DTCI: Kick off your heels with the new Women in the Law Division

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McComberAn article came across my desk the other day about the recently published report by the National Association of Women Lawyers regarding the retention and promotion of women in law firms. This report was of special interest to me since I had recently left a law firm for an in-house counsel position – something I have observed my contemporaries doing for some time.

This report concluded that not much has changed for women in the top 200 law firms since NAWL first started tracking this information eight years ago. Compensation, leadership roles, rainmaking, and equity partnership remain stagnant for women. The greatest percentage of women hold the lowest positions in law firms (associates and staff attorneys) while the lowest percentage of women hold the highest positions in law firms (equity partner). “This year’s results reinforce that women in private practice continue to face barriers to reaching the highest positions in their firms – as equity partners and members of governance committees,” said Stephanie Scharf, report author, past president of the NAWL Foundation and a partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. While the number of female law students has consistently been equal to or slightly greater than the number of male law students, women are grossly underrepresented in the leadership positions in law firms. The ultimate question is what are we as a legal community going to do about this?

While there is no right or wrong answer, mentoring and networking can go a long way in helping women feel like they are not alone in their personal and professional lives. DTCI wants to make this even easier by expanding the available network of strong and successful women lawyers. DTCI has created the Women in the Law Division, and I am honored to serve as the division’s first chairperson. This new division will help women network, mentor, be mentored, market and address the ever-present work/life balance issues they face in all stages of their professional lives. Our events are designed to allow members to speak freely regarding the professional and personal obstacles they face as women in the legal profession.

Please join us for the division’s kickoff event April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Osteria Pronto in the JW Marriott located at 10 S. West Street in Indianapolis. The event features a panel discussion with Judge Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court, Julia Gelanis of Frost Brown Todd LLC, and Michele Calderon Johns of Indiana University Health and Indiana University Health Risk Retention Group. These women will share the secrets of their success, how they have thrived in the practice of law, and the valuable lessons they learned along the way. The event will offer networking opportunities beginning at 11 a.m. and a panel discussion after a delicious family-style lunch. The cost is $50 per person and registration is available now at

Join us as a member of this new division and kick off your heels at our inaugural luncheon on April 17. Let’s see what we can do to change the statistics.•


Ms. McOmber is an attorney with Indiana University Health Risk Retention Group. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.


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  1. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

  2. Moreover, we all know that the well heeled ACLU has a litigation strategy of outspending their adversaries. And, with the help of the legal system well trained in secularism, on top of the genuinely and admittedly secular 1st amendment, they have the strategic high ground. Maybe Christians should begin like the Amish to withdraw their services from the state and the public and become themselves a "people who shall dwell alone" and foster their own kind and let the other individuals and money interests fight it out endlessly in court. I mean, if "the people" don't see how little the state serves their interests, putting Mammon first at nearly every turn, then maybe it is time they wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe all the displays of religiosity by American poohbahs on down the decades have been a mask of piety that concealed their own materialistic inclinations. I know a lot of patriotic Christians don't like that notion but I entertain it more and more all the time.

  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.