Apr. 20 - Peer to Peer Wellness Tips: Meditation Session

Apr. 23 - CLE - After the Court of Appeals: Appellate Practice Before The Ohio Supreme Court (1 hr. CLE)

Apr. 27 - CLE - Annual J. Dean Carro Criminal Law Update (2020) (3 hr. CLE)

Apr. 30 - CLE - Privacy Primer with Emphasis on the Internet (1.5 hr. CLE)

May 4 - Peer to Peer Wellness Tips: Meditation Session

May 13 & 14 CLE - 25th Annual White-Williams Bankruptcy Institute (6 hr. CLE)

May 14 - CLE - Discussion About Racial Conflict & Implicit Bias (2 hr. prof. conduct CLE)

May 18 - Peer to Peer Wellness Tips: Meditation Session

May 19 & 20 CLE - 2021 Senior Summit (7 hr. CLE)

May 28 - CLE - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identification & Expression Training (1.5 prof. cond. CLE)

 
 


Akron Bar Association: Statement of the President

Over the last few weeks (or, let’s face it, the last many years), we have all watched horrifying acts of racism, brutality, and injustice through our own lenses of race, background, political view, or upbringing, among others.  Surely, one of those lenses was that of attorney. As attorneys, most of us find it difficult to remain uninterested or casual about such events, whether it is from the perspective of the law we practice or from our ingrained sense of justice and equality.

Whatever our emotions or their source, one thing is clear – lawyers are uniquely positioned to address these issues. We are skilled advocates for the position of our clients, which to us, is the right one.  We are skilled in identifying areas of injustice, inequality, or plain unfairness. We are skilled in devising solutions for the situations in which we find ourselves.  We are skilled at persuading others as to the rightness of our positions. We can do so for our clients and our communities on a smaller scale. Why wouldn’t we come together to address these issues?

But however we do it, address these issues, we must.  We can no longer simply lurch from tragedy to tragedy, satisfying ourselves with platitudes, memes, or superficial change.  We can no longer let the weariness of repetition prevent us from making a change in our attitudes, lifestyles, or opinions.  We can no longer let the few among us shoulder the burden of all of us.

Few, if any of us, remember in detail the oath we took upon our admissions to the Bar of the State of Ohio. I did not, so I looked it up. One phrase stood out to me in light of the events of the past few days: “I will never reject * * * the cause of the defenseless or the oppressed.” That phrase – often lost in the day-to-day of representing clients and trying to make a living in this profession – must remain with us always. Frankly, however, I have been angered by those in our profession who dismiss these principles, mock them, or resort to racist or sexist clichés; if this is your attitude, I would suggest that you need to seriously evaluate whether you have a place in this noble profession.

So, I charge us as individuals and as a profession (and I include myself in that charge) to find some way to make a change. Change begins with you, so examine yourself – your attitudes, your implicit bias, attitudes from the past that have stubbornly stuck around. Work on that; it’s exhausting and all-consuming to do so, but so worth it in the end. You will never rid yourselves of implicit bias completely, but you can make keeping it in check and rooting it out a habit. Then, turn to the action.  And while attorneys as a whole can absolutely effectuate large-scale change, and we should, individual attorneys should keep in mind the saying that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. Whether the candle lighting takes the form of something big or small, what is important is that you have set a change in motion. Do it – for others, for ourselves, for our communities, and for our world.

 


The Akron Bar's Efforts To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19

Since our last announcement to you our situation has changed rapidly, and frequently. We trust that you, your colleagues and family members are well. We are holding our own at the Akron Bar, but here are some updates on our operations, etc.

For more information, please click here...

 


Apr. 16, 2021 - United States District Court - Northern District of Ohio

Local Civil Rule 16.3.1 and Local Civil Rule 9.1 have been amended to modernize and streamline the practices in Social Security disability cases:

The changes to the service process of the complaint eliminate the need for certified mail service on the United States Attorney's Office, the Regional Social Security Administration Office of General Counsel, and the Attorney General. No summonses will issue. Rather, a Notice of Electronic Filing using the Case Management and Electronic Filing system will notify only the complainant, the appropriate Regional Social Security Administration Office of General Counsel and the United States Attorney’s Office of the case.

When a new complaint is filed, the full Social Security number shall be provided in a written disclosure statement to the United States Attorney’s Office via electronic mail.

For Local Rules, please click here...

 


Apr. 15, 2021 - Conduct Board Issues Two Advisory Opinions

"The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued two advisory opinions regarding application of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct.

Advisory Opinion 2021-02 advises lawyers regarding the propriety of obtaining a loan from financial institutions to advance the costs and expenses of litigation in a contingent-fee matter.

Advisory Opinion 2021-03 addresses whether a lawyer may, in a private arbitration, represent a closely-held corporation of which the lawyer is the sole shareholder and testify as a necessary witness. The Rules of Professional Conduct generally prohibits a lawyer from serving as both an advocate and a witness in a trial or arbitration. However, the board concludes that this prohibition doesn’t apply when the lawyer is the sole shareholder of a closely-held corporation because the lawyer is essentially representing himself or herself in the arbitration."

For the full Article from Court News Ohio, please click here...

 


Apr. 12, 2021 - New Process For Summit County Common Pleas Court Appointed Counsel Fee Applications

"Effective Monday, April 19, 2021, appointed counsel shall follow the new process outlined below for submitting and receiving payment for felony Fee Applications in Summit County Common Pleas Court. 
 
Lawyers should drop off completed fee applications to judges’ individual offices. Each judge will have a member of her staff trained in the Ohio Public Defender Commission rules for reimbursement, so that they can review the fee applications for completeness and accuracy.  Judges will approve fee applications as deemed appropriate.
 
The Executive’s Office will be responsible for entering the applications into the database and providing information to the assigned judge.  If there is some kind of billing discrepancy, the judge will address. The Executive’s office will return the signed application to the court.  The court will notify the lawyer and void the judge’s signature. The lawyer will be required to re-submit the application to the individual court, starting the process again.
 
A General Division employee will collect signed applications daily and deliver to the centralized drop box. The Executive’s office will deliver the completed, signed applications to the Clerk’s office for docketing and to the Fiscal Office for processing payment."

 


Apr. 9, 2021 - Akron Municipal Court Chosen As An Online Dispute Resolution Pilot Court

"The Akron Municipal Court was selected by the Supreme Court of Ohio to be an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Pilot Court. The Akron Municipal Court is one of 17 courts chosen statewide. As part of the pilot program the Court’s Small Claims and Eviction Division will be piloting ODR software provided by the Supreme Court of Ohio through Matterhorn, a software vendor specializing in various court software platforms."

For more information, please click here...

 


Apr. 9, 2021 - “And The Survey Says....”: Returning To In-Person Appellate Arguments

"To quote a popular game show host, 'And the survey says…,' an overwhelming number of appellate practitioners want to return to in-person oral arguments, and more than half want to return immediately or within the next month. Early in the pandemic, the Eleventh District Court of Appeals, which serves the five most northeastern counties in Ohio, moved all oral arguments to the Zoom® platform. With almost a year’s worth of experience conducting virtual oral arguments and the increasing number of fully vaccinated practitioners and judges, the court decided to survey frequent appellate practitioners in the district to better understand the efficacy of and preference for virtual oral argument and the Zoom® platform; the willingness to and timing of a return to in-person arguments; and whether practitioners would opt for a virtual oral argument if the court offered a hybrid of in-person and virtual appearances post-pandemic."

For the full article, please click here...

 


Apr. 7, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Are Asking Attorneys About Pro Bono Legal Services

The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation are asking for attorneys’ information on both their pro bono legal services and contributions to charitable legal organizations in Ohio. The short survey can be completed in approximately 10 minutes. The information enables the Court to recognize the value that Ohio’s attorneys create by providing pro bono legal services to persons of limited means, as well as the actual amount of contributions lawyers make to charitable legal organizations.

Please take a moment to view the special message from Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor on the importance of pro bono.

 


Apr. 2, 2021 - New Judges Appointed For Summit And Hamilton Counties


Hon. Bertha Garcia Helmick (left) & Hon. Susan Steinhauer (right)

"New judges were appointed today to fill court vacancies in Summit and Hamilton counties. Stow attorney Susan Steinhauer will serve as a judge on the Summit County Common Pleas Domestic Relations Court and Bertha Garcia Helmick will take office on the Hamilton County Municipal Court. The appointments were made by Gov. Mike DeWine. Judge-designate Steinhauer, of Stow, replaces Judge Katarina Cook, who was elected to another seat on the domestic relations court."

For the full Article from CNO Court News Ohio, please click here...

 


Mar. 31, 2021 - Akron Municipal Court Receives Tangible Donations From Junior League of Akron

"The Akron Municipal Court was the recipient of the Junior League of Akron’s January donation drive. The Junior League of Akron collected travel-sized bottles of hand sanitizer and winter accessories for participants enrolled in the Court’s specialized dockets and programs. Twenty-eight pounds of items were collected including more than 100 hand sanitizer bottles and a plethora of winter gloves and hats. Specialized dockets as a whole are courts that are dedicated to specific types of offenses or offenders and use a combination of different techniques for holding offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior. These are sometimes called problem- solving courts."

For more information, please click here...

 


Mar. 18, 2021 - Curated Courthouse Displays The Art Of A Pandemic

Curated Courthouse, a partnership between the Summit County Probate Court and Curated Storefront, presents The Art of a Pandemic sharing local artists work at the Summit County Courthouse. The exhibit runs March 15 thru June 25, 2021 and features the work of retired seniors and other artists who shared cards and art they created during Judge Stormer’s Cards for Seniors program at the height of the Covid pandemic lockdown. Now, one year later, the display highlights their art which offers hope and healing to both the art creator and viewer.

“During the pandemic we asked for cards for isolated seniors. Not only did we receive beautiful cards, some went above and beyond our expectations and were truly works of art. ” shared Summit County Probate Court Judge, Elinore Marsh Stormer. “We wanted to share this amazing work from these generous artists with others. This art show of pieces by local people who do not make their living through art will surprise and delight.”

For the full Article, please click here...

 


Mar. 9, 2021 - City of Akron Is Searching For A New Chief Police

For more information, please click here...

To take the survey, please click here...

 


Mar. 4, 2021 - The University Of Akron School Of Law Student Bar Association Hosts Virtual Trivia Night

"The Student Bar Association (SBA) is hosting its Annual Public Interest Law Fellowship Fundraiser, which aims to raise funds to provide stipends for law students who work in non-profit or public interest settings during the summer. The Public Interest Fellowship Program supports and encourages students looking to gain legal experience in public interest law. This year we are hosting a virtual trivia night, and winners will earn bragging rights and a trophy. There will be other awesome prizes given throughout the night."

 


Mar. 3, 2021 - In Memoriam

"Stephan M. Gabalac passed away quietly in his sleep Sat. morning Feb. 27, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Mar. 2, 2021 - Akron Canton Barristers Announces Newly Elected Officers

"After ten and a half years as the President of the Akron Canton Barristers’ Association, Attorney Edward L. Gilbert has stepped down as President. Barrister Gilbert will concentrate his future efforts on developing the Political Action Committee (PAC) for the Akron Canton Barristers."

Effective Feb. 1, 2021, the new Officers are:

  • President Cedric B. Colvin
  • 1st Vice President Marcus L. Wainwright
  • 2nd Vice President Elisa Beth Hill
  • Treasurer Esther L. Thomas
  • Secretary Shelby L. Woodall

For more information, please click here...

 


Feb. 19, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Develops New Court Security Committee

"The Akron Municipal Court has assembled a Court Security Advisory Committee. The first meeting for this initiative took place in Nov. 2020. The Advisory Committee Chair for 2021 will be Administrative Judge Ron Cable."

For more information, please click here...

 


Feb. 18, 2021 - Black History Month 2021

"As you are aware, Feb. is Black History Month." The Akron Municipal Court assembled, "...a list of the African American Judges in Summit County and Medina County along with a graphic displaying their photos."

  • The Hon. Annalisa Williams – Akron Municipal Court
  • The Hon. David Hamilton – Akron Municipal Court
  • Magistrate Cedric Colvin – Akron Municipal Court
  • Magistrate Kani Hightower – Akron Municipal Court
  • Magistrate Sharon Dennis – Akron Municipal Court
  • Magistrate Tamara Todd – Akron Municipal Court
  • Magistrate Kim Oliver – Medina County Domestic Relations Court
  • Magistrate Cara Ford – Summit County Domestic Relations Court
  • Magistrate Elisa Hill - Summit County Domestic Relations Court
  • Magistrate Crystal Burnett – Summit County Probate Court
  • Magistrate Cletus Pulliam – Summit County Common Pleas Court
  • Magistrate Milton Rankins – Summit County Juvenile Court
  • Magistrate Brett Hammond – Summit County Juvenile Court

 


Feb. 17, 2021 - Obtain Your Remote Online Notarization Authorization From Ohio Notary Services

 


Feb. 11, 2021 - The Hon. Alison McCarty Receives State Re-Certification For Her Reentry Court

"Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty’s Reentry Court has earned final re-certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. McCarty, the longest serving Common Pleas General Division judge currently sitting, has presided over the Reentry Court since 2011."

For more information, please click here...

 


Feb. 6, 2021 - Akron Bar Foundation Hosts Annual Gala & Silent Auction Fundraiser

   

At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel by clicking here...

 


Feb. 5, 2021 - Summit County Juvenile Court Proposed Amendments To The Local Rules Of Practice and Procedure

Amendments to the Local Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Summit County Juvenile Court are being proposed. The amendments include Rule 4.03: E-Filing, Rule 5: Motions, Rule 8.02: Appointed Counsel, and Rule 9: Guardian ad Litem (and correlating Appendix D: Grievance/Complaint Procedure for Guardians ad Litem).

For more information, please click here...

For proposed local rule changes, please click here...

 


Feb. 5, 2021 - Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation Elected Charles L. Greene As Chairman

"The Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation elected Atty. Charles L. Greene as its chairman. Greene succeeds the late Judge James R. Williams, founder and first chairman. 'Judge Williams’ leadership is sorely missed, but I’m honored to continue his legacy through the important work of the foundation that he created,' said Greene. Led by Williams in 1988, the Foundation was created by the Eta Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations who provide services and support focusing on the minority community in the greater Akron area."

For more information, please click here...

 


Feb. 4, 2021 - Investiture of the Hon. Betty S. Sutton, Ninth District Court of Appeals

   

Please join us in congratulating the Hon. Betty Sutton on her virtual Investiture!

At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel by clicking here...

 


Feb. 3, 2021 - In Memoriam

"John A. Snoderly, age 91, passed away peacefully on Wed., Feb. 3, 2021."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Feb. 3, 2021 - Summit County Domestic Relations Court Is Seeking Qualified GALs and Legal Custody GALs

The Summit County Domestic Relations Court is seeking qualified GALs and legal custody GALs to accept appointments.

Lawyers with three years’ experience who have worked with children and families are qualified to apply.

For more information, please click here...

 


Feb. 2, 2021 - United States District Court - Northern District of Ohio Announces Appointment Of A Full-Time United States Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full‑time United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio at Akron. The current salary of the position is $201,112 per annum. The term of office is eight years. A full public notice for the magistrate judge position is available on the Court’s website. Interested persons may contact the Office of the Clerk for additional information. Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally via mail and must be received prior to Wed., Mar. 3, 2021, at 4:30 pm EST.

All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the District Court. The panel's deliberations will remain confidential.

 


Feb. 1, 2021 - Akron Recovery Court Led By The Hon. Jon Oldham Earns Renewed State Certification

"On Dec. 17, 2020, Akron Municipal Court’s Recovery Court, led by the Hon. Jon A. Oldham, earned a renewed certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. Akron Recovery Court is a specialized docket that grants less-serious drug abuse offenders the opportunity to have their charges dismissed once they successfully meet all the demands of the twelve-month program, including treatment, aftercare, sobriety, case management and drug-free status."

For more information, please click here...

 


Feb. 1, 2021 - In Memoriam

"Duane L. Isham, age 91, passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2021, after a short struggle with cancer."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Jan. 28, 2021 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division Updates Emergency Order In Response To the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

For the Updated Emergency Order, please click here...

 


Jan. 27, 2021 - In Memoriam

"Apr. 15, 1931 - Jan. 27, 2021, James Olds Jr., 89, passed away peacefully in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, in the Uplands Village retirement community he had called home for 16 years."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Jan. 25, 2021 - Summit County Domestic Relations Court Announces New Court Administrator

The Hon. Katarina V. Cook stated, "I am pleased to announce that Tom McLaughlin has been promoted to the position of Court Administrator, and will be assuming those duties immediately. I also want to thank Ken Teleis, our outgoing Court Administrator, for his many years of dedication and service here at the Court."

 


Jan. 15, 2021 - In Memoriam

Frank E. Quirk passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2021. "Throughout his 55 year legal career, Frank took on many leadership roles, serving as President of the Akron Bar from 1983 to 84, helping to establish the Akron Bar Foundation in 1985, as well as serving as the Foundation's President in 1990 to 91."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Jan. 15, 2021 - Summit County Domestic Relations Court Proposed Amendments To Local Rules

"The Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division is accepting public comments on the proposed amendments to the Court’s Local Rules until Fri., Feb. 12, 2021."

For more information, please click here...

For the Proposed Loc. R. 27, please click here...

 


Jan. 14, 2021 - Investiture of Summit County Domestic Relations Court Judge Katarina V. Cook

   

Please join us in congratulating the Hon. Katarina V. Cook on her virtual Investiture!

At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel by clicking here...

 


Jan. 13, 2021 - Summit County Common Pleas Court - General Division Update

The Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones shall server as the Administrative Judge, and the Hon. Alison Breaux shall server as the Presiding Judge for the Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division for 2021.

For more information, please click here...

 


Jan. 11, 2021 - In Memoriam

"Akron Attorney George J. Emershaw, III, died Sat., Jan. 9, 2021, at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center after a heart attack."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Jan. 6, 2021 - The U.S. District Court For The Northern District of Ohio Is Seeking Applications For the Criminal Justice Act Panel

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is now soliciting applications for the Criminal Justice Act Panel until Mar. 31, 2021.

For more information, please click here...

 


Jan. 6, 2021 - The Hon. Ron Cable Named Akron Municipal Court’s Presiding Judge For 2021

"The Hon. Ron Cable will serve as the administrative/presiding judge of the Akron Municipal Court for 2021. In this role, Judge Cable will oversee the court’s administration, docket, and court calendar, as well as the observance of the rules of superintendence and the timely reporting and termination of all cases in the court."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jan. 6, 2021 - In Memoriam

Robert "Bob" Thomson, 84, of Wadsworth, Ohio passed away Jan. 2, 2021.

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Jan. 5, 2021 - Akron Municipal Court Receives State Certification For Judge Ron Cable’s Rise Initiative 

"In Nov. 2020, Akron Municipal Court’s Restore Individual Self-Empowerment (RISE), which was launched by the Hon. Ron Cable in Oct. 2018, earned final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. RISE identifies and aids female victims of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation. Ohio law provides for expungement for victims of human trafficking. RISE is the first program in Summit County for adults facing this issue."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jan. 4, 2021 - Summit County Probate Court - Curated Courthouse Displays Akron Artist Danny Ratcliff

"Curated Courthouse kicks off its 2021 art displays with Akron Artist Danny Ratcliff from Jan. 5 - Mar. 11, 2021, at the Summit County Courthouse. Additionally, a permanent piece, We Family Love, has been purchased as part of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Art Challenge. The painting features a family gathering or reunion in a parklike setting.  Ratcliff’s piece joins the recent addition of a work by popular Akron Artist Don Drumm just outside the Grand Jury in the courthouse. Several permanent additions by local artists will be installed in the coming months."

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 31, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division Updates Emergency Order In Response To The COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 24, 2020


Dec. 23, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Judiciary Opts To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine When Available

"The six Judges of the Akron Municipal Court have voted unanimously to submit to a COVID-19 vaccination when available."

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 22, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Will Implement Tyler Technologies’ Odyssey Court Case Management Suite

"...Tyler Technologies, Inc., announced today it has signed an agreement with the Akron Municipal Court in Ohio for Tyler’s Odyssey® court case management suite. The agreement includes Odyssey Case Manager™, Odyssey Financial Manager™, and integrated content management. The Akron Municipal Court will also implement Tyler Supervision™ for the court’s adult probation department. The court is operating an aging legacy case management system that no longer serves the needs of the court and the justice community. In an effort to make its processes more efficient, eliminate errors, and streamline access to information, the court selected Tyler’s Odyssey solution as its new case management system."

For more information, please click here...
 


Dec. 17, 2020 - The Court Of Appeals Of Ohio - Ninth Appellate District Is Seeking Public Comments

The Ninth District Court of Appeals is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the Local Rules of the Ninth District Court of Appeals. The most significant proposed change is the renumbering of the Local Rules to follow the numbering format of the Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure, with the goal of making the Local Rules easier to use in conjunction with the general rules.

To view all of the proposed changes, please click here...

Please submit comments via this email address prior to Mon., Jan. 18, 2021.

 


Dec. 17, 2020 - The Supreme Court Of Ohio Issues Two New COVID-19 Related Orders

"With the pandemic expected to worsen during the winter months, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has signed an order of the Supreme Court tolling for 90 days the case time standards for Ohio’s judges. 'It’s clear that the next few months will present continued challenges for Ohio courts,' Chief Justice O’Connor said. 'As a result, it is important that courts continue taking the necessary steps to address the dangers posed by COVID-19. This includes maintaining social distancing, requiring all persons in a courthouse to properly wear masks, and implementing all other required health and safety measures.' Since the pandemic began, Ohio courts have taken steps to keep courts in session, while adhering to public health guidelines. These include the use of remote technology, distancing of people in court settings, and the use of Plexiglass inside courtrooms, as well as sanitizing and the taking of temperatures" (Yeager, 2020). 

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 12, 2020 - New Lawyers Will Be Sworn In Virtually on Mon., Dec. 10, 2020, at 10 am EST

"The Ohio Supreme Court’s winter 2020 Bar Admission Ceremony will take place virtually on Mon., Dec. 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 public emergency.

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 14, 2020 - In Memoriam

"Thomas E. Lammert, 73, passed away Sun., Dec. 6, 2020."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Dec. 14, 2020 - In Memoriam

"Maj. Gen. Donald M. Jenkins, USAF, 92, passed away Dec. 14, 2020."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Dec. 13, 2020 - In Memoriam

"Richard E. Guster of Akron died on December 4, 2020."

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Dec. 11, 2020 - Juvenile Court Committee Meets To Discuss New Procedures For Fee Applications

   

At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel by clicking here...

 


Dec. 10, 2020 - Akron Municipal Mental Health Court Earns Renewed State Certification

"On Nov. 18, 2020, Akron Municipal Court’s Mental Health Court, led by Judge Annalisa Stubbs Williams, earned a renewed certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets."

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 9, 2020 - Summit County Probate Court Collects And Distributes Cards

"The year 2020 is one we will never forget and one that many can’t wait to put in their rearview mirror. Senior citizens struggling with isolation and hardworking caregivers across Summit County are all looking forward to the possibilities that 2021 may bring. The Probate Court and the ConxusNEO Healthcare Sector Partnership want your help in sending some encouragement and a farewell to 2020 and to also show some love to those who have given so much this year in caregiving and healthcare. Cards with any level of artistic ability will be collected now through Feb. 10, 2021."

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 8, 2020 - Did You See The Nov./Dec. Edition Of The Examiner Magazine?

To access the Nov./Dec. Edition, please click here...

To access our Digital Archive, please click here...

 


Dec. 7, 2020 - The United States District Court - Northern District Of Ohio

"Judge Patricia A. Gaughan, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that Judge J. Philip Calabrese was sworn in on December 5, 2020 to serve as a United States District Judge in Cleveland. Judge Calabrese was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve a life term. He replaces District Judge Christopher A. Boyko, who assumed senior status in January 2020."

For more information, please click here...

 


Dec. 4, 2020 - 2021 Mock Trial Competitions Goes Virtual

The Mock Trial Committee partners with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) to annually host a District and Regional Mock Trial Competition. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the OCLRE is planning to use a virtual competition format to ensure that students have the most authentic experience possible while following the best guidance available for safety.

To volunteer you must register via OCLRE; to volunteer, please click here...

For the volunteer flyer, please click here...

For more information on the Virtual Competition Format, please click here...

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Magistrate Thomas D. Bown, Mock Trial Committee Co-Chair.

 


Dec. 2, 2020 - Bradford M. “Buck” Gearinger Professionalism Award Honoring Archie W. Skidmore Makes Headlines

For the Akron Beacon Journal's article, please click here...

For the Akron Bar's press release, please click here...

Did you miss this Event? At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel:

   

 


Nov. 30, 2020 - A Message From Joseph S. Kodish

"I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Akron Bar Association and to all the participants celebrating my career with the Summit County Legal Defender Office. Your kind words and contributions are greatly appreciated. It has been a GREAT 47 years!"

 


Nov. 26, 2020 - Happy Thanksgiving!

 


Nov. 25, 2020 - Vacancy At The Summit County Domestic Relations Court

"With the election of Judge Katarina Cook to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, a vacancy will be created on the Domestic Relations Court." Bryan C. Williams, Chairman of the Summit County Republican Party, stated, "...that any qualified individual interested in receiving the recommendation of the Summit County Republican Executive Committee to Governor Mike DeWine for appointment to fill this vacancy should submit a letter of interest, along with a resume..."

For more information, please click here...

 


Nov. 24, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division Updates Local Rules

"Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division, announced today the General Division judges have approved several Local Rule updates."

For more information, please click here...

For the Order, please click here...


Nov. 20, 2020 - In Memoriam

"Susan D. Lengal (Evans), 69, of Powell, Ohio, passed away on Nov. 17, 2020, after a yearlong battle with cancer during which time Susan showed enormous strength and courage."

For the Akron Beacon Journal article, please click here...

 


Nov. 19, 2020 - The United States District Court - Northern District Of Ohio

"Judge Patricia A. Gaughan, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp, II was sworn in today, to serve as a United States District Judge in Toledo. Judge Knepp was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve a life term. He replaces District Judge Jack Zouhary, who assumed senior status in July 2019."

For more information, please click here...

 


Nov. 19, 2020 - ReEntry and VALID Clinic Announces December Date

On Thu., Dec. 17, 2020, the general public can contact the University of Akron Schoo of Law's ReEntry and VALID Clinic for help between 4:30 - 6:30 pm at 330.972.7751.  Volunteers are available to chat with you about an expungement, CQE, or driver’s license reinstatement.

For more information about the Clinics, please click here...

 


Nov. 18, 2020 - Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award - Virtual Award Ceremony

   

The Akron Bar celebrated, Archie W. Skidmore, the 2020 Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award Recipient at a virtual award ceremony. The Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award was created to recognize an attorney's exceptional dedication to the standards of the profession and to recognize one who has demonstrated integrity and humanitarian concern within the community.​

At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel by clicking here...

 


Nov. 13, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Issues Temporary Emergency Order Due To COVID-19

The Akron Municipal Court issues a Temporary Emergency Order due to COVID-19 and "...to prevent further exposure, as suggested by the Akron Police Department which provides courthouse security..."

For more information, please click here...

For the Temporary Emergence Order, please click here...

 


Nov. 13, 2020 - Summit County Probate Court To Host An Art Show With Summit DD - Art For All Abilities

"Summit County Probate Court is teaming up again with Summit DD to bring art to the Summit County courthouse. The art show will highlight various artists with developmental disabilities from across our community Nov. 16 - Dec. 16, 2020. Due to diminished traffic in the court house, the show will also be shared virtually through https://bit.ly/ProbateSummitDD.  Many of the works will be for sale with proceeds going directly to the artists."

For more information, please click here...

 


Nov. 9, 2020 - Summit County Legal Defenders Office Named New Director

The Summit County Legal Defenders Office has named Andrea L. Whitaker as its new Director. The previous Director, Joseph S. Kodish, is entering retirement following his 47 years of service. Peter T. Cahoon, J. Dean Carro, Joseph F. Gorman, Karen C. Lefton, Dianne R. Newman, Meleah M. Skillern, and Darrin R. Toney devoted their time by serving as members of the Search Committee. The Committee faced a difficult decision as the extensive search resulted in numerous qualified candidates. In 2001, Andrea graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Over her career, she has developed an outstanding reputation as a criminal defense attorney in State and Federal Courts. Andrea's background and diverse experiences are uniquely suited for this position, and her leadership skills will help the Office face many difficult changes in the future.

 


Nov. 7, 2020 - In Memoriam

"James R. Williams, the first African American to serve as a Summit County Common Pleas judge and a longtime Akron civic and civil rights leader, died Friday. He was 88."

For the Akron Beacon Journal article, please click here...

For the University of Akron article, please click here...

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Nov. 6, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division Plan for Addressing COVID-19 - Update

The Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division, "...announced today in a continued effort to be proactive, the Court has issued an Order, extending existing provisions through Dec. 31, 2020..."

For more information, please click here...

 


Nov. 4, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court And Mount Peace Cemetery To Honor Civil War Veteran

The Hon. Jerry K. Larson Magistrate Jennifer D. Towell Probation Officer Dennis Parks
 

"The Akron Municipal Court and Mount Peace Cemetery will co-host a socially distant in-person tribute on Mon., Nov. 9, 2020, beginning at 2 pm for Civil War Veteran Alvin C. Smith. Smith, who passed away in 1948 at age 104, was Summit County’s last living Civil War Veteran."

For more information, please click here...

 


Nov. 4, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton Launches Compass Program

"Akron Municipal Court Judge David Hamilton has launched a new court-sponsored program entitled Compassion, Opportunity, Mentoring, Purpose, Assistance, Survival, Stepping forward (COMPASS). The program formally began on Nov. 2, 2020, and is exclusive to the Court’s jurisdiction. COMPASS has been created for males aged from 18 to 26 who are high risk to reoffend and will provide an alternative to jail. The target demographic will have a traumatic family history (including family members who also have a criminal history), a history of dealing with trauma/mental illness, a housing issue such as homelessness, a lack of work/underemployment and a lengthy criminal record."

For more information, please click here...

 


Oct. 31, 2020 - Did You See The Oct. Edition Of The Examiner Magazine?

To access the Oct. Edition, please click here...

To access our Digital Archive, please click here...

 


Oct. 31, 2020 - Happy Halloween

 


Oct. 30, 2020 - Criminal Law Section Meets To Discuss

   

At your convenience, experience this event via our YouTube Channel by clicking here...

 


Oct. 30, 2020 - Message From Wayne M. Rice, Bar Counsel

The Bar Association recently learned that an attorney declined to represent a deaf individual because the attorney did not want to provide an interpreter so that the attorney and client could communicate effectively. As “providers of services to the public," law offices, regardless of the number of employees or the nature of the practice, are public accommodations under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and are required to provide auxiliary aids and services, at no charge to the deaf or hard-of-hearing client, to ensure effective communication.

In keeping with the Akron Bar's mission to empower its members to reflect the highest professional standards, we are providing a letter from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). NAD is, "...the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States. The NAD seeks to ensure that all attorneys and law offices understand their legal obligations with respect to serving deaf and hard of hearing clients.”

For the NAD's Advocacy Letter, please click here...

Please Note: There is a link in the letter to the Settlement Agreement in a case that the U.S. Department of Justice brought against an attorney in New Mexico who refused to provide an interpreter for a deaf client

 


Oct. 29, 2020 - Seeking One Candidate For Appointment To The CBCF Facility Governing Board

The Court of Common Pleas - General Division is accepting letters of interest for one (1) appointment to the CBCF Facility Governing Board, to serve a three-year term that commences immediately. Candidates should send a letter of interest, along with their qualifications, to the Court Executive Office, Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308 no later than Wed., Nov. 25, 2020 at 4 pm. 

 


Oct. 28, 2020 - Message From Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor - COVID-19 Guidance

"Several judges and magistrates have asked if there is additional guidance from the Supreme Court in light of the spiking numbers of COVID-19 cases and the hospital admissions. The guidance remains the same. Your first consideration as a judge or magistrate is the health and safety of your employees and the public who enter the courthouse. Everyone correctly wearing masks, taking temperatures, sanitizing, and socially distancing are mandatory practices to keep people safe."

For the Chief Justice's entire message, please click here... 

 


Oct. 28, 2020 - Attorney Contact Visitation At The Summit County Jail COVID-19 Update

On Nov. 2, 2020, the Summit County Jail (Jail) will be resuming attorney/professional contact visitation with the inmates. After this date, there will no longer be a need for the Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones to issue orders for contact visitation. The Jail is putting additional safety measures for attorneys and professional visitors who wish to have contact visitation with their clients. "The Jail is still requiring all professional visitors to wear masks at all times and they will be medically screened prior to entry inside the security of the jail. Inmates will be required to wear a mask during the duration of the visit as well."

To schedule visitation, please call Inmate Services, Mon. - Fri. from 8 am - 4 pm, at 330.643.2177.

 


Oct. 28, 2020 - In Memoriam

Lt. Colonel James R. Hinton took his last flight to heaven on Fri., Oct. 23, 2020, at the age of 88.

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Oct. 26, 2020 - Virtual 5K To Benefit Community Legal Aid

"Community Legal Aid will host its first virtual 5k early next month. The contactless fundraiser will support the nonprofit’s legal services, client outreach, and educational programs...The event is designed not only to raise funds, but also to increase awareness for the need for civil legal aid programs."

For more information, please click here...

 


Oct. 23, 2020 - Summit County Probate Court Additional Mailing Procedure Due To COVID-19

To insure continued good service during the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, Summit County Probate Court is slightly modifying its mailing procedure. Due to civil rules of procedure, the Summit County Probate Court must send certain actions via certified mail.

For more information, please click here...

 


Oct. 22, 2020 - Summit County Municipal Judges Announce Opposition to Changes in the Attorney Appointment Process

"On October 16, 2020, the Summit County Common Pleas Court announced that there would be a change to the felony lawyer appointment process. The Summit County Common Pleas judges proposed that a public defender would handle the initial appearance and bond hearing of a defendant charged with a felony. Thereafter, a Summit County judge would appoint a private attorney to represent an indigent defendant. The majority of the Summit County municipal court judges oppose any changes to the felony appointment process."

For more information, please click here...

 


Oct. 20, 2020 - Seeking Candidate For Appointment To The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Board

The Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division is accepting letters of interest for appointment to the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Board, to serve a five-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2021. Candidates should send a letter of interest along with their qualifications to the Court Executive Office, Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308, no later than Nov. 25, 2020 at 4 pm.

 


Oct. 16, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Announces Improved Felony Appointment Process

"Summit County Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge Amy Corrigall Jones announced today a change in the felony lawyer appointment process.   The new process promotes enhanced indigent representation, while providing a cost savings to Summit County.  Beginning in November, indigent defendants charged with a felony will have a lawyer appointed by the Common Pleas Court judge assigned to the case."

For more information, please click here...

 


Oct. 13, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Issues Reminder Regarding Policies And Procedures

"Akron, Ohio, Oct. 13, 2020 – The Akron Municipal Court wishes to issue a reminder related to procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

For more information, please click here...

 


Oct. 9, 2020 - The Akron Law Review Calls For Papers On Criminal Justice Reform

"The ​Akron Law Review is the flagship journal of The University of Akron School of Law. Founded in 1967, the ​Akron Law Review is a student-edited journal that publishes four issues annually, including a symposium issue and an annual Intellectual Property Edition."

For more information on submissions and guidelines, please click here...

 


Oct. 9, 2020 - Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Candidates Forum

This one-hour virtual forum will be recorded live-to-tape on Fri., Oct. 9, 2020, and made available for viewing and broadcast across the state beginning Tue., Oct. 13, 2020, at 10 am. Karen Kasler and Curtis Jackson are the moderators and all four candidates will be participating. Please check our website later this week or early next week when we will publish a "where to watch and listen" guide for how to view the forum. In addition, it will be available on our website for viewing beginning on Oct. 13, 2020.

 


Oct. 8, 2020 - Budgeting For Retirement

There are all kinds of “rule of thumb” numbers floating around for how much income you’ll need in retirement, but they are just that — guidelines, not hard and fast rules that will necessarily apply to your particular situation. Budgeting for your retirement is a bit of a guessing game however clarifying your goals and expectations will make it easier.

For the article, please click here...

 


Oct. 7, 2020 - What Kind of Fool Am I (That Doesn’t Use MFA)?

Those of you of a certain age will remember the song “What Kind of Fool Am I?” That song was about love, but for Pete’s sake, why is it that some lawyers keep insisting that they won’t use MFA, multi-factor authentication? Thanks to our good friend Ben Schorr, who works at Microsoft, for sending us an Aug. 7 Microsoft update on why multi-factor authentication is so critical. It is short, sweet and should be read by anyone who has resisted multi-factor authentication, and there's a lot of you!

For the article, please click here...

* The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Akron Bar.

 


Oct. 6, 2020 - Fastcase Provides Live Walk-Through Of New Platform

Throughout Oct., the Fastcase support team will be hosting a live walk-through of running searches and accessing content on the new platform to perfect your legal research.

To register, please click here...

 


Oct. 5, 2020 - Did You See The Sep. Edition Of The Examiner Magazine?

To access the Sep. Edition, please click here...

To access our Digital Archive, please click here...

 


Oct. 1, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division - COVID-19 Update

"Summit County, Ohio: Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division, announced today in a continued effort to be proactive, the Court has issued an updated Order, in effect through November 6, 2020."

For more information, please click here...

 


Sep. 30, 2020 - The Akron Bar Celebrates A Member's 47 Years Of Service

On Sep. 30, 2020, after 47-years of service, Joseph S. Kodish will retire as the Director of Legal Defender Office of Summit County, Ohio Inc. During Joe's longstanding career and membership at the Akron Bar, he has served on numerous Committees and sections. Help us celebrate his achievements by sending your well wishes to Janean Ray.

 


Sep. 24, 2020 - CLE Content Expands Through Partnership

The Akron Bar and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) will partner this Fall to make our CLE content accessible to members of both organizations. By partnering, members will benefit by accessing a more comprehensive selection of local content, and still receive a discounted admission or "member rate," in most situations.

Shortly, we will add CMBA's CLE seminars to our News & Events and Calendar pages.

 


Sep. 23, 2020 - Seeking Two (2) Candidates For Appointment To The CBCF Facility Governing Board

The Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division is accepting letters of interest for two (2) appointments to the CBCF Facility Governing Board, to serve a three-year term that commences Nov. 8, 2020. Candidates should send a letter of interest, along with their qualifications, to the Court Executive Office, Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308 no later than Oct. 9, 2020, at 4 pm EST.

 


Sep. 23, 2020 - In Memoriam

"Michael Lewis Weigand, 77, of Barberton, Ohio died peacefully early in the morning on Sep.23, 2020, at Summa Hospice in Akron, Ohio in the arms of his daughter, Lesley."

For the Akron Beacon Journal article, please click here...

For the full obituary, please click here...

 


Sep. 18, 2020 -  Corinne Hoover Six Named Fellow Of The American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers

Hoover Kacyon, LLC is pleased to announce that Corinne Hoover Six has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Comprised of the top matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, AAML members are recognized as preeminent family law practitioners with the highest levels of knowledge, skill, and integrity.

For more information, please click here...

 


Sep. 16, 2020 - Summit County Probate Court & The Summit County Metro Parks Offers Promises in the Park: An Outdoor Wedding Event

 

"Summit County Probate Court and Summit Metro Parks are partnering to offer a free outdoor wedding or vow renewal ceremony for Summit County residents at Goodyear Heights Metro Park.  Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer will officiate the second annual Promises in the Park: An Outdoor Wedding Event with two ceremonies on Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 at 11:30 am or 1 pm."

For more information, please click here...

 


Sep. 11, 2020 - Ronald Cappellazzo Joins Owings Law, LLC

Owings Law, LLC, located in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, is pleased to announce that Attorney Ronald Cappellazzo recently joined our firm. A graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College, Cappellazzo has over 30 years of experience, practicing primarily in bankruptcy, criminal law, and domestic relations.

Attorney Lisa Owings, the firm’s founder, also announces that she has recently become licensed in North Carolina. Attorney Owings would be happy to assist your clients throughout Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, New Jersey, Utah, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, working closely with you if they need legal representation in one of these states, and allowing you to expand the services you provide.

 


Sep. 10, 2020 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Announced For Akron Municipal Court's Little Free Library

The Hon. Nicole A. Walker

Magistrate Kani H. Hightower

 

 

"The Akron Municipal Court has installed a Little Free Library book sharing box in front of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center on High Street in Downtown Akron...Little Free Library book sharing boxes promote literacy while increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Individuals can donate new or used books by placing them in the book sharing box and books can be taken from the box at no cost." The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Fri., Sep. 18, 2020, at 1 pm.

For more information, please click here...

 


Sep. 4, 2020 - In Memoriam

Robert W. Redick, founding partner of Kisling, Nestico & Redick, passed away on Sep. 3, 2020, at the age of 57.

For the Cleveland.com article, please click here...

 


Sep. 3, 2020 - Seeking Two (2) Candidates For Appointment To The Summit County Public Defender Commission

The Court of Common Pleas - General Division is accepting letters of interest for two (2) appointments to the Summit County Public Defender Commission, to serve: 1) a term commencing immediately and expiring May 22, 2022, and 2) a term commencing immediately and expiring May 22, 2024. Candidates should send a letter of interest along with their qualifications to the Court Executive Office, Summit County Courthouse, 209 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308, no later than Sep. 11, 2020, at noon.

 


Sep. 3, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division Plan for Addressing COVID-19 – Update

"Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division, announced today in a continued effort to be proactive, the Court has issued an updated Order."

For more information, please click here...

 


Sep. 2, 2020 - Looking For A Career Change Or Your Next Hire?

The Akron Bar's Career Center saves you time in finding a new career or your next hire! Current listings include:

  • Associate General Counsel
  • Magistrate Judge
  • Director, The Legal Defender Office of Summit County, Ohio, Inc.
  • Paralegal

Akron Bar members are encouraged to post positions for FREE at the Career Center for 14-days. Also, members receive a discounted rate for 30-day posting too!

To visit the Career Center, please click here...

 


Sep. 1, 2020 - Akron Bar Announces 2020 Judicial Ratings

"The Akron Bar Association Commission on Judicial Candidates has been established by the Akron Bar Association to evaluate candidates for local judgeships. The Commission rates the candidates 'Excellent,' 'Good,' 'Adequate,' or 'Not Acceptable.' Ratings are based on seven criteria: integrity, legal knowledge and ability, professional experience, judicial temperament, diligence, personal responsibility, and public and community service."

For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 31, 2020 - Did You See The Aug. Edition Of The Examiner Magazine?

To access the Aug. Edition, please click here...

To access our Digital Archive, please click here...

 


Aug. 31, 2020 - Family Recovery Court Program Receive A $50,000 Civil Justice Program Grant From The Supreme Court of Ohio

"Summit County Domestic Relations Court Judge Katarina Cook is pleased to announce that her Family Recovery Court (“FRC”) program has received a $50,000 Civil Justice Program Grant from the Ohio Supreme Court. The FRC was established by Judge Cook in November 2019, and is a voluntary maximum 2-year program that provides court-involved parents a support framework when dealing with the effects of chemical dependency and/or mental health issues."

For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 24, 2020 - Summit County Court Of Common Pleas General Division Conducting Jury Trials During The COVID-19 Pandemic

"On Aug. 24, 2020, the Administrative Judge, the Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones, announced an updated to the Summit County Common Pleas General Division's jury protocols during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These policies are, "...to ensure all jury trials comply with current health safety and social distancing standards. All protocols are subject to modification by the Court should circumstances arise. 'The new Order and Policy seek to allow jury trials that must proceed in the interest of justice to do so with the highest level of safeguards in place to protect our employees, jurors, parties, attorneys, and the public,' explained the Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones."

For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 21, 2020 - The Hon. David Hamilton Named To 2020 “30 For The Future” Class

"Hon. David Hamilton is one of thirty area men and women selected based on professional accomplishments and community involvement. Judge Hamilton was nominated for this honor by fellow Akron Municipal Court The Hon. Ron Cable. 'I have known Judge Hamilton for many years and he is an innate leader. I am grateful to call him a friend,' said Judge Cable. 'He is very passionate about being a Judge and his positive leadership has already impacted our jurisdiction.'”

For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 21, 2020 - Salvation Army Of Summit County 

"The Salvation Army of Summit County opens its day-long schooltime program for children of working parents on September 14, 2020, providing quality day-long distance learning and tutoring for children enrolled in area schools."

For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 18, 2020 - COVID-19: Lawyer, Parent, And Teacher - Update

The COVID-19 Pandemic can feel overwhelming due to the rapid escalation of events and the stress of uncertainty. As part of the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium effort to assist our members that serve as a Lawyer, Parent, and Teacher, we created a webpage with information to help manage the trepidation and nervousness everyone feels now with the return to school.

On Aug. 10, 2020, the Consortium held an open forum with parents, and at this meeting, it was suggested we help develop a tutoring/babysitting list from within our Metro Bar communities.

Lastly, we have created a Listserv for our members to utilize by sharing ideas, asking for suggestions, and to help relieve some of the stress they are experiencing with their children back in school, whether online or in the classroom. This "support group" can be a useful resource!

 


Aug. 17, 2020 - Fastcase Users Will Begin Transitioning To A Newly Updated Version

In Sep. 2020, Fastcase users will begin transitioning to the newly updated version of Fastcase! "Phil Rosenthal, President of Fastcase, said, 'We are thrilled to roll out a big upgrade of Fastcase legal research. We’ve worked for years to make the research experience easier and provide more powerful tools so that you find what you need faster.' Fastcase brings big data analytics, visualization, and work-flow tools to online legal research. Empowering attorneys to quickly identify the most important cases and reduce time wasted on repetitive tasks. The newest version of Fastcase provides a greater variety of tools and results with improved speed, expanded search options, and more intuitive functionality."

To learn more about the changes in the new Fastcase interface, please click here...

 


Aug. 14, 2020 - Akron Bar Association President Welcomes Law Students

   

To watch the message, please click here...

 


Aug. 14, 2020 - You May Now – Finally – Take the Exam

"The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 will be forever remembered for significant changes it left American society: the casualty of the handshake; the pummeling of the restaurant industry; and for law school graduates and the broader legal community, the changes made to the annual bar exam. The year’s second bar exam in Ohio, postponed twice, will now be administered online October 5 and 6, 2020."

For the full article, please click here...

 


Aug. 13, 2020 - The Hon. Ron Cable To Receive Award From The Final Farewell Project

"It was announced earlier this week that Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable has been named a 2020 Kitty Burgett Celebration of Life Honoree, an award presented by The Final Farewell Project.

Judge Cable was chosen for this award specifically because of his work to combat human trafficking and his support of the LGBTQ community."

For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 12, 2020 - Brennan, Manna & Diamond (BMD) Makes An Announcement 

"Brennan, Manna & Diamond (BMD) announced this week -- Healthcare & Hospital Law Member and Executive Committee Member Amanda Waesch been appointed to the role of Vice President alongside Columbus Managing Partner and Litigation Law Member, David Scott. Waesch and Scott will maintain current duties while working closely with current BMD President Matt Heinle to manage day-to-day firm operations.

 
For more information, please click here...

 


Aug. 7, 2020 -  Volunteer Opportunity

Did you know that on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each Month, the Akron Bar provides the Ask An Attorney service to the general public from 9 - 11 am?

To volunteer, please click here...

 


Aug. 5, 2020 - Akron Bar Is Searching For Volunteer Member/Editor

The Volunteer Member/Editor will develop additional legal content for our monthly electronic news magazine, The Examiner Magazine. A brief outline of the expectations follows:

  • Solicit articles from members on legal topics of interest especially those related to current events.
  • Perform an initial evaluation of submitted articles to ensure that they are appropriate for the Examiner
  • Develop and implement a peer review system for articles that includes the rapid turnaround of reviews as well as to insure the integrity of the Examiner
  • Coordinate with staff to ensure the smooth handoff of accepted articles for publication.
  • Work closely with the Director of Legal Professional Development as well as section/committee chairs to develop and maintain a pipeline of quality submissions.
  • To promote the Examiner among association members to develop and maintain a pipeline of submissions.
  • Ensure that all potential conflicts-of-interest are identified and properly managed

If you are interested in the position, please contact C. Allen Nichols, Executive Director before September 11, 2020.

 


Aug. 3, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Administrator Named To OSBA Board of Governors

"Akron Municipal Court Administrator Montrella S. Jackson was recently named to the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Board of Governors as an at-large representative. Her term began July 1, 2020 and runs through June 30, 2023. Jackson was appointed by incoming OSBA President and local Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jul. 31, 2020 - Now Accepting Criminal Appointment List Applications

The application process is now open for attorneys wishing to:

  • Be added to the list for the first time
  • Renew their spot on the list and were added in September 2019
  • Add/drop specific areas of representation.

 
The deadline to apply is Aug. 31, 2020. The Akron Bar Association offices remain closed to visitors. All applications must be submitted via email; no mailed or paper applications will be accepted.

For the application form and details on the requirements for appointed counsel, please click here...

 


Members Only Receive 45% OFF ALL Self-Study Seminars

Receive 45% OFF ALL self-study CLE seminars by entering code SUMMER (members only) at checkout thru Jul. 31, 2020. All hours purchased must be used by Dec. 31, 2020.

For more information, please click here...

To start shopping, please click here...

 


Jul. 29, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division COVID-19 Update

The Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division issued an Updated Emergency Order in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.

For more information, please click here...

 


Jul. 29, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Designates Off-Site Location For Jury Trials

"Akron, Ohio, July 29, 2020 – The Akron Municipal Court continues to update procedures based on the impact of COVID-19. The information below details a change of location for upcoming jury trials to comply with social distancing standards. All protocols are subject to joint modification by the Court and the Summit County Public Health Department should circumstances arise."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jul. 28, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Issues Temporary Emergency Order: Establishing Temporary Standard Jury Trial Protocol

"On March 18, 2020, the Court issued a General Order making certain findings of fact and based upon those findings, ordered certain changes to provide the Court with the flexibility, within Constitutional limits, to respond to the public health emergency created by COVID-19. In further response to this public health emergency, The Akron Municipal Court hereby temporarily issues the following Temporary Standard Jury Trial Protocol effective immediately:"

For more information, please click here...

 


In Memoriam

Retired Judge James E. Murphy of Akron, Ohio passed away peacefully on Jul. 23, 2020, at the age of 88. 

Please click here for the full obituary...

 


July 23, 2020 - A Message From The University of Akron School of Law

"The Akron Law Career Services Office is busy planning for Fall 2020 and needs your help! They would like to offer law students the opportunity to practice their interview skills by offering one-on-one mock interviews with local practitioners."

For more information, please click here...

To volunteer, please click here...

 


July 15, 2020 - Akron Bar's Law Week Celebration

   

At your convenience, experience the Law Week Celebration via our YouTube Channel. Please click here...

 


Feeling Isolated, Anxious, Or Depressed? OLAP is open! We can help!

"The Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP) is committed to providing Ohio lawyers, judges and law students with supportive services throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Our offices remain open during this difficult time. OLAP provides assessment and referral resources through in-person, telephone 800.348.4343, teleconferencing and webinar options. Please check our website and Facebook page regularly for supportive and helpful information."

For additional resources or assistance, please contact the Akron Bar's Lawyers Assistance Committee!

 


Attorneys With Civil Cases Pending In The Stark County Court of Common Pleas

"The Judges of the General Division of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas are pleased to announce that they will host a Settlement Week in the Court from August 24 through August 28, 2020. With the disruptions of our public health crisis, courts are developing new ways to meet the needs of the public in providing a fair, impartial, and speedy resolution of pending civil cases without unnecessary delay."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jul. 1, 2020 - New Rules of Practice and Procedure To Take Effect 

"A series of rule changes regarding practice and procedure in Ohio’s courts will take effect July 1, according to the Ohio Supreme Court. The amendments alter several rules governing civil, criminal, appellate, and juvenile proceedings, and rules of evidence. The amendments were submitted to the Supreme Court by its Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure and incorporate two rounds of public comment" (Yeager, 2020).

For more information, please click here...

 


Jul. 1, 2020 - Akron Bar Foundation Awards In Excess of $184,000 This Year

The Akron Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, has announced the recipients of its law school scholarships and community grants for 2020. In total, the Foundation is awarding in excess of $184,000 this year.

For more information, please click here...

For a infograph, please click here...

 


Jun. 29, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division - COVID-19 Update

"Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division announced today that the Summit County Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (SCPRAI) has been validated, finding no gender or race bias. SCPRAI is a research-based, data-driven pretrial risk assessment tool that provides judges with objective information about the likelihood that a defendant will commit a new crime or will fail to return to court and often serves as the foundation for a bond recommendation."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jun. 25, 2020 - Akron Bar's Virtual Annual Meeting

   

At your convenience, experience the Virtual Annual Meeting via our YouTube Channel. Please click here...

 


Jun. 23, 2020 - The Hon. Katarina Cook Launches Family Recovery Court Program

"Akron, Ohio, June 23, 2020 – When Judge Katarina Cook took the oath of office on January 5, 2017, she vowed to create a family recovery court that would address the needs of families appearing before the Court that are affected by the opioid epidemic. Not only has she kept that promise, she has expanded upon it."

For more information, please click here...

 


Jun. 11, 2020 - Hon. Annalisa S. Williams To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award For 2020

"Akron Municipal Court Judge Annalisa S. Williams has been chosen as the Kent State University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2020. The Distinguished Alumni Award honors exceptional alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their chosen profession and demonstrated extraordinary service to their community."

For more information, please click here...

 


In Memoriam

Professor Alvin H. Lieberman, born on November 17, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on April 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia.

For the full obituary, please click here...

For Ohio Society of CPAs article, please click here...


Jun. 5, 2020 - Summit County Domestic Violence Intervention Court Received Grant Funding

"Judge Kathryn Michael, Presiding Judge of the Summit County Domestic Violence Intervention Court, an Ohio Supreme Court certified specialized docket, has received grant funding from the State to implement specialized training for the Domestic Violence Intervention Court staff and treatment team."

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Jun. 1, 2020 - New Adult Probation Smartphone App

"Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division, announced the Court’s most recent innovative project, a smartphone application for use by offenders on probation in Summit County. The Court will engage the services of Outreach Smartphone Monitoring (OSM) to provide access to an App for 1,000 moderate risk felony offenders currently on supervision through the Summit County Adult Probation Department."

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May 29, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Continues To Update Procedures Due To COVID-19

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May 28, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division COVID-19 Update

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May 28, 2020 - Summit County Domestic Relations Court COVID-19 Update

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May 28, 2020 - Several Akron Municipal Court Departments To Continue Operating Remotely

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May 27, 2020 - Summit County Juvenile Court COVID-19 Update

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In Memoriam

Patricia "Patti" A. Himelrigh passed away unexpectedly on Sun., May 17, 2020

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May 22, 2020 - Stow Municipal Court Operations During COVID-19

"On March 9, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for the state of Ohio based upon the Covid-19 pandemic."

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Established Employment Immigration Firm Announces New Name, Partner, and Expansion to Immigration Litigation

"Sharon & Kálnoki LLC is a full-service immigration law practice headquartered in Independence, Ohio. The firm is proud to announce that nationally recognized immigration litigator, Scott E. Bratton, is joining the new firm as a partner to bring a depth of court experience to their platform. The newly named firm, MJB Immigration - Martin, Jolic and Bratton, will continue to provide clients with exceptional representation in all aspects of United States immigration law, and now will provide expanded access to a wide-ranging practice area within all facets of immigration litigation."

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May 13, 2020 - Instructions Regarding Judicial Release Phase 2 via Video Conference

"The Court will schedule a video conference session with ODRC and notify attorneys of the hearing date and time. Defense attorneys and prosecutors are required to attend remotely due to COVID-19. In order to do so, please install the PolyCom App on your phone, IPad or tablet (it’s free). The associated court will provide a room code.

ODRC suggested attorneys call the video support center, 740.845.3100, and support staff will walk them through the installation setup process. It is VERY important that all parties perform a test run PRIOR to the hearing date.

If Judicial Release is granted, the Court will email a time-stamped/filed copy of the Journal Entry to ODRC. If placed on community control, the defendant should report  to the Adult Probation Department by calling 330.643.7966.

Upon receipt of the emailed Journal Entry, ODRC will process the release paperwork.  It should take no more than 24-48 hrs for the defendant to be released.

Prior to being released, the defendant will be provided an opportunity to arrange for transportation.  If no ride can be arranged, ODRC will provide a bus ticket to return to Summit County.

If you have questions regarding setting up the video conferencing App call 740.845.3100 (video support center) or 614.466.2819 (central office in Columbus).  If you have questions about the court process, please contact the associated court.

 


May 8, 2020 - Suspend Foreclosure Education Program

Community Legal Aid Services and Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division suspends Foreclosure Education Program.

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May 6, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division - Notice To Criminal Defense Counsel

Notice To Criminal Defense Counsel Practicing In Summit County Court Of Common Pleas General Division: 

"By order of the Administrative Judge, until at least May 29, 2020, with the potential of extension, no “out of custody” felony criminal arraignments will be held in person at Summit County Common Pleas Court. However, starting with arraignments on May 13, 2020, arraignments will be scheduled to be held either by video conference or by written waiver pursuant to Crim.R. 10(B). Defense counsel will be notified of the arraignment date and will be expected to either have submitted a written Crim.R. 10(B) waiver or participate in a video conference. If defense counsel has not submitted a written waiver to SummitCPmagistrate@cpcourt.summitoh.net and has been unable to contact their client, defense counsel is expected to participate in the scheduled video conference to explain the actions they have taken to contact their client.  If a written waiver has been submitted to the Magistrate’s Office by email to SummitCPmagistrate@cpcourt.summitoh.net it will be read into the record without the need for the defense counsel or Defendant’s appearance being necessary. The written waiver and/or Request for Video Conference MUST be submitted 48 hours in advance of the scheduled arraignment date. If defense counsel is in need of further assistance in locating their client or instructions for the Waiver/Video Conference, they may contact the Magistrate’s Office for further assistance via email at summitcpmagistrate@cpcourt.summitoh.net or 330.643.5092.

Defense counsel will be notified via email as well as by notice from the Clerk of Court of the non-appearance Arraignment date. The Clerk of Court is sending Summons of Indictments via Certified Mail to all out of custody defendants. Included with the summons is a Notice to the Defendant that identifies the charges, the Arraignment date, the fact that the Arraignment is a NON-IN PERSON arraignment, and the Defense attorney name and phone number – as well as the contact information for the Magistrate’s office with any questions. If lawyers aren’t able or willing to proceed, the Court will appoint counsel to handle the case."

 


In Memoriam

Paul E. Milliken, 91, of Massillon, went home to be with the Lord on May 4, 2020.

 


Report of the Akron Bar Association Nominating Committee

A message from Bill Chris, Nominating Committee Chair:

The following nominees were selected by the 2019-2020 Nominating Committee to serve in the capacities listed with each name. Thank you to each of them for answering the call to service within the Akron Bar Association. Thanks also to the members of the committee who vetted a large number of potential candidates to narrow our selections to those nominated.

Committee Members:

  • Karen Adinolfi
  • Hal DeSaussure
  • Meg Matejkovic
  • Irv Sugerman
  • Jeff Laybourne
  • Darrin Toney
  • Ann Marie O’Brien

The election is to take place as part of the 2020 Annual Meeting. The details for this year’s meeting are currently being determined but it will take place on Thu., Jun. 25, 2020. Information about the meeting will be shared as soon as possible. In any case, we hope you’ll be able to join us either in person or online.

 


Julie K. Zurn Joines Brouse McDowell

Joining Brouse as a Partner in our Akron office, Julie K. Zurn brings a wealth of experience advising debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy in Federal and State Courts; successfully advising clients through a range of legal issues related to financial difficulties, including, out of court negotiation with creditors to modify or restructure debt, recovery of disputed receivables, and the wind down of small businesses; and continuing to serve as Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Ohio since November 1, 2019. Prior to joining Brouse, Julie ran her own private practice. She is deeply familiar with all aspects of administering bankruptcy cases, as she is leveraging 10+ years as a Career Law Clerk to Hon. Marilyn Shea-Stonum in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio at Akron. Julie is the founder of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation’s Northeast Ohio Network. Julie received her BA from the University of Wisconsin, and her JD, cum laude, from The Ohio State University School of Law.

 


In Memoriam

Harry William Schwab, Jr., passed peacefully on Apr. 21, 2020.

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May 1, 2020 - Medina County Domestic Relations Division Schedules Court Technology Virtual Conference

On Fri., May 8, 2020, the "Medina County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division is pleased to offer a brief overview of the current technology being utilized by the Court, including some basic practice tips for document management and submission to the Court."

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May 1, 2020 - Masks, Health Assessments Mandatory For Entry Into Akron Municipal Court

"Throughout the past several weeks, the Akron Municipal Court has implemented several changes to procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

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