The WBAI Newsletter is published tri-annually and includes articles on recent legal developments, professional development advice, articles detailing WBAI events and projects, and noteworthy member milestones and achievements. All articles submitted to the WBAI Newsletter are also automatically considered for the WBAIblog and social media pages. The Editors only accept articles from members in good standing. By submitting an article, you grant the WBAI permission to republish the article in the WBAIblog and on its social media pages. If you do not wish your article to be featured on the WBAIblog or on its social media pages, indicate that with your submission.
The WBAI Newsletter was first issued in 1945, with Jeanne Brown Gordon as its editor. Following Gordon’s tradition, the WBAI encourages and educates our fellow members by publishing a newsletter which features substantive and informational articles as well as recognizes the achievements of women in our field. Former WBAI President (1949-1950), Jeanne Brown Gordon was a graduate of the John Marshall Law School with degrees of LL.B.; J.D. with honors; and LL.M; she later served on the John Marshall Law School’s Board of Trustees for many years. She was admitted to the Illinois Courts in 1936. She was an Assistant State’s Attorney, Legal Technical Advisor and Hearing Officer in State License Violations, Illinois Department of Registration and Education, (first woman in said department). She also practiced within the Central Division Insurance Department of the American Can Company, which Division encompassed twenty states and was a self-insurer, in Worker’s Compensation cases. As President, Gordon advised the President of the United States of the WBAI’s recommendation that Judge Frances Allen be appointed to the US Supreme Court. She also notably founded the WBAI newsletter. On June 11, 1991, the WBAI newsletter received the Chicago Women in Publishing Award – 1st place in the relevance to Women’s Issues – Newsletters category under Elsie Holzwarth’s editorial leadership.