The WBAI Newsletter is published bi-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 WBAI blog 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 WBAI blog and on its social media pages. If you do not wish your article to be featured on the WBAI blog or on its social media pages, please 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 that features substantive and informational articles, as well as recognizes the achievements of women in our field. Jeanne Brown Gordon, former WBAI president from 1949 to 1950, graduated from the John Marshall Law School with degrees of LL.B.; LL.M; and J.D. with honors. She later served on the John Marshall Law School’s Board of Trustees for many years. Gordon 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 – the first woman in said department. She also practiced within the Central Division Insurance Department of the American Can Company, which encompassed 20 states and was a self-insurer in workers’ compensation cases. As WBAI President, Gordon advised the President of the United States of the WBAI’s recommendation that Judge Frances Allen be appointed to the U.S. 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.