This post was written by Comm. Therese Hannah, Marion Superior Court. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Women and the Law Division, please email Rachel Beachy at


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