2018 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) is calling for nominations for its 2018 Top Women Lawyers In Leadership Award. The awards will be presented at the WBAI’s Top Women Lawyers In Leadership Reception on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

The Top Women Lawyers In Leadership Award emphasizes the accomplishments and diverse backgrounds of women who are making major professional contributions through their service in a leadership role. Candidates include elite women lawyers who have created growth in a given field and shown future potential, or gone beyond traditional mentoring to create new pathways. Nominees should be leading women lawyers in academia, business, entrepreneurship, general counsels, public office, trade, labor, journalism, or the community.

Submission Criteria

WBAI members and our supporters are encouraged to nominate candidates for the 2018 Top Women Lawyers In Leadership Award. All nominations must be accompanied by a complete written submission, which includes the following:

  1. The candidate’s name, address and phone number(s);
  2. A written nomination statement (maximum one 8½ x 11 page) highlighting:
    • The candidate’s qualifications; and
    • The relationship, if any, or the circumstances under which the nominating person(s) knows the candidate.
  3. The nominating person(s)’ name, address, phone number and email address.

Nomination Deadline

Nomination submissions, including the above information, must be sent via email to Melanie VanOverloop, mvanoverloop@rapoportlaw.com, and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Any materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered or accepted. All submitted material will remain WBAI’s property.

The Awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Allegro.


Contact the event co-chairs below:





2017 TWLIL Reception



Contact the event co-chairs:

Becky Dandy // rdandy@vedderprice.com
Sarah King // sfk@cliffordlaw.com
Eugena Whitson-Owen // eugena.whitson-owen@zurichna.com
Melanie VanOverloop // mvanoverloop@rapoportlaw.com