Nicole VanderDoes is Chief Counsel for the ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System. A former Ohio trial lawyer who practiced in state and federal court, Nicole represented plaintiffs in wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, defective products, and civil rights cases. She also has experience in commercial litigation, commercial and consumer collections, tort litigation, contested foreclosure litigation, criminal defense, and appeals. Nicole was active in her state and local bar associations in Ohio, as well as the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the Section of Litigation, and TIPS. Nicole moved to Chicago in March 2012 to devote herself to working full time on issues such as judicial independence, court funding, judicial selection and retention, and improving public and media understanding of the courts. One of her favorite parts of her job was providing training to judges and bar association leaders to help them communicate effectively about the role of the judiciary and the importance of fair and impartial courts. She is also proud of envisioning and executing the Judicial-Media Knowledge Exchange Workshop in 2016, which brought together judges and journalists from all over the state of Missouri. Nicole is an active member of Luther Memorial Church of Chicago and a passionate fan of the Cleveland Indians, Ohio State basketball and football, and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Nicole VanderDoes talks about the #MeToo movement and workplace sexual harassment in the legal industry.
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