Justice Michael Donnelly Talks On Plea Bargains And Criminal Justice Reform
Please join us on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 12:15 - 1:15 pm, Justice Michael Donnelly, from the Supreme Court of Ohio, as he talks on plea bargains and criminal justice reform at the University of Akron School of Law, Brennan Courtroom. This event includes a complimentary lunch.
For more information, please contact Danielle Schantz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
Akron Bar Foundation On A Mission To Improve Access To Justice By Tracey Blair
"Last year, the Akron Bar Foundation awarded $45,000 in scholarships to 11 law school students based on grade point average, affiliation with Summit County, a demonstrated history of community involvement and a strong financial need.
In addition, the foundation – the fundraising and charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association – awarded 2019 grants to area nonprofit groups that will improve the access to justice or will improve the justice system" (Akron Legal News, 2020).
Geauga County's Probate Division Adopts a Restatement of its Local Rules of Practice
The Court of Common Pleas for Geauga County, Probate Division has adopted a restatement of its Local Rules of Practice, as permitted by Rule 5 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, which will be effective on Wed., Apr. 1, 2020, but subject to public comment. The Court has posted a copy of (i) the proposed restatement of the Local Rules of Practice, (ii) proposed probate forms, and (iii) proposed checklists (filing requirements) on its website.
On the Fri, Mar. 13, 2020, from 2 - 4:30 pm, the Court will provide a discussion session at the Court Annex, 231 Main Street, Suite 200, Chardon, Ohio 44024.
The Akron Bar Association Is Hosting A Town Hall Meeting
On Thursday. January 30, 2020, at the Ceremonial Courtroom located in the Summit County Courthouse, starting at noon the Akron Bar Association is hosting a Town Hall meeting to update the criminal bar of its efforts to increase the appointed counsel fees in Summit County. In addition, we'll entertain comments from those in attendance.
Trials Showcase Outstanding Teamwork at Mock Trial District Competition
Turning Point Presiding Judge Receives Ohio Supreme Court Certification
Summit County, Ohio: Judge Christine Croce of the Summit County Common Pleas Court has earned re-certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets for her Turning Point Drug Court.
Turning Point is a judicially supervised court docket that focuses on intensive court-supervision for high-risk/high-need substance abuse offenders through a four-phase process. Participation in the program is voluntary and focuses on sobriety and recovery for participants through a team approach. The treatment team consists of dedicated professionals within the treatment community, probation department, prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to provide resources, instruction, support, accountability and tools necessary for our participants to reach their personal "Turning Point."
On January 29, 2020, please join us for the Investiture of the Hon. Jill Flagg Lanzinger, starting at 5 pm at the Green Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd., Uniontown, Ohio, 44685.
Opening Remarks: Mayor Gerard Neugebauger
Invocation: Former Green City Council Member Chris Humphries
Remarks: William Lanzinger
Administration of Oath: The Hon. Katarina Cook, Summit County Domestic Relations
Benediction: Jeff Jemison
Welcome the Hon. David Hamilton, a newly elected Judge of the Akron Municipal Court
Effective Tuesday, December 3, 2019, we welcome the Honorable David Hamilton, a newly elected Judge of the Akron Municipal Court. Judge Hamilton's investiture will be held Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 4:30 pm in the City of Joy Life Enrichment Center, 610 W. Exchange Street, Akron. A reception with refreshments will follow.
The Hon. Nicole Walker Named Akron Municipal Court’s Presiding Judge for 2020
In this role, Judge Walker 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.
The Akron Bar Foundation Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Hilton Fairlawn starting at 5 pm. Guests will enjoy appetizers, cocktails, a gourmet dinner, and a fabulous silent auction. Proceeds from this event will support the Akron Bar Foundation as it provides grants to local non-profit organizations and scholarships to law school students.
Akron Bar Foundation Receives Special Recognition At National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon
Montrella Jackson & Bernie Rochford
On November 1, 2019, at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, the Akron Bar Foundation received the Special Recognition Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter. Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter members Erin Cole, Victim Assistance Program, and Nicole Hagy, Akron Municipal Court, nominated the Foundation for the award.
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Out of 885 applicants, 647 (73.1%) received passing scores; out of 734 first time applicants, 82% received passing scores.
On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 2 pm, the oath will be administered to eligible applicants from the University of Akron School of Law at the Palace Theatre, 34 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Akron Municipal Court Launches "Have Gavel, Will Travel" Outreach Program
Akron, Ohio, October 9, 2019 – The Akron Municipal Court has formally launched a new outreach program entitled “Have Gavel, Will Travel.” The program’s goal is to schedule opportunities for Judges and Akron Municipal Court staff members to visit schools and other community groups to educate the public about its mission, specialized dockets, programming and timely topics.
For WKSU article by David Williams & Sarah Taylor (Oct. 11, 2019).
Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award: Patricia A. Cosgrove
Congratulations to Patricia A. Cosgrove, the recipient of the 2019 Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award. If her resume were to tell the story, she has had an exemplary career as a lawyer, prosecuting attorney, and judge. However, what it doesn't tell you is best said by her colleagues and friends. She's "courageous," fair," and an intellect.
Please Join Us In Welcoming Our New Business Affiliate
Brennan Manna Diamond Welcomes Seven New Attorneys
Brennan Manna Diamond is pleased to welcome the following attorneys: in our Akron office, Blake R. Gerney, David J. Hrina, Matthew R. Duncan, Hamilton DeSaussure, Jr., Stephen E. Matasich and Paul C. Filon; and in our Cleveland office, Russell T. Rendall.
Jay Krasovec and David DiFiore have joined Witschey Witschey & Firestine Co. LPA
Mr. Krasovec received his A.A and B.A. both cum laude from The University of Akron and his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Akron Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Krasovec was a partner at Day Ketterer in Canton. A native Summit County resident, Mr. Krasovec served on the boards for both The Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties and continues to be active in those agencies. Mr. Krasovec remains engaged at The University of Akron School of Law supporting its first-year mentor, trial advocacy and moot court programs. Mr. Krasovec will focus his practice on commercial, employment, and construction litigation.
David DiFiore received his B.S. cum laude from Miami University, his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law, and his Masters in Taxation from The University of Akron. Mr. DiFiore has been involved in and represented many non-profits in the greater Akron area. Mr. DiFiore’s practice focusses on the areas of estate planning, probate, business and taxation. Founded in 1996, Witschey Witschey & Firestine Co. LPA provides a full range of legal services to individuals and businesses throughout Ohio.
Introducing the Legal Services Referral Network (LSRN)
Chances are from time to time you need a helping hand. It may be a pleading, a brief that has you stumped, or a filing with no time to do the research. Better yet, maybe it’s simply a matter of case overload. Good news! Thanks to the newly formed Legal Services Referral Network (LSRN), there are well-qualified lawyers with legal research and writing experience available to help.
Akron Bar Association Announces 2019 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.
The Akron Bar Association has created a website http://www.YouBeTheJudgeSummitCounty.com– to not only promote the Commission’s ratings, but to serve as a central source of information about the local judicial candidates appearing on the November ballot. In addition to the ratings, links to the candidates’ websites and social media pages can be found easily.
All ratings require a majority vote of the Commission; a rating of “Excellent” requires two thirds super majority of the Commission. The ratings are not intended to be a comparison or endorsement of candidates, but only represent the Commission’s evaluation of each individual candidate’s qualifications for the specific office sought.
A rating of “Adequate” requires a vote of a majority of the Commission members present. If a candidate is rated “Adequate,” a second ballot is taken to determine if the rating “Good” will be awarded, also requiring a vote of the majority of the Commission members present. If a candidate is rated “Good,” a third ballot is taken to determine if the rating “Excellent” will be awarded. The “Excellent” rating requires the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the Commission members present.
The Commission is comprised of 28 experienced members of the Akron Bar Association selected by its Municipal Courts Committee, Common Pleas & Appellate Courts Committee, Family Law Section, Probate Law Section, the Chair of the Commission, and the Bar President. No more than 50% of the Commission may be from any one political party. All candidates complete a questionnaire containing extensive biographical data and submit relevant materials, including writing samples. References for the candidates are interviewed and intensive interviews of the candidates are conducted.
This year, the Commission, chaired by Chris Esker with Michael Elliot serving as vice-chair, evaluated the judicial candidates running in the election scheduled for November 5, 2019.
I have been working with the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) to address increasing concern over the Ohio Legislature’s decision to single out attorneys as the only state-licensed professionals no longer eligible for the state’s Business Income Deduction.
OSBA is concerned that solo/small firm practitioners are positioned to be hard hit by House Bill (HB)166. To put some perspective around that, nearly half of our Akron Bar members fall into this category.
Under current Ohio law, pass-through entities pay no tax on the first $250,000 of income. In excluding lawyers from the deduction, the amendment will have significant implications on the tax liabilities of many lawyers and create disparate treatment in Ohio's tax code among similarly-situated business entities with seemingly no basis for doing so.
Even though Governor Mike Dewine has signed the bill, there is hope that -- with enough pressure from the legal community -- it will come under review and be rescinded in the fall time frame. That’s where your help is needed.
The OSBA is asking concerned attorneys to take part in a letter writing campaign to their State Representatives. The purpose is to raise consideration around the fairness of singling out a profession, making it known that solo/small practices will be significantly impacted and letting them know all that attorney’s do to support the economy and local communities.