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Youngstown attorney champions for working moms

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Martha Bushey

Columbus, OHIO (Aug. 2, 2011) – After eight successful years as a nurse, Martha Bushey did what many people would never dream of doing—she left her job in pursuit of a completely different career.

Bushey received her nursing diploma from St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland, but she always had an interest in law. She was excited to learn that she could apply to law school with a nursing degree. Every night after her three children were asleep, she pulled out her self-study prep book and reviewed for the law school admission test. Despite the unusual path she took to becoming a lawyer, Bushey’s career has not only taken root but has risen to the top.

Following her graduation from the University of Akron School of Law, Bushey began doing medical malpractice defense work. In 1999 she became the first female partner in the 127 year history of Manchester Bennett Powers & Ullman in Youngstown, and she serves as president of the firm’s title company.

Throughout the entire process, she has maintained her commitment to work-family balance. Bushey states, “There is a need for firms to acknowledge and accommodate working women by offering and accepting alternate work arrangements when necessary. I am so grateful to work for a firm that was an early adopter of policies to help employees maintain a balance between job and family.”

Bushey organized Manchester Bennett’s alternative work arrangement program that allows working mothers to have a schedule that adapts to the needs of both the firm and the attorney. The program allows associates and partners with young children to work three days a week in the office while maintaining the ability to complete work when away from the office. When Bushey first began working at the firm, she worked three days a week at the office and this arrangement helped her to manage both her work and family commitments.

In addition to her work as a lawyer, Bushey plays a prominent role in her community. She serves on the boards of Humility of Mary Health Partners, the largest local hospital in her area; the Millcreek Children’s Center, a day care for inner-city underserved children; the Boardman Civic Association; and is a trustee for Boardman Civil Service and Wick Neighbor’s Inc., a downtown redevelopment project. Additionally, Bushey has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association for 21 years. When she finds a rare moment for herself, she enjoys family time, reading, the arts, sporting events and her investment club.

Bushey received this year’s Athena Award given by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and The Vindicator. The award acknowledges area business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen career, shown leadership in their community and helped contribute to the growth of other professional women. Bushey recognizes that her path to where she is today is uncharacteristic of many in the field, but she is grateful for all the people that helped her get to where she is today. She insists, “I had the opportunity to attend law school as a nontraditional student and a mother of three, only because of the wonderful support, understanding and encouragement of my husband and children. All of their lives had to change and for that I am ever grateful.”

The 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.

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