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Gerald Glinsek - 2008 Professionalism Award

Biography from 2008 Professionalism Award Dinner

Gerald J. Glinsek was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. After service in the U.S. Army, Jerry received a BA degree from University of Akron in 1963 and the degree of Juris Doctor from The University of Akron School of Law in 1967. While he was working on his undergraduate degree Jerry pledged to Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. As an undergraduate, he served as president of the fraternity. He was an alumni advisor to the fraternity from 1982-2006, was awarded the outstanding advisor award in 1996-97, and received a presidential citation in 2005. After passing the Bar, Jerry took a position in the Summit County Prosecutor’s office, working there until entering private practice in 1971. As a young lawyer, he was the President of the Summit County Young Democrats in 1971 and President of the Ohio Young Democrats in 1973. Now approaching his seventieth birthday, Jerry still practices with the vigor of youth, keeping Saturday hours if need be.

Jerry is a member of many professional organizations. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. His work with the Akron Bar Association has included serving as Chair of the Criminal Law Committee, the Lawyers’ Assistance Committee, and the Bar Applicants Committee. He was treasurer of the organization in 1981 and served on the Board of Trustees from 2005-2008. He is a fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation and was Board president of Summit County Legal Aid from 1978- 1982. He is a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts.

Jerry is married to Debra Glinsek and lives in Akron. Together they have nine children, two grandchildren, and a large local family. Even approaching his seventieth birthday, and as a cancer survivor, Jerry is an avid and very good skier as a member of the Goodyear Ski Club and a competitive runner in the Summit Athletic Running Club, consistently winning 5K races in his age group. Jerry Glinsek is constantly reading-- about five different books at a time, mostly history, as well as newspapers and magazines. His keen interest in politics and history led him to work closely with the Akron Council on World Affairs, where he serves on the Board of Directors.