How the collaboration experience turns passion in to progression


See pictures above (Top L-R, Catherine Sanders Reach (Law Practice Management and Technology Director at The Chicago Bar Association), Amani Smathers (Legal Technologies at Davis, Wright,Tremain), Ivy Grey (author of American Legal Style for PerfectIt, and is a Senior Attorney at Griffin Hamersky LLP), Dana Zivkovich, Attorney and Partner at Zivkovich Law Group) / Bottom L-R, Michelle Silverthorn (‎Diversity and Education Director – ‎Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism), Irene Mo (Recent Law School Graduate, and Attorney), Jennifer Ramovs (Director of Practice Management at Affinity Consulting Group), and Elaine Wyder-Harshman ( ‎Founding Partner – ‎The Lens Legal Group LLC) ).

By Rebecca Martin

Women in Legal Technology section in the June issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine. My first endeavor in coordinating a collaboration with inspirational, diverse and professional women. The result, a fascinating section and piece about women and diversity in technology. See section here


Before I started my position with the Chicago legal community a year ago, I was very involved with the Chicago film community. This is where the desire began to bring women together in a professional industry and create something bigger then ourselves. It was apparent to me that diverse/women in film were being underrepresented on the screen, and behind the screen. Although recently I’ve been seeing a surge of progress. I am passionate about promoting the women who are making strides in this industry. Below are two I’m actively following:

Meet Alicia Malone

Alicia Malone

Alicia Malone is a film reporter, host, writer and self-confessed movie geek. She has let’s say my dream job, something I love about Alicia is that she’s taking her film loving presence and bringing female filmmakers and women in film in history in the forefront, with her book “Backwards and in Heels”, her TEDX talk, and through her social media. Love what she’s doing, and can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next.

Meet Ava Duvernay


Can’t wait until Ava’s film “A Wrinkle in Time” premieres! In the meantime Ava Duvernay is inspirational through all of her work “Selma”, “13th”, and “Queen Sugar”. Like Alicia, she is passionate about what she does, and the message she shares. She’s conscious of the social injustices around us, and uses her film skills to communicate these injustices. Ava is also a force in the social media world: twitter and instagram. She is a powerforce for inspiring women, and I will continue to retweet and “love” everything she posts.

In conclusion, I can’t wait to watch how Chicago Women Rising will grow and innovate. I already have stories lined up for this blog, so stay tuned!

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