Newsletter

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.

  1. The article for submission in Word format;
  2. A short, 2-3 sentence, biography;
  3. A headshot in .jpg format for publication in the newsletter and on social media;
  4. Written permission to republish, if applicable.

Submissions may be sent directly through the WBAI website under the Submission Deadlines tab or emailed directly to WBAIsubmissions@gmail.com.

Submissions may be sent directly through the WBAI website under the Submission Deadlines tab or emailed directly to WBAIsubmissions@gmail.com.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR 2019-2020

  • Fall – 9/9/19
  • Winter – 1/10/20
  • Spring – 4/17/20

Meet our newsletter Co-Chairs:

If you have any questions or concerns about the Newsletter or your submission, please contact Newsletter Editor Hayley Graham Slefo.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Newsletter or your submission, please contact Newsletter Editor Hayley Graham Slefo.

If you wish to purchase an advertisement, please contact co-chair Natalie Scruton Federle or call the WBAI office at 312-341-8530.

Newsletter Ad Sizes:

¼ Page:  4 ¼” x 5 ½”                ($125.00)

½ Page:  8 ½”  x 5 ½”               ($250.00)

Full Page: 8 ½” x 11”                ($500.00)

Newsletter History

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.

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