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Upcoming Events

September 17, 2019 - Women Lead CLE: Gender Ideology in Law: Implications for Gendered Legal Disparities by Dr. Andrea Miller - In an effort to understand gendered disparities in legal outcomes, social psychology research has begun to examine the effects of gender ideology and beliefs about traditional gender roles. Andrea Miller, a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will discuss: 1) the role of gender stereotypes and gender roles in how attorneys identify potential employment discrimination cases and frame their pleadings, 2) the role of judges’ gender ideology in family law and employment discrimination case outcomes, and 3) what attorneys can do to prevent or mitigate the effects of these gender biases in their clients’ case outcomes.     

Details: CLE is at Maldaner’s, 222 S. 6th Street, check-in at 11:45am with presentation to start at noon. Cost for members is $18 and non-members is $21. Please RSVP to by September 11th. Payment can be made at the door or prior to the event:

October 24, 2019- Sojourn Fundraiser at Arilington’s, 210 Broadway, from 5:30-7:30pm, more information to follow

November 19, 2019-Women Lead CLE: Working Families, at Maldaner’s, 222 S. 6th Street

February 25, 2020-Women Lead CLE at Maldaner’s

Past Events

Coffee Play-date will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9am. We will meet at Café Moxo and go to the Kidzeum. This is a chance for our members to socialize with their families. Spouses and kids of all ages welcome.

International Women’s Day, we encourage all  to wear the color purple and gather for a Happy Hour at the Globe Tavern on March 8th from 4:30-6:00pm. We will launch our Women Lead Mentorship and Educational Program that day. Drink specials will include a specialty drink with part of the proceeds going  to the Land of Lincoln Community Foundation: Women for Women Fund. We will also be collecting donations for this great charity. The Globe Tavern is located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Hotel at 701 E. Adams St.

April 25, 2019-Take Your Kid to Work Day-We will be putting on a Star Wars-themed mock trial in Judge Myerscough courtroom, United States District Court Central District of Illinois, 600 East Monroe Street, Springfield. Trial 3:30 with cookies and punch following the verdict.

May 1, 2019, Law Day CLE Luncheon  on Free Press, Free Speech, Free Society featuring Judge Richard Mills, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Lunch is at Sangamo Club. RSVP to Deb Watts Elliott at by April 26, 2018, with ARDC No. and entrée choice. 

May 1, 2019- Women Lead Application is due.

May 7-21, 2019-Nomination Period for CIWBA Board Members

May 14, 2019- Women Lead CLE and the Judicial Reception: Join us from 3-5pm for our first Women Lead CLE and panel discussion on Women in Leadership, featuring the Honorable Sue Myerscough, the Honorable Carol Pope (Ret.), Claire Manning, Theresa Powell, Karen McNaught, and Peggy Ryan. The event will be at Maldaner's, 222 S. 6th St. See more information here: The Judicial Reception will immediately follow from 5-7pm also at Maldaner's. This annual event is a chance for local attorneys and current and retired judges to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and good company.  Please RSVP to Jessica Nardulli  at by May 9th.

June 1, 2019-CIWBA Membership 2019-2020  and dues for June 1, 2019- May 31, 2020 are due.

June 6, 2019-CIWBA Annual Meeting

June 6-14, 2019- CIWBA Board Elections

July 1, 2019-New CIWBA Board Members take positions

July 27, 2019- Play Date at Washington Park. We will meet at 2pm for some cold treats at the Park-N-Chill (snack pavilion by the duck pond) and then head out for a walk or to the playground. This is a chance for our members to socialize with their families. Spouses and kids of all ages welcome.

August 7, 2019- Yoga and Drinks at 5:30pm at Ahh Yoga. Sign up for Maureen Faller's class and then the CIWBA group will head over to Bunn Gourmet for wine, coffee, or desert. Ahh Yoga Sign-Up