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Columbus, Ohio (May 8, 2013) – Kathleen
Balthrop Havener of Cleveland has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the
Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Nettie Cronise Lutes Award. Havener
received the award today during the OSBA Annual Convention in Cleveland.
The Nettie Cronise Lutes Award, named for the
first woman to practice law in Ohio, was created by the OSBA Women in the
Profession Section to recognize women lawyers who have “improved the legal
profession through their own high level of professionalism and who have opened
doors for other women and girls.”
this award is truly an honor and a privilege,” said Havener. “I’m a firm
believer in former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s philosophy that
women should help other women, and I strive for that every day.”
frequently found herself turning to other women lawyers for counsel or when
referring clients, Havener felt there was a need for a free referral network
specifically dedicated to women. Investing her time and money, she established
the Woman-to-Woman Lawyer Referral
Database. The searchable database is a resource for women lawyers and
clients to seek assistance with legal matters from particular women lawyers,
with particular expertise, and in particular regions of our country and the
world. Less than a year into its existence, the database includes the names of
more than 700 women lawyers from 10 countries.
“Havener is a
role model for her commitment to the community of women lawyers,” OSBA
President Judge Patrick Fischer said. “Her persistence and passion to improve
and give back to the profession in connecting women across the globe is
providing an invaluable tool for potential clients.”
A 1976 alumna of
Spring Hill College with a bachelor of arts in both history and philosophy,
Havener enrolled at Harvard Law School at the age of 34 when she was the mother
of three young children. She graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in
Havener has her
own private practice in Cleveland with her husband and law partner, Thomas G.
Havener, and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Virginia, the District of
Columbia and Maryland. She has handled a broad range of cases, including tax
litigation, antitrust, multidistrict litigation, corporate employee raiding,
securities fraud litigation, environmental regulation, intellectual property
litigation, insurance coverage disputes and government contracts bid protests.
One of her engagements involved Havener as venue counsel for World Cup USA, and
she was responsible for coordinating safety and security arrangements
throughout the Washington D.C. area.
Havener is a
member of the OSBA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section Council and is
a past member of the OSBA Council of Delegates. An active member of the
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Women in Law Section, she has served
as co-chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Woman Advocate
Committee, and as a member of its President’s Council on Racial and Ethnic
Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. In 2011, Havener was selected as a
finalist by Crain’s Cleveland Business
as a “Woman of Note.”
finds time to write on a variety of subjects, including legal technology, and
is a public speaker who promotes the use of small law firms by large companies.
Additionally, she promotes diversity for women, racial and ethnic minorities,
LGBT and disabled lawyers in the legal industry. She is an avid reader and
quilting enthusiast. Havener’s three daughters are grown now and she is a
grandmother of four.
Ohio State Bar Association, founded in
1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of
the bench and bar of Ohio, as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law
students. Through its activities and the activities of its related
organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the
highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.