Prominent Ohio Attorneys Decry Attack Ad and Announce Support for Betsy Rader

 Letters speak to Betsy Rader’s leadership in advocating for women’s rights in the workplace 

GEAUGA COUNTY – On Tuesday, an outpouring of letters from prominent attorneys across Ohio announced the attorneys’ support for Betsy Rader in a strong condemnation of the defamatory attack ad run by her opponent Jerry Cirino and the Republican Senate Campaign Committee. The letters decry as a lie the attack ad being run on television against Ms. Rader, which impugns her support for women. The attorneys, including thirty of the most prominent civil rights attorneys in Ohio, praise Ms. Rader for a lifetime of advocacy for women’s rights and for her work as a civil rights attorney representing victims of sexual harassment. The text of the letters is linked here from (1) a large group of the top civil rights attorneys in Ohio who advocate for victims of discrimination and sexual harassment, (2) past presidents of the bar association for the Cleveland Metropolitan area, (3) female attorneys in past and present leadership roles with the women’s section of the Cleveland Metropolitan area bar association; and other female attorneys who attest to Ms. Rader’s history of standing up for the rights of women. 

Ms. Rader’s extensive work advocating for women includes the following: 

  • During her time at Yale Law School Ms. Rader represented women needing protective orders to protect them from domestic violence. 
  • Ms. Rader was a national spokesperson for the clerical and technical workers union striking at Yale for pay equity. 
  • After law school, Rader’s volunteer work included volunteering at battered women’s shelters. 
  • As part of her child advocacy work beginning in 1999, Ms. Rader has represented children who have been sexually abused and who live in homes with domestic violence. 
  • A significant aspect of Ms. Rader’s work as an in-house attorney was teaching companies how to properly comply with sexual harassment laws and other anti-discrimination laws. 
  • Since 2015, Ms. Rader’s full-time job has been representing victims of discrimination including victims of sexual harassment, and training companies on how to be compliant with sexual harassment laws. 
  • Her volunteer work includes helping low-income women at Legal Aid and working with the volunteer attorney arm of Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund supporting individuals who’ve experienced sexual harassment or retaliation in the workplace. 
  • Ms. Rader is on the Board of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, which is comprised of lawyers who represent victims of sexual harassment and other discrimination. 
  • Ms. Rader is a respected member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and was a founding board member of the Stand Up for Workers PAC supporting women’s rights. 
  • Ms. Rader has consistently been named as one of the BEST LAWYERS representing individuals in employment rights cases by U.S. News and World Report. 
  • Ms. Rader has served as co-chair of the Women in Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and as a board member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. 
  • Ms. Rader has been awarded a YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award and has published multiple pieces on workplace discrimination including a 2014 article in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Journal. 
  • Ms. Rader has been a speaker for organizations like the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association on the topic of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement, and has been frequently quoted in the press on the issue of sexual harassment and the importance of companies taking such claims seriously. 

Disclaimers: The opinions expressed in the letter are entirely those of the individual attorneys, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of the CMBA or its members. The CMBA does not endorse any candidates for public office. The Ohio Employment Lawyers Association (OELA) is an association of attorneys in Ohio that represents individual workers in civil rights and employment matters and is non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates