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Jan Roller Moderates a Panel of Judges at the CMBA International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017

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Jan Roller will be moderating a panel of sitting judges at the CMBA International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. During the day-long program entitled, Women Navigating Their Way to New Perspectives, Opportunities & Heights,” there will be a variety of fresh perspectives shared on essential practice and leadership skills. During her session, Jan will explore with members of the judiciary, their perspectives on what compelled them to run for judge, the support they had along the way, the lessons they have learned, and the most rewarding aspects, both personally and professionally, of their position.

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Lauren Tompkins Becomes the Chair of the Executive Counsel of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section

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Lauren Tompkins has become the Chair of the Executive Counsel of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section.  She formerly served as the Co-Chair of the Section.  In this expanded role, Lauren is largely responsible for the Labor & Employment Section’s CLE programming, including the Lunch and Learn Series and the CMBA’s 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference taking place in April.  Lauren is also an active volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Danielle Linert Selected to Serve as NAMWOLF Oversight Co-Chair of the Practice Area Committees

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Danielle Linert has been selected by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) to serve as Oversight Co-Chair of the Practice Area Committees.  In this leadership role, Danielle, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, Advisory Council and the NAMWOLF Team, will assist NAMWOLF members in navigating the process of creating new Practice Area Committees, increasing communication among the Practice Area Committees and building relationships between the Practice Area Committees and in-house counsel.

Giffen & Kaminski Partners Recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers in America

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Giffen & Kaminski is proud to announce that Kerin Lyn Kaminski, Karen L. Giffen, Peggy Foley Jones, Diane Citrino, and Jan Roller have been recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers in America.  Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by their peers.

Diane Citrino Re-elected Chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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Diane Citrino was re-elected as Chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  The Committee is composed of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions.

Diane Citrino Keynote Speaker at ABA Fall Boot Camp

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On October 6, 2016 – Diane Citrino gave the keynote presentation at the ABA’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Fall Boot Camp 2016.  Diane’s session was entitled, “There Goes the Neighborhood”—Fighting Nimby with Fair Housing Tools.  She received an extremely positive response to her remarks from the audience of nationwide Fair Housing professionals who were in attendance.

Peggy Foley Jones Honored at Judicial Salute

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On September 29, 2016 – Retired Judge Peggy Foley Jones, was honored at this year’s Republican Judicial Salute.  She was awarded the William H. Rehnquist award for service to the profession.  Judge Pamela Barker eloquently recognized Peggy for her judicial career, her passion for the profession, and for her ongoing commitment to the legal community.


Federal Judge Grants Judgment in Favor of Cleveland State and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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Cleveland, Ohio, August 18, 2016 — Giffen & Kaminski, LLC is pleased to announce winning a summary judgment for its clients the Cleveland State University and the Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

In the matter of Jean Lifter v. Cleveland State University, et al., Judge Patricia A. Gaughan found for the University and the Dean and against former Assistant Dean Lifter and law professor Sheldon Gelman who claimed the Dean had retaliated against them due to Professor Gelman’s involvement in forming a union.

Represented by attorneys Karen Giffen and Donald Bulea, the Dean was found to have provided positive benefits to faculty members involved in the union-organizing campaign, including Professor Gelman.

Judge Gaughan found that Lifter’s position was eliminated as part of budget cuts required due to a decline in enrollment.

“Karen and Doni developed the facts, presented the law and prevailed for our client. I am proud to practice with both of these excellent attorneys and am especially pleased with this outcome for our client,” said Co-Founder, Kerin Kaminski.

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Diane Citrino On Panel At Women’s Leadership Symposium

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Join Diane Citrino on Wednesday, April 13th for the CSU Alumni Association’s Women’s Leadership Symposium at the Cleveland Public Auditorium (500 Lakeside Avenue). Check-in and Registration begins at 7:00am with the Symposium scheduled from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

The Symposium “will explore the many attributes that help women succeed” across various sectors and feature “keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions” ( The afternoon panel Business 101 for lawyers: Understanding how law departments and law firms do business begins at 1:30pm and features Diane Citrino in addition to such leaders as Sarah Flannery (Thompson Hine), Theresa Metcalf Beasley (Calfee) and Sonali Wilson (CSU). From the panel description, “We’ll hear firsthand from women attorneys about the opportunities they’ve seized and obstacles they’ve faced.”

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Women in Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Honors Kerin Lyn Kaminski

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The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association – Women in Law Section held their inaugural International Women’s Day CLE leadership event on March 8th, “Women Leading the Way to New Perspectives, Opportunities and Heights.” Kerin Lyn Kaminski was a panelist in the breakout session entitled, “Mastering the Art and Science of Mentoring.” Kerin, along with The Honorable Melody J. Stewart, 8th District Court of Appeals and Janet L. Miller, General Counsel, University Hospitals Health System, Inc. shared their life experiences and insights about the 12 principles of Mentoring.

Following the day long CMBA Leadership program, the Women In Law section announced their “Women Honoring Women” awards and Kerin Lyn Kaminski was recognized as the award recipient for the Firm category. We are proud of Kerin’s accomplishments and celebrate her contributions as a recognized leader and role model for the women in our profession. Congratulations Kerin!

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