Inspirational Woman Award

Inspirational Woman Award

2018 Inspirational Woman of the Year: Rebecca Laho

Rebecca is a graduate of Loyola University with a degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2001. She has concentrated her legal practice in the family law matters, including divorce, post decree matters, parenting and support issues, paternity and adoptions. In addition, Rebecca handles estate planning and real estate matters. Rebecca has represented clients in DuPage, Cook, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties. She also concentrates her practice in estate planning. She is a certified Guardian ad Litem and Child's Representative since 2007 and has represented the interests of children in a number of cases. Prior to being a founding partner of Mulyk Laho Law, LLC, Rebecca was an associate attorney at Storto & Finn from November 2001 to April 2006, where she was primary counsel responsible for handling all family law matters. She was an associate attorney at A. Traub & Associates from April 2006 to July 2009. Rebecca is a past President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and the DuPage Bar Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

About the Award

The Inspirational Woman Award evolved from The Glass-Ceiling Buster Award. Thanks in large measure to the hard-work and distinguished service of many of the women who have come before us, today’s women lawyers can take pride in the fact that the glass ceiling has been not just busted by a few, but shattered by many. As a result of the hard-work and dedication of our predecessors, our options and opportunities as today’s women lawyers are limitless.

The Inspirational Woman is one who has achieved success not only in the courtroom or in the office, but in her life – whether she be a fierce litigator, with a secretly soft heart, or a tenacious practitioner, with a fondness for simple indulgences that nourish her soul. She approaches her practice with civility and professionalism in a manner that enhances, not compromises, her standing in the courtroom and the community.

The Inspirational Woman is one who embraces all aspects of her womanhood and has managed to successfully balance the demands of family, friends, and her colleagues and clients in the workplace. The Inspirational Woman is one who sees her legal career as a vocation, rather than merely a job or work to be done. She sees the people around her – whether they are family-members, friends, colleagues, or clients – as the most meaningful and valuable parts of a life that is not always neatly compartmentalized by family needs versus career needs. Hers is a life of artful balance.

She tends to the needs of those entrusted to her care – whether they are family-members, friends, colleagues or clients – with courage, strength, dignity and compassion. She leads by example. She teaches. She encourages. She does not hesitate to sing the high praises of other worthy women. She delivers meaningful reproach when necessary, and offers good advice when asked. She mentors those fortunate enough to follow in her footsteps. She is buoyed by their strength and capacity to surpass her own example or others’ expectations. She rejoices in the accomplishments of her peers, for the betterment of the profession and the benefit of the community.

She embraces the world through all of her roles – whether as daughter, sister, mother, friend, litigator, colleague or counselor. She epitomizes the valor of the profession and the grace of womanhood.

Past Winners

  • Judge Helen C Kinney (Year Unknown)
  • Tom Leahy (Year Unknown)
  • Irene Bahr – 1999
  • Professor Dawn Clark Netsch – 2001
  • Justice Ann Jorgensen – 2003
  • Haydee Olinger – 2004
  • Irene Bahr – 2006
  • Bonnie Wheaton – 2007
  • Jane Radostits – 2008
  • Susan Alvarado – 2009
  • Brenda Carroll – 2010
  • Brigid Duffield – 2011
  • Michelle Moore – 2012
  • Judge Dorothy French – 2013
  • Margaret O’Connell – 2014
  • Lynn M. Mirabella – 2015
  • Judge Linda Davenport - 2016
  • Kimberly Davis - 2017