Cause and Effect

A Donor and Her Scholarship Recipient Reflect on Their Connection to Michigan Law

Barbara J. Kacir, ’67, was the first woman lawyer and partner at Arter & Hadden LLP in Cleveland. She later became the first female lateral partner at Jones Day, where her clients included members of the Motion Picture Association of America and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. After 15 years with Jones Day, she accepted a position as vice president and deputy general counsel for litigation with Textron Inc., where she spent the final years of her career. Kacir now is retired and resides in Cleveland. She established the William J. Brattin Scholarship in 1990 in honor of her father.

Jenna Neumann is a 3L from Flint, Michigan, where she founded Chapter for Children, a program to promote literacy among future generations. She earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in political science, Spanish, and philosophy from Kalamazoo College. Neumann wants to pursue a career in employment law. As a 1L, she served as a representative for the Federalist Society and was a summer associate for the office of the general counsel at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. More recently, she was an extern in Geneva, where she worked for the international migration law unit of the UN International Organization for Migration. She also was a summer associate at Baker McKenzie in Chicago. After law school, she will return to the firm to join the employment and compensation practice.