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.
A Message From Karen D. Adinolfi, Akron Bar President, and Alisa N. Benedict O’Brien, Vice President of Membership
Dear Members of the Akron Bar Association:
Thank you for your steadfast support of the Akron Bar Association!
Our focus is helping you be successful in your career. However, we understand the difficult decisions you are making every day during the COVID-19 crisis. We are making them as well in our personal, professional, and association lives.
While we know your association membership is important to you, we also know that as we navigate this crisis, maintaining your membership may not be your first priority. As a result we are deferring all membership expirations from March-June until July 1. We’ll still send you renewal reminders if your membership is due, and we’ll offer you a 10% discount if you pay on time, but we won’t require you to pay to maintain your membership until at least July 1. Simply subtract 10% from your renewal total when you pay by check or credit card.
It’s important to us to maintain our wonderful Akron legal community and the “Akron lawyer” that is the hallmark of the Akron Bar Association. We want to continue our efforts to keep you informed about local courts and local legal news. Our goal is to be with you during this time and to be there for you once this situation concludes…and we hope our members are there for us too.
We want you to stay connected to your community of peers without the added worry of finding the resources to update your membership during this difficult time.
Please let us know if you have any questions and feel free to contact Thomas C. Petropoulos, our Membership Director, at or 330.436.0106, or C. Allen Nichols, our Executive Director, at 330.436.0101. Our staff is working from home, but they are ready to help!
Thank you for your membership and your dedication to the Akron Bar Association. We look forward to seeing once this situation ends. Please stay safe!
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"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."
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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."
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.
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.
Harry William Schwab, Jr., passed peacefully on Apr. 21, 2020.
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."
Apr. 29, 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 the Court’s most recent, updated COVID-19 response plan this afternoon. The Court has been proactive in its response to maintain a safe work environment for court employees and the public and in addressing the issues raised in the Ohio Director of Health’s Stay at Home Orders."
Apr. 23, 2020 - $14,029 Grant From The Supreme Court of Ohio Supports Local Hearings
"Summit County Probate Court has been awarded a technology grant from the Ohio Supreme Court in the amount of $14,029 to purchase items that will assist in the response to COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, issues of security over court records meant that court computers were not equipped with cameras or microphones. These addition have allowed important hearings and other court business to continue throughout the stay at home and social distancing orders."
Apr. 23, 2020 - $25,000 Grant From The Supreme Court of Ohio Aids Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division
"Summit County, Ohio: Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division, announced today that the Ohio Supreme Court has awarded the Court nearly $25,000 in emergency grant funds amid the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is a special one-time funding opportunity focused on the purchase of equipment necessary to quickly facilitate remote access for local Ohio courts."
Apr. 22, 2020 - Summit County Probate Court Collects And Delivers Cards To Seniors
"Thousands of Summit County senior citizens have been forced to isolate from their families during the COVID19 crisis. Probate Court works with many seniors in extended care facilities and asks the public to let them know that they are not forgotten. Anyone can help them by turning crayons and paper into a lifeline of joy in the form of cards. Creativity and large print are encouraged, but participants need not worry about their level of artistic ability as any special card can brighten a senior’s day."
Apr. 15, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Modifies Procedures To Court Operations
"Akron, Ohio, April 15, 2020 – Earlier this month, the Akron Municipal Court announced that all jury trials (civil and criminal) and traffic matters scheduled for April and May are continued due to the impact of COVID-19. Akron Municipal Court Administrative/Presiding Judge Nicole Walker has implemented the following court procedures effective today:"
Apr. 10, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division - Update
In follow up to my email earlier today, and in coordination with the General Division Judges, attached please find an updated order (highlighted portions below) reflecting further public health protections now in place in the General Division. This coupled with temperatures being monitored and masks being made available to our on-site colleagues is our effort to continue to put safe guards in place. Our hope is that everyone stays safe and healthy and that our collective efforts here in the General Division help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we know, changes/updates happen daily and nothing can ever be full proof and so we ask you to work with our state wide and county leaders/experts to do our part through this journey.
1. All scheduled criminal and civil matters shall be conducted via video/telephone conference for twenty one (21) days up and through May 1, 2020. This timeframe may be extended if deemed necessary and appropriate.
2. No in person appearance shall be conducted by and judge, attorney or party, without prior approval by the Administrative Judge, for twenty one (21) days up and through May 1, 2020. This timeframe may be extended if deemed necessary and appropriate.
3. All visitation with any inmate at the Summit County Jail shall be conducted via video/telephone conference for twenty one (21) days up and through May 1, 2020, unless authorized by the Administrative Judge.
REMINDER- **** For those of us working in the building, if you have any issues, questions or sanitizing needs, please contact your supervisor, Ruth Squires or Bob Gainer and they will help you or find someone to help you.
For our co-workers off site, please keep your supervisors updated about your access to our system and your ability to perform your daily duties and responsibilities. If you have concerns or problems with connectivity, please notify your supervisor and IT right away so that the issue can be resolved for you.
Apr. 8, 2020 - Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division - Update
A message from the Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones:
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. An updated order was signed and filed by Administrative Judge Jones on April 3, 2020 addressing the current public health crisis In the General Division and is attached to this email.
That order is attached for your review. Please read the order in its entirety.
To protect you, the community we serve and our employees, the judges request that you self-monitor your health and well-being. Do not enter the building if you have been exposed to or believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19. Do not enter the building if you are feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms. Do not enter the building if you believe that you are in a high risk category or have loved ones who are vulnerable. Please be cautious and use common sense.
If you do enter the building, there are requirements that you must abide by while present. Social Distancing Requirements include maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
If you have any questions or concerns about any issue in our building or you believe that the order in place is not being followed, please contact our court executive staff immediately.
"The Court finds that Objections to Magistrate’s Decisions require immediate attention of the Court. Accordingly, the timeframe for filing an Objection to this Decision is NOT TOLLED by the Supreme Court Tolling Order of March 27, 2020. Objections to this decision must be filed within fourteen days of the time stamped date of this decision.
The Court finds that Motions to Set Aside Magistrate’s Orders require immediate attention of the Court. Accordingly, the timeframe for filing a Motion to Set Aside this Order is NOT TOLLED by the Supreme Court Tolling Order of March 27, 2020. A Motion to Set Aside this Order must be filed within ten days of the time stamped date of this Order."
Apr. 7, 2020 - Assistance For Akron Bar Members During The COVID-19 Pandemic
In 2006, the Akron Bar Foundation established the William C. Becker Lawyers Fund to assist attorneys and members of their immediate families who, because of age, illness or other circumstances find themselves in financial distress. The Fund, to the best of its ability, assists recipients by ensuring that they have access to adequate housing, food, and medical care. Financial assistance may include grants, loans without interest or security, paying advances to immediate family, or after death, advancing money to the families, including the cost of burial.
This extraordinary time provides the William C. Becker Fund Committee (Committee) another opportunity to support the Akron legal community. This week the Committee created a micro-grant program in the form of grocery store gift cards. Members facing a crisis should contact the Committee Chair, Irv Sugerman at email@example.com or (330) 606-4336, to confidentially request assistance. Once the request is approved, the Committee will send a gift card to the member. The micro-grant program will last until the funds are depleted. Recipients will only be permitted one gift card.
Members who would like to assist their colleagues during this time may make a tax-deductible donation to the Akron Bar Foundation Becker Fund here: https://www.akronbar.org/index.cfm?pg=DonationFunds. Any donations received will be added to the micro-grant program.
Lastly, the Committee is donating $5,000 to the newly created Akron Law Student Assistance Fund to help the University of Akron’s law students in crisis. Professor Becker was a dedicated University of Akron School of Law professor and this donation helps memorialize his desire to help.
We are in unchartered territory and are trying to help preserve the Akron legal community. We hope this small step will work toward that end. Stay safe and healthy!
Bernard A. Rochford, President
Karen D. Adinolfi, President
Irving B. Sugerman, Chair
Akron Bar Foundation
Akron Bar Association
William C. Becker Fund Committee
Apr. 2, 2020 - The Ninth District Court of Appeals Information and Guidance regarding COVID-19 - Update
"The Ninth District Court of Appeals continues to serve the citizens of Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Court of Appeals remains open for business, the judges continue to consider and decide cases, and they are available to address emergency matters if they arise. Many of the Court’s staff are teleworking, but the main office remains staffed with appropriate physical distancing measures.
In line with the orders of Governor DeWine and the Tolling Order of the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, 03/27/2020 Administrative Actions, 2020-Ohio-1166, the Court will take the measures necessary to keep the public, attorneys, and our staff safe:"
Mar. 30, 2020 - Summit County Common Pleas Court 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 that she has taken the following steps to implement technology and enhance remote access to General Division services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated Ohio Department of Health Orders."
Mar. 23, 2020 - A Message From The Lawyers Assistance Committee
"In this time of crisis, the Lawyers Assistance Committee reminds you that we are all feeling a level of heightened stress due to the uncertainty we face. We need to be considerate of how our clients, our families and our fellow practitioners are affected. We need to be aware that times such as these can trigger the use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal drugs in ways that impact our lives in unintended ways. We also need to be aware that times such as these can lead to issues with our mental health. If you or someone you know is experiencing such issues, the Lawyers Assistance Committee stands ready to help. We can help before your situation worsens. You may contact any member of the Committee to discuss any related matter whether you think you need help or if you are concerned about the well-being of a fellow attorney. All inquiries are strictly confidential."
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Mar. 23, 2020 - Summit County Domestic Relations Court COVID-19 - Update
"On March 9, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued Executive Order 2020-01D 'Declaring a State of Emergency' in response to the growing COVID-19 public health crisis. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 to be a global 'pandemic' requiring 'urgent and aggressive action' to control the spread of the virus.
Based upon these circumstances, Summit County Domestic Relations Court has developed a continuum of flexible responses in case the public health crisis escalates. The continuum of responses is intended to protect public health, to maintain essential court functions, and to continue to protect the rights of all individuals subject to the authority of the Court."
Mar. 23, 2020 - A Message From Karen D. Adinolfi, Akron Bar Association President
"Hello all –
By now, you have all seen or heard about the State of Ohio’s Stay at Home Order, which calls for, among other things, the closure or suspension of non-essential businesses. However, the Order specifically designates “legal services” as essential and not subject to the Order. Certainly, in this unprecedented and uncertain time, lawyers are indisputably essential for the protection of constitutional and statutory rights as well as of our citizens most vulnerable in this situation. The wide availability of technology allows lawyers to continue their vital work while also fulfilling their obligation to prevent the spread of COVID-19; if you must personally interact with clients or court personnel, keep in mind the directives and precautions issued by the Ohio Department of Health as to social distancing. While the Akron Bar Association is complying with the Stay at Home Order, it remains ready to assist when it can. Please join me in thanking our Executive Director Allen Nichols, the Bar staff, and the Board of Trustees for their efforts in remaining the vital and vibrant resource for our Akron and Summit County bar. Let me know your thoughts."
Mar. 20, 2020 - Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division COVID-19 Update
Mar. 20, 2020 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Facebook Live Event)
On Fri., Mar. 20, 2020, at 10 am, please join Akron Bar Association, and Lawyer Referral Service President and Roetzel & Andress Shareholder Karen Adinolfi for a Facebook Live overview of this new legislation signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 18, 2020. For starters, this law requires all public employers and private employers with less than 500 employees to provide emergency paid sick leave and extended paid caregiver leave to employees who are absent from work for reasons related to the coronavirus.
Mar. 19, 2020 - Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor Participates In Governor DeWine’s Press Conference
On March 19, 2020, at 2 pm, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, of the Supreme Court of Ohio, participated in Governor DeWine's Press Conference to address Court related issues.
Mar. 19, 2020 - Stow Municipal Court To Limit In Person Operations
"After consulting with local government partners and health experts, the Stow Municipal Court will be taking unprecedented steps to adjust court operations to minimize traffic coming in and out of the courthouse. The Court will continue to conduct criminal arraignments and hearings for defendants who are in custody, however every effort will be made to utilize the video conferencing options that are available to limit in-person contact. Further, security staff will be limiting access to the Courthouse to essential parties only (defendants, attorneys, witnesses, victims). All others are asked to stay home or remain in their vehicles.
Individuals who have received minor misdemeanor criminal summons or traffic citations may request a continuance or enter a not guilty plea by clicking the links below:
Attention Traffic Offenders: If you have not had more than two traffic tickets in the past 12 months, you may be eligible to have your case dismissed and avoid having points added to your BMV record by participating in the Stow Municipal Court Safe Drivers Program!"
Mar. 18, 2020 - Notice Regarding Juvenile Court Operations During The COVID-19 Pandemic
"Based upon the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the actions of Governor DeWine over the weekend, the Summit County Juvenile Court has decided to continue all non-essential, non-emergency hearings for the next four (4) weeks. This action is being taken to further social distancing and to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible."
Mar. 17, 2020 - Summit County Child Support Temporarily Suspends Face-To-Face Access
"AKRON, Ohio (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) – Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced today that beginning today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) will temporarily suspend face-to-face access at 175 South Main Street."
Mar. 17, 2020 - General Orders For The Continued Operation Of The Summit County Probate Court
"It is the intention of the Court to remain open to perform its essential functions. These Orders are meant to discourage people from coming to court unless absolutely necessary. In order to minimize the effects of the ongoing coronavirus emergency, the Summit County Probate Court issues the following General Orders:"
Mar. 17, 20202 - Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division Plan for Addressing COVID-19
"Summit County, Ohio: Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division announced today that the following workforce structure will be in place in the General Division through March 27, 2020:
Department Staffing (other than judges personal staff)
All supervisors will continue to work on site. All Court Executive Office, Jury, PsychoDiagnostic Clinic, and Specialized Docket staff will continue to work on site.
Arraignments will begin at 9:00 a.m. (instead of 8:00 a.m.) for the emergency period. One criminal defense attorney will be “appointed” for each arraignment date to cover all appointed cases. Each arraignment day will have no more than 25 “out of custody” defendants set; all “in custody” defendants will be set as scheduled.
Adult Probation Department
The intake area will be staffed with one secretary to cover phones, walk-in traffic, and to assist courts as needed. The LEADS Coordinator, ORAS, and PSI staff will work on site. Community Service referrals will be placed on hold.
Probation Officers will be teleworking and overseeing probationers through email and telephone communication. Officers, as well as Supervisors, will be monitoring expiration of supervision dates and processing accordingly. All Adult Probation Department management will work on site.
Pretrial Services Department
Pretrial Services will continue to work on site. There is no change in the bond recommendation structure. A phone interview setting has been implemented as a cautionary measure to protect our employees that work at the Summit County Jail.
Employees working from the courthouse will utilize email communication instead of attending municipal court hearings.
Judges Courtrooms/Personal Staff:
Unless there is an order from the Governor or the Supreme Court of Ohio, each individual court shall remain open and have staff available to respond to court related inquiries. While some courts may grant permission to personal staff to telework during this period, others may choose to have all of their personal staff remain on site.
Corrigall Jones said these decisions have been made as a proactive approach out of concern for the well-being of the employees and public.
“In an effort to protect our employees and the public, we are limiting the number of people coming into this courthouse,” Corrigall Jones said.
“The courthouse continues with its daily operations.” concluded Corrigall Jones.
Citizens with questions regarding a particular case or department should contact:
Jury Commissioners Office
General Civil Case Information
General Criminal Case Information
Adult Probation Department
Court Executive Office
Judge Alison Breaux
Judge Christine Croce
Judge Amy Corrigall Jones
Judge Alison McCarty
Judge Kelly L. McLaughlin
Judge Kathryn Michael
Judge Tammy O'Brien
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield
Judge Susan Baker Ross
Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands
Mar. 16, 2020 - Juvenile Court Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
"Based upon the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the actions of Governor DeWine over the weekend, the Summit County Juvenile Court has decided to continue all non-essential, non-emergency hearings for the next four (4) weeks. This action is being taken to further social distancing and to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible.
The following hearings will go forward as emergency and/or mandatory hearings:
1. Detention hearings for youth that have been held in detention or at Safe Landing
2. Shelter Care Hearings
3. Dependency, Abuse & Neglect Adjudicatory and Dispositional Hearings
4. Requests for Juvenile Protection Orders
5. Any felony delinquency or violent misdemeanor hearing, upon the request of the Prosecutor, due to a risk to community safety
6. Any hearing, upon written request of any party, because an immediate hearing is necessary to protect the best interests of a child
7. Hearings during which a child will be returned to a parent
Some of these hearings may be conducted by telephone, if the parties so agree. Further instructions as to how to access these call-in hearings will be provided to the attorneys and/or parties involved by email.
In lieu of scheduled Review Hearings, the parties are asked to provide written updates to the Court. The preferred means of providing these reports is by a written report to be filed with the Clerk. The preferred method of filing is via mail to 650 Dan Street, Akron, Ohio, 44310, or fax to 330.643.2987.
Trials and hearings other than those outlined above as mandatory and/or emergency hearings that are scheduled during the next four weeks will be continued by the Court. The Summit County Juvenile Court does plan to return to business as usual on April 13, 2020, however additional continuances may extend beyond the next four weeks depending on the status of the spread of the virus. The parties will be contacted regarding the rescheduling of these hearings once this crisis has passed.
Updates will be provided on our website at juvenilecourt.summitoh.net. The public can also call their assigned Court worker or 330.643.2900 for information."
Mar. 16, 2020 - Update From The Akron Law Library
The Akron Law Library, located on the 4th floor, of the Summit County Courthouse, will close to the public on Mon., Mar. 16, 2020, at 4 pm. Staff will be on-site to handle legal research requests by telephone or email.
Mar. 16, 2020 - Akron Municipal Court Outlines Plan For March In Response to COVID-19 Threat
"Akron, Ohio, March 15, 2020 – As the threat of COVD-19 continues to develop both statewide and nationwide, Akron Municipal Court Administrative/Presiding Judge Nicole Walker has implemented the following procedures effective March 16, 2020 through the end of March.
All Jury Trials (civil and criminal) scheduled for the remainder of March are continued. Each Court will contact the parties to reschedule.
All traffic matters including trials and walk-in hours are continued for the remainder of March. The Court will contact the parties to reschedule. Instructions for paying parking tickets, etc. can be found on our website: https://www.akronmunicipalcourt.org
All criminal proceedings (bench trials, suppression hearings, restitution hearings, etc.) will be continued. Each Court will contact the parties to reschedule.
Inmates will not be transported from the Summit County Jail to our courthouse for the remainder of March. All matters will be conducted via video in the Arraignment courtroom on the 7th floor of the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center.
Those who received a felony summons should report to Court as usual.
All civil cases will be conducted by telephone conference or continued. Each Court will contact the parties with instructions.
All new civil filings should be sent to the Clerk of Court via mail. Please call the Clerk of Court for information at (330) 375-2920.
All probationers who are scheduled to report during the month of March should contact their Probation Officer before reporting in-person.
The Probation Department will implement telephone meetings instead of in-person meetings for the remainder of March with most probationers.
All specialty court dockets are continued for the rest of March with the exception of Judge Jon Oldham’s Recovery Court and Judge Ron Cable’s (RISE) program. Please contact those courtrooms directly for more information on scheduling plans.
All eviction hearings are continued for the remainder of March. The Court will contact the parties with new dates.
All other cases (garnishments, revivors, small claims) are continued for the remainder of March. The Court will contact the parties to reschedule.
The Court will not schedule any new weddings to take place at the courthouse for the remainder of March.
We will limit the number of people permitted to enter the courthouse in order to keep everyone in our community safe. Children and those in higher risk groups should not enter the building. Please call the court with questions using the following telephone numbers:
The Akron Municipal Court serves the cities of Akron and Fairlawn; the townships of Bath, Richfield and Springfield; the Villages of Lakemore and Richfield; and that part of Mogadore in Summit County, Ohio. For more information about Akron Municipal Court services and programs, please visit: https://www.akronmunicipalcourt.org"
Mar. 13, 2020 - Summit County Domestic Relations Court Emergency Procedures In Response To COVID-10
"On March 9, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued Executive Order 2020-01D “Declaring a State of Emergency” in response to the growing COVID-19 public health crisis. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 to be a global “pandemic” requiring “urgent and aggressive action” to control the spread of the virus.
Based upon these circumstances, Summit County Domestic Relations Court has developed a continuum of flexible responses in case the public health crisis escalates. The continuum of responses is intended to protect public health, to maintain essential court functions, and to continue to protect the rights of all individuals subject to the authority of the Court.
The following changes in court policies and procedures are made effective March 16, 2020:
1) The Remember the Children Program scheduled for March 21 is CANCELLED.
2) The Working Together Program scheduled for March 26 is CANCELLED. Parties scheduled for this program date will be rescheduled for a subsequent date.
3) All Initial Pretrial Conferences and Settlement Conferences shall be conducted by telephone only at their currently scheduled times. Call-in information is provided on the attached listing of telephone conference numbers.
4) Hearings on Motions for Temporary Orders shall be conducted by telephone only at their currently scheduled times. If there are exhibits which parties wish the court to consider at this hearing, those exhibits shall be submitted to the court and opposing party via e-mail or fax to the assigned magistrate prior to the hearing.
5) For Uncontested Divorce and Dissolution hearings, the Court requests the parties to attend in-person. Parties wishing to attend via telephone or Skype should contact the bailiff for the assigned judge to arrange this attendance. The contact phone numbers are listed in the attachment.
6) Domestic Violence ex-parte hearings will be conducted by the court in the day the case is filed. The Domestic Violence Evidentiary hearing will be set within legally required time frames. However, for the Domestic Violence Evidentiary hearing, due to public health concerns, only the parties and counsel may attend. No additional witnesses shall attend the initially scheduled evidentiary hearing. If testimony of anyone other than the parties is required, that testimony will be heard on a subsequent date to be assigned by the magistrate.
7) For any hearing type not listed above, the parties and counsel shall attend in-person unless other arrangements are made with the court. Any parties with scheduled hearings who are ill, or unable to attend the hearing in-person shall email the court to request either remote attendance via telephone or Skype or to request a continuance of the hearing. Those requests shall be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy sent to the opposing party or counsel. The assigned magistrate or judge will review the request and determine how to proceed.
8) Only counsel or parties on a case with business before the court shall enter the Domestic Relations Court building. The only exception to this policy is that Parties may be accompanied by advocates or necessary support persons as required. NO CHILDREN SHOULD BE BROUGHT INTO THE COURTHOUSE AT ANY TIME.
9) Scheduled mediations or meetings with Family Court Services Evaluators will be conducted via telephone or Skype. Parties on these appointments shall not attend in person unless specifically directed to by the assigned court personnel. Call-in instructions will be provided to the parties in advance of the appointment.
10) Meetings with Guardians ad Litem may be conducted via telephone or Skype at the discretion of the Guardian ad Litem. The Guardian ad Litem will inform the parties of whether the meeting will be in-person or via telephone or Skype and will provide contact information.
11) Any person who enters the Domestic Relations Court building and who appears to be ill, coughing, or sneezing, may, at the Court’s discretion, be asked to leave the building and reschedule their hearing.
12) For those parents looking for guidance as to the media’s wording of “THREE WEEK spring break”—our standard order and many parenting plans do not provide for mass emergency school closures. This is not a spring break that is on the school schedule that parents planned for and anticipated.
The court considers this an emergency school closure, as if the schools were closed due to a tornado or a hurricane. Parents will have to work together, and accommodate each other’s situation as much as they are able. The spring break that was set by school districts is the only spring break that is subject to prior court order. If they cannot agree, (and their parenting plan does not address the situation) then they can resort to their school year schedule, with the parent dropping off in the morning being responsible for the childcare for the school day up until the time the other parent is to pick-up the child. This is not a time for rigid interpretations of parenting plans that have no provisions for unanticipated emergency situations.
The current health crisis is a fluid situation and is subject to change as the situation dictates. The Court will post any updates and changes to the court website at www.drcourt.org. A list of court contact phone numbers is attached for any questions about hearing dates, procedures, etc."
Mar. 13, 2020 - A Message From The Summit County Juvenile Court
"A Message to Attorneys Who Practice in the Summit County Juvenile Court:
I realize and completely understand the concern regarding the outbreak of the Covid-19, or Coronavirus, that has reached pandemic proportions worldwide and has recently permeated our state and reports that individuals have contracted the virus in Cuyahoga County to the north and Stark County to the south.
I think it is important to note that the Court will not be closing. However, I believe we are taking responsive and responsible measures to minimize exposure as much as possible without negatively impacting the essential daily operations of the Court. We are doing this to protect the health and welfare of the youth in the Detention Center, members of the public and our Court staff.
Therefore, effective immediately and until further notice, it has been decided to take the following action:
a. All outside programming and family visitation to the Detention Center has been suspended. We will be allowing youth to have extra phone contact with family and are working on setting up video visits. I met with all of the youth on Thursday morning and explained what we are doing and asked for their understanding. They took the news surprisingly well and asked good questions;
b. Court officers will be conducting their contact with youth in detention via telephone.
c. All outside non-emergent transports from the detention center have been suspended;
d. Special precautions are being taken prior to the admission of youth to the detention center as recommended by the nursing staff;
2. Except as necessary for the best interests of a child or to protect community safety, home and school visits for Probation Officers, Case Managers and CASA staff are being suspended. Staff contact with clients will continue at the same level as before via electronic means.
3. The Following Hearings are a priority and essential Court function and should proceed as usual:
a. DN: Shelter Care Hearings, Adjudications, Dispositions, Sunset Hearings and Permanent custody trials. Please note that we have been informed that the jail will not be transporting inmates for their hearings which may affect the ability to proceed.
b. DL: Detention Hearings, Felony Preliminary Hearings, Misdemeanor Preliminary Hearings (if community safety issue e.g. Domestic Violence), Probation Violation Preliminary Hearings (only if there is a public safety concern), Adjudications and Dispositions
c. Requests for Protection Orders.
d. Reviews for Youth in residential facilities for the purpose of releasing them to a parent or legal custodian
4. The Following hearings will be continued to a later date, held by telephone or by written reports by the parties:
a. Probation and Parole Reviews
b. Reviews for youth in residential placement
c. Preliminary Hearings on Misdemeanors where there is not a community safety concern
d. DN Review Hearings
e. Citizens Review Board
f. Probation Violation Preliminary Hearings where there is not a community safety concern
g. BHJJ and CBT Reviews
5. Traffic hearings are being rescheduled until the second week of April.
6. Specialized Docket Reviews:
a. FRRC, Crossroads and Restore should attempt to conduct hearings by telephone or other electronic means.
b. Clients should have individual instead of group hearings.
c. Hearings can be cancelled at the discretion of the jurists if the participant is doing well.
d. Treatment Team meetings should be limited in attendance if at all possible. Members will be encouraged to participate by telephone or by written report, if possible.
7. The following are cancelled pending further notice. These programs will be rescheduled at a later date:
a. Traffic Preliminary Hearings
b. Victim Impact Panel
c. Parent Project
e. Teen Court
f. Diversion Hearings (will be done by telephone)
g. Peace Circles
h. Women’s Board Meetings
i. Child Responsibility Project
j. Attorney Help Desk
k. Offender Specific Groups
l. BHJJ Groups
m. All CASA Trainings (pre- and in- service)
n. Firearm Safety
8. Unless the hearing is required to be an open hearing (Bindover or SYO), the number of individuals attending hearings will be limited to the parties, their lawyers, the child’s parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s), witnesses, victims and foster parents. A Judicial Officer will make the determination if others wish to attend the hearing.
9. Attorneys appointed to cases as GAL’s will be advised to suspend their home visits except in case of an emergency and to make their contacts via electronic means.
10. Interaction with Court:
1. Court hours are modified to 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
2. The preferred method of filing pleadings with the Court is via mail to 650 Dan Street, Akron 44310 or via fax to 330-643-2987
3. The Public is encouraged to contact their Court Worker with questions. If a person is unsure of who to call, they can call the Juvenile Court main number at 330-643-2900.
4. General information and up to date cancellations will be posted at https://juvenilecourt.summitoh.net/
11. Everyone should take the necessary precautions personally by washing your hands on a regular basis. The Court is attempting to secure hand sanitizers and wipes to place throughout the Court. As I am sure you are aware, they are in short supply.
12. If you have face-to-face contact with a youth and/or a family member here at the Court, please make certain that the area where the meeting takes place is wiped down and that the parties wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer before and after the meetings.
13. Drug screen swabs and DNA swabs for genetic testing by Court staff are suspended pending further notice.
The uncertainty we face in light of this outbreak is real. I would rather err on the side of caution than take unnecessary risks. Hopefully, sooner than later, this pandemic will be contained and we can relax the conditions that have been put in place. Until then, I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation regarding this matter. If you have questions or suggestions, please pass them along. Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio"
Mar. 13, 2020 - A Message From The Ninth District Court of Appeals
"The Ninth District Court of Appeals has closely followed the reports of local and national health officials and Governor Mike DeWine regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Governor DeWine and health officials have established guidelines and measures to combat the spread of this virus. Fortunately, for most people, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low, but the situation is evolving rapidly. In line with the orders of Governor DeWine and health experts, the Court will take the measures necessary to keep the public, attorneys, and our staff safe.
In keeping with the goal of limiting interactions among people, an important method to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Ninth District Court of Appeals will consider all cases on the briefs instead of hearing oral arguments. The Court will file orders in cases that are scheduled for oral argument alerting the parties that the cases will be considered by the Court on the briefs. If a party objects to the submission on briefs, the Court will either schedule telephonic oral argument or continue the case for oral argument at a later date.
The Ninth District Court of Appeals remains open for business. The Court will continue its regular functioning with a focus on the safety of the parties, attorneys, staff, and judges.
The Ninth District Court of Appeals hears appeals from trial courts in Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties. The Court also has original jurisdiction to hear applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, procedendo, prohibition and quo warranto."
Mar. 12, 2020 - Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division Outlines Plan for Addressing COVID-19
"Akron, Ohio – Administrative Judge Amy Corrigall Jones updated the media today announcing that, after consultation with the General Division judges, the following will occur effective immediately extending through March 26, 2020:
All trials shall be suspended for fourteen days, with the exception of Stanley Ford, unless Judge Croce determines otherwise, or we become aware of an issue that poses additional concern or the Governor orders the closing of public buildings.
Inmates will not be transported from the Summit County Jail to our courthouse for fourteen days. All matters other than Stanley Ford shall be conducted via video conference in coordination with the Summit County Jail.
All civil matters shall be conducted by telephone or video conference.
All mediations shall be continued during the fourteen day period.
Probationers who are scheduled to report during this period, should do so via telephone and will be contacted by the Summit County Adult Probation Department.
Each court will communicate with attorneys who should provide that information to their
clients. Corrigall Jones said the decision was made as a proactive approach out of concern for the well-being of the employees and public. 'In an abundance of caution, we are trying to limit the number of people coming into this courthouse,' Corrigall Jones said. 'The courthouse continues with its daily operations,' concluded Corrigall Jones."
Mar. 10, 2020 - Akron Bar Responds To COVID-19
We have all watched the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) unfold around the world over the past couple of months, but now that it has arrived in our neighboring county it is important to share with you what your Association is doing to manage.
The Akron Bar Foundation is asking for nominations to join the Akron Bar Foundation Board of Governors. Selected members will begin a three-year term on Wed., Jul. 1, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome, and interested members should contact C. Allen Nichols, Executive Director.
The Akron Bar Celebrates NEW Member Benefit With An Open House
Please join us on Tue., Apr. 21, 2020, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, at the Kohl Family YMCA for a celebratory Open House. Featured programs include:
Weight Loss Program and Diabetes Prevention
Wellness 101 (Fitness Assessment and Prescribed Workout Plan)
How to be Active at Work
Guided Facility Tours
Healthy snacks and beverages
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Conduct Board Issues Ethics Guide on Limited Scope Representation
"The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued a new ethics guide to assist the bar in providing limited scope representation to clients. The Ethics Guide on Limited Scope Representation addresses the ethical requirements applicable to lawyers who provide limited scope representation to clients. The guide includes 'best practice' advice regarding limited scope engagements as well as sample forms and checklists that can be used by the client and lawyer" (Board of Professional Conduct, 2020).
Social Security Administration Revised SSA-1696 (Claimant's Appointment of a Representative) Form
On February 11, 2020, the Social Security Administration, "...published a revised version of the SSA-1696 (Claimant’s Appointment of a Representative). The revised form also collects direct payment information previously collected on the Form SSA-1695 (now obsolete) using registered representatives’ credentials (RepID). Representatives who are eligible for and wish to receive direct payment of their fee, no longer need to use a second form or provide their Social Security Numbers to give us the needed information. With the incorporation of the RepID, we can no longer accept multiple names on a single notice of appointment" (Social Security Administration, 2020).
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.