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Diane Citrino to Chair Hearing on Ohio School Funding

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On Friday, September 14, 2018 the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a series of panel discussions regarding education funding in the state. Diane Citrino will chair the hearing in which the Committee intends to examine Ohio’s school funding formula and its impact on access to education on the basis of color, race, sex, religion, national origin, and/or disability status. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at Cleveland State University Fenn Tower. This meeting is open to the public.

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Karen Giffen and Kerin Kaminski recognized as Crain’s Top Executives and Notable Women in Law

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In the May 14, 2018 issue, Crain’s recognized the top women leaders in legal circles and talked about the importance of diversity and inclusion at the highest levels in law firms. Giffen and Kaminski were recognized as Notable Women in Law and some of the most influential leaders in NEO law firms.

“One of our core beliefs is that an inclusive environment enhances the quality of services to our clients and our relationships with our colleagues and the community,” said Karen L. Giffen, partner and co-founder of Giffen & Kaminski, a Cleveland-based, women-owned law firm. “We believe the true strength of our firm lies in the unique backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys and staff.”

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Kathleen Nitschke Elected CMBA Trustee

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On June 1st, Kathleen Nitschke was sworn in as a Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Trustee. During the three-year term Kathleen and the Board of Trustees will offer leadership, engagement, and collaboration focused on enhancing the continued future success of the CMBA.  Please join us in congratulating Kathleen on this important milestone and accomplishment.

Donald Bulea Speaks at CMBA / BBB CLE Program

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#MeToo and #TimesUp in the Workplace:  Handling Claims of Sexual Harassment.  This event will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  The CMBA is partnering with the Better Business Bureau for a half-day CLE, focused on the nuts and bolts of handling claims from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives, as well as tips and best practices for addressing accusations.

Donald Bulea  will speak on Defense Pointers:  The Nuts and Bolts of Handling Sexual Harassment Claims.  Click her to learn more


Diane Citrino published in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, April Issue

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Diane Citrino’s article in the April Issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal is titled: Moving from Institutional Betrayal to Institutional Courage. Betrayal is one of the ugliest and most painful things we experience in our lives. The term institutional betrayal was coined by Dr. Jennifer Freyd and her students in 2009 and refers to wrongdoing perpetuated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution.

Karen Giffen interviewed in the April Issue of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal

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Karen Giffen is a long-time champion of women in law through volunteer support.  In the April 2018 Issue of the Bar Journal, Karen did a Q&A on women in law & pro bono service.

Jan Roller to serve on panel at the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District

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On May 11th, Jan Roller will serve on a panel at the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District discussing the important topic of “Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession, a Personal Perspective.”

Karen Giffen is a panelist at CMBA Hot Talks on #MeToo in the legal profession

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Are lawyers more or less likely than other professionals to engage in sexual harassment in the workplace? Has the #MeToo pendulum of calling out sexually inappropriate behavior swung too far? That depends on whom you ask, … Read more

Diane Citrino to speak at the Ohio Fair Housing Summit in September

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On September 21, 2018, Diane Citrino will be speaking at the Ohio Fair Housing Summit to be held at The Renaissance Hotel in Toledo, Ohio. Stakeholders from across the state will explore ways to foster diverse, vibrant communities, where the door to opportunity is open to everyone.

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Giffen & Kaminski sponsor Ursuline College’s Women Who Light the Way event

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An informative and fun evening will be had when Ursuline College honors author and political commentator Cokie Roberts on Tuesday, March 6 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Click her for more information