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Ab Initio Article Sept 2009 Examiner


Summer is coming to a close but the temperature is just starting to heat up with the newly developed Ab Initio Section of the Akron Bar Association. After months of hard work, determination and unwavering support from the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees of the Akron Bar Association Ab Initio was created.  What is Ab Initio? Latin for “from the beginning” Ab Initio is a fresh, new, fun, exciting and rewarding section of the Akron Bar Association that focuses on leadership development of attorneys and law students under the age of 35 or who have been practicing for 5 years or less. 

Developed and implemented by the leadership of the former New Lawyers Committee, Ab Initio will serve as a forum to assist new lawyers in their profession and integrate new lawyers and law students into the Akron Bar Association and the Akron legal community. Ab Initio will be the place to be for all young and newly practicing attorneys and law students who wish to learn valuable leadership lessons and have an opportunity to grow not only as a professional but as an individual. Surrounded by great leadership Ab Initio has already been hard at work developing programs for the upcoming year.

Ab Initio and its newly elected executive council held a retreat in July that included section development, fun, food and bowling! A great time was had by all and much of the foundation for the upcoming year was laid. Upcoming events for the Ab Initio Section include:

September 23, 2009 - Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Breakfast Event – 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Sanctioned by the Ohio State Supreme Court as an approved Mentoring Event this breakfast shall serve as an introduction to Ab Initio and the Akron Bar Association to all area Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring participants and those interested in the program.

September CLE - On September 23, 2009 at Noon, Attorneys Jonea Shade and Terri Brunsdon will present “Setting Up Your New Law Practice”. They will discuss fundamental elements for new lawyers setting up his or her own law office; gaining competence in different areas of the law; and getting paid for services.

October Tailgate Event – Join us for tailgating fun at the new InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field on Saturday October 10, 2009 when the Akron Zips take on the Ohio University Bobcats at 6:00 p.m.  Additional details coming. 

October CLE - On October 28, 2009 at Noon, Attorney  Deidre Hanlon will present “Basic Estate Administration for New Lawyers”.  She will discuss probate vs. non-probate estates, the types of estate administration available and the role of the Court in the estate process.  She will also discuss the role of an attorney as the estate administrator and the role of an attorney representing the estate administrator, as well as appropriate fees charged in estate administration matters.

Ab Initio meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, September – June, at noon for lunch CLE meetings and when necessary for business purposes at 5:30 p.m. that evening at the Akron Bar Association offices.  Special events will be announced as they become scheduled. We look forward to seeing many new faces in attendance!

Craig Horbus, Chair, Ab Initio Section