News & Events

Latest News: June 26, 2019

Friday, August 2
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
There’s an App for That – Help Finding Useful Software & Apps for Attorneys

Thursday, August 15
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Internet Legal Research & Law Practice Tools: Beyond Google

Monday, August 26
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Internet Marketing for Attorneys

Thursday, August 29

Ohio Notary Update

Tuesday, September 3

Family Law Section
Topic: Student Financial Aid
Registration Coming Soon!

Tuesday, September 17

Solo/Small Firm Attorneys: Best Practices to Help You Uphold Your Ethical Obligations

Akron Bar Association Members receive FREE Registration for this 1.5 Professional Conduct CLE courtesy of the Bradford M. “Buck” Gearinger Fund of the Akron Bar Foundation

Friday, September 27
Women & Law Section – Full Day Seminar
Save the Date!

Tuesday, October 1
Family Law Section – 1-hour CLE
Topic: Parenting Time
Save the Date!

Friday, October 4
Retirement Seminar
Sponsored by Senior Lawyer Committee
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Friday, October 11

Annual Professional Conduct Seminar co-sponsored by Interval Brotherhood Home
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Wednesday, October 16

Chiropractic Testimony: How to Protect Your Case From Taking a Wrong Turn

Wednesday, October 23

Auto Accidents 101

Friday, October 25

Depositions 101

Friday, November 1

Trial Evidence in a Civil Case

Monday, November 11

Criminal Law Update
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Thursday, December 5 & Friday, December 6

New Lawyer Training – 12 hours, including 3 Core Hours
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Thursday, December 12

Advanced Insurance Seminar
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Monday, December 16

Crisis Communication for Attorneys and Their Clients
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Latest News: June 20, 2019

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Latest News: June 17, 2019

In Memoriam

Timothy John Enright
June 13, 2019

Timothy John Enright, 73, passed away June 13, 2019.  Tim taught at Canton Glenwood High School and was Assistant to the Dean of the General College while continuing his education earning a Juris Doctorate in 1972 at the University of Akron. He was the Staff Attorney for the Ohio Department of Education, practiced law for many years and retired from First Merit (now Huntington Bank) as a Vice President and Trust Officer in 2006. He was a member of the Akron and Ohio Bar Associations.

Read full obituary here....

Events

The Women in Law section hosted a Kickoff Summer Painting Party June 6. If you weren't there, here's what your missed!


Latest News: June 10, 2019

Common Pleas Court Probation Program Makes the Headlines

A June 9 article in the Akron Beacon Journal covers the first hearing under the new Summit County Offender Recidivism Reduction (SCORR) program, a traditional probation alternative overseen by Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, and designed to provide more frequent interaction with probation officers and the judge in order to keep participants on track to reclaim their lives. 

Read the article here....


Latest News: June 6, 2019

In Memoriam

Leland Dean Cole
June 2, 2019

On the 2nd of June, 2019, Leland (Lee) Dean Cole, passed away peacefully at the age of 79. Lee was born on September 8, 1939 in Little River, Kans. to Reland and Florine Cole. Lee graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 and received his JD degree from the Moritz College of Law in 1968 at the Ohio State University. He was a proud member of the Moot Court Team at OSU.

Read the full obituary....


Ninth District Court Names New Mediator

The Ninth District Court of Appeals has selected John Minter to serve as the Court’s new Mediation Attorney.  More than two dozen attorneys applied, from out-of-state to local attorneys.  The Court conducted preliminary interviews with more than a dozen applicants and narrowed the pool to six.  The finalists completed a mediation simulation before a second interview.

Mr. Minter has a varied background in private practice and the public sector, but his extensive mediation experience distinguished him. He comes to the Ninth District from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas where he served as a mediator for the General Division of the Court and as the Assistant Dispute Resolution Department Administrator. Prior to becoming the assistant administrator, Mr. Minter was the director of the Cuyahoga County Court’s Foreclosure Mediation Program.

Mr. Minter’s experience with mediation began in law school.  He served as a mediator in the Franklin County Small Claims Court as a law student.  After graduation, he was an associate attorney in a law firm and a staff attorney at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, working with law students in mediation practicum courses.

Mr. Minter was selected by the law school to serve as the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution.  In that position, he organized mediation training sessions for law students and other professionals, enhanced the dispute resolution program, and continued to work as a staff attorney for mediation practicum courses.

In private practice, he had a varied caseload, covering criminal defense, probate, domestic, and juvenile.  He also served as a contract mediator.  In the public sector, Mr. Minter served as an attorney in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office where he represented Marion County Children Services in trial court and appellate cases.

Mr. Minter will start with the Ninth District Court of Appeals on June 17, 2019.


Akron Bar Directory Clearance Sale!

The 2019 edition of the Akron Bar Association legal directory is the last one that will be available in print. Production costs and dwindling sales fueled the decision to end print production. Bar members will still be able to access the online directory by logging in to the website and clicking on their "MyAkronBar" personal landing page. Links to the 2019 courts information is available on the website under "Member Center."

We still have quite a stock of 2018 and 2019 directories available at discount:

2018 Directory - Member Pricing - Was: $49 Now: $12.25
2018 Directory - Non-Member Pricing - Was: $69 Now: $17.25

2019 Directory - Member Pricing - Was: $49 Now: $24.50
2019 Directory - Non-Member Pricing - Was: $69 Now: $34.50

Directories are available at the Akron Bar office reception desk during regular hours. 


Friday, June 7
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Data Breaches: How They Happen & An Update on Ohio & California Law
 

Friday, June 14
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
The State of Cybersecurity for Legal Professionals
 

Monday, June 17
Juvenile Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Practitioners – VIDEO REPLAY


SPECIAL ANNUAL EVENT!
Friday, June 21
Annual Advanced Topics in Probate Law + COOKOUT
3-hour seminar hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section


Friday, August 2
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
There’s An App For That – Help Finding Useful Software & Apps for Attorneys
Registration Coming Soon!


Thursday, August 29
Ohio Notary Update
Registration Coming Soon!


Latest News: May 30, 2019

Member News

Judge Linda Teodosio Selected for Women of Achievement Award

The Women’s Network, on Wednesday, May 29, announced its roster of honorees for next month’s Women of Achievement awards.

The annual presentation honors professionals who have made an impact in their careers and their communities while encouraging the success of other women.

Honorees include Teresa Volsko, director of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Respiratory Care Transport and Communication Center; Julie Barnes, executive director of Summit County Children’s Services and Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio.

Read the full news article....


Latest News: May 28, 2019

From Summit County Probate Court

Probate Court & Summit Metro Parks offer Promises in the Park: An Outdoor Wedding Event

Summit County Probate Court and Summit Metro Parks are partnering to offer a free outdoor wedding ceremony and vow renewal for Summit County residents at Goodyear Heights Metro Park (2077 Newton Street, Akron).  Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer will officiate Promises in the Park: An Outdoor Wedding Event on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. 

“We want to celebrate couples and our beautiful outdoor spaces in the Summit Metro Parks through this ceremony,” said Stormer. “June is a lovely time for weddings in Ohio and we are excited to support couples who wish to commit or recommit to each other on this day.”

Read the full press release for details....


From the Domestic Relations Court

Magistrate Dennis is Retiring!

After serving the Domestic Relations Court for 27 years, Magistrate Sharon Dennis is retiring May 31.

A public open house will be held on Friday, May 31 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM in the Ceremonial Courtroom, 2nd Floor of Domestic Relations Court. Please stop by to bid farewell to Magistrate Dennis and thank her for her service to the Court and the citizens of Summit County.


The Akron Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, recently made its annual community grant, scholarship, and fellowship awards, totaling $112,709.

The following local organizations received grants to help subsidize their programs:

  • Akron Municipal Court: RISE Program & OVI Court Material
  • Akron Municipal Court Probation Department: Peace of Mind Program (Female Misdemeanor Offenders)
  • Battered Women's Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties: Justice System Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims
  • Bondage Breakers: Laying a Faithful Cooperative Foundation for Future Generations
  • Broken Chains Ministry: Restorative Justice Program
  • Rape Crisis Center of Summit & Medina Counties: Outreach, Education and Violence Prevention
  • The Salvation Army Summit County Area Services: Community Service Worker Program
  • Victim Assistance Program: 2019 Akron Municipal Court Advocacy Program

The Foundation also awarded grants to the Akron Bar Association to help fund several special services including the annual Mock Trial competitions for area high schools and a community event to take place during Law Week 2020.

Scholarships were awarded to 11 students studying at Ohio law schools who will split $45,000 in scholarship monies. To be eligible, students needed to either live in or have some familial connection to Summit County. Those receiving scholarships attend the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, and the Ohio State University. Two student fellowships totaling $5,000 were awarded to support law students working in local non-profits.

In addition, the Law Library Subcommittee of the Foundation awarded a $9,728 grant to the University of Akron Law Library. 

Since 1961, the Akron Bar Foundation has supported the mission of the Akron Bar Association to serve as the primary guardian of the Summit County legal system, through education, advocacy, and community service. The Foundation further supports the wider legal community by providing scholarships to deserving law students.


Tuesday, June 4
CLE: Panel Discussion: Ohio Child Support Law
Hosted by the Family Law Section


Friday, June 7
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Data Breaches: How they Happen & An Update on Ohio & California Law


Friday, June 14
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
The State of Cybersecurity for Legal Professionals


Monday, June 17
Juvenile Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Practitioners VIDEO REPLAY


Friday, June 21
Annual Advanced Topics in Probate Law + COOKOUT

3 hour Seminar hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section


Friday, August 2
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
There’s An App For That – Help Finding Useful Software & Apps for Attorneys
Registration Coming Soon!

Click on the titles above to register. Remember that the Akron Bar also offers online, on demand CLE. Click here for the catalog.


Latest News: May 21, 2019

From the Ohio Supreme Court

Three Visiting Judges Hear Oral Arguments

Three judges from district appeals courts throughout the state today served as visiting judges on the Ohio Supreme Court for oral arguments...

... Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Julie A. Schafer sat in for Justice Melody J. Stewart, who recused herself from Beverage Holdings v. 5701 Lombardo, Case no. 2018-0616. The case involves whether a trial court can interpret contract language in a disputed preschool franchise sale.

This was the first time Judge Schafer has served as a visiting judge.

Read the full press release....
 

 


From Akron Law

The Akron Law Career Services is busy planning and needs our 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. The mock interviews will be held at the attorney’s office or company, day or evening, whichever works best for you. Akron Law Career Services is asking those who are willing to conduct interviews to interview each student for 20-30 minutes and then offer 15 minutes or so of honest feedback. Please conduct it like you would a real job interview. Each interviewer can sign up to conduct one, two, or more interviews, as your schedule permits.

If you would like to participate in these mock interviews, please contact Alecia Bencze, Assistant Director of Career Services/Student Advising at Akron Law. Let Alecia know what dates and times work for you and she will then circulate the information to the students who will sign up for the dates and times that work best for them. Prior to your interview(s), you will receive a copy of your interviewee’s resume and a list of frequently asked questions. Alecia's e-mail is anb77@uakron.edu and her phone number is 330-972-7876.

Akron Law Career Services would like the mock interviews scheduled the weeks of July 22-26 and July 29-August 2, in advance of the beginning of fall on-campus interviews and we find that interviews over the lunch hour (12-1:15 PM) or after work hours (5-6:15 PM) tend to work best for student and attorney schedules. Please suggest any days and times (day or evening) during that week that work for you. Please note that you do not have to be an alumni from UA to participate! Additionally, this is also open to our Cleveland-based lawyers as some students live “up north.”

On behalf of the University of Akron and the Akron Bar Association Law School Liaison Subcommittee, Akron Law Career Services and the law students, thank you warmly for your consideration.


Member News



Paul Perantinides Invests in WKSU's Independent Journalism: Newsroom to Be Named "The Perantinides & Nolan Newsroom" Through Transformational Gift 

WKSU’s state-of-art newsroom will be named The Perantinides & Nolan Newsroom, thanks to a transformational $250,000 gift from Attorney Paul G. Perantinides. The newsroom was reimagined and expanded in 2016 and is located within the WKSU Broadcast Center at Kent State University. The interactive space is the heart of WKSU’s news and information public service to the Northeast Ohio community, serving as the organizational hub and workspace for the station’s award-winning news team and Kent State student interns. This current-use gift is only the second at this level in WKSU history.

WKSU Executive Director and General Manager Wendy Turner says, “This gift in support of the WKSU newsroom strengthens local journalism in our region. Across the country, local news ecosystems are severely challenged by collapsing business models.  Because of vast community support and historic investments like this one – WKSU is positioned to pick up the slack. Funding local news is an act of philanthropy but it's also an investment in the civic and cultural life of our region.”

Perantinides, a longtime member of WKSU’s Community Advisory Council, is committed to WKSU’s focus on public service journalism and the role it plays in preserving democracy by providing essential information to the public. The funds from Perantinides’ landmark gift will support the WKSU news operation – the journalists, editors, producers and student interns who work to cover Northeast Ohio news with depth and excellence – and will help the station to pursue new, impactful reporting projects and partnerships. 

Perantinides says, “It takes significant resources for WKSU to function at such a high level and I feel that we have a moral obligation to use our resources to help transform the community in a way that is valuable to all of us. We’re sending a loud and clear message to the community that we’re all in it together – and that Perantinides & Nolan and WKSU have an important alignment.”

Turner adds, “We are so grateful to Paul for his decades of support to WKSU and for his service on our Community Advisory Council.  Paul's commitment to Akron, and the region, through his work and philanthropy, make us proud to partner with him in this effort.”

As a prominent attorney and through his volunteer and philanthropy work, Paul Perantinides has been a leader in the Akron community for five decades. He’s been serving as a trial attorney for 50 years, most notably with his firm, Perantinides & Nolan. His commitment to WKSU spans more than 30 years, serving as a member of WKSU’s Community Advisory Council for 20 years where he has offered valuable guidance and support to the station. Perantinides is committed to preserving the rights of others, advocating for causes, pursuing the truth and promoting justice – in his professional, philanthropic and personal life.

“It’s admirable that WKSU has been an award-winning organization for decades, is well-respected and the WKSU/NPR brand is one that we’re fortunate to have in our community,” Perantinides says. “We [Perantinides & Nolan] are honored to have this opportunity to support an organization that has done so much good.”

WKSU is an award-winning public radio station and service of Kent State University that broadcasts to 22 counties in Northeast Ohio from the station’s primary signal at 89.7. WKSU content can also be heard over WKRW 89.3 (Wooster), WKRJ 91.5 (Dover/New Philadelphia), WKSV 89.1 (Thompson), WNRK 90.7 (Norwalk), W239AZ 95.7 (Ashland) and W234CX 94.7 (Mansfield). The station adds WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel over HD Radio and as streaming audio at www.wksu.org, through the WKSU mobile and on smart speakers.


Latest News: May 17, 2019


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Judge Linda Teodosio to be Commencement Speaker at UA Law May 19

It's been a heady month for Akron Bar member and former president Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. First was her win to be the President-Elect of the Ohio State Bar Association. Now, she'll be addressing the UA Law graduating class at Sunday's commencement ceremony. 

“I was pleasantly surprised and very honored when I received the email and letter from the dean,” said Judge Tucci Teodosio. “I am really looking forward to it and am in the process of finalizing what I am going to say.”

Read the full press release....


Latest News: May 16, 2019

In Memoriam

James Richard Bussman
May 9, 2019

"A life of success, laughter and love"

James "Buzz" Richard Bussman, age 71, passed away May 9, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born October 26,1947, in Queens, N.Y. He spent his childhood playing outdoors and taking family trips to Jones Beach. He was a skilled baseball player and after high school was offered a position with the Triple-A League New York Yankees.

Jim instead chose to attend Bowling Green State University on a baseball scholarship, where he majored in Business Administration and was an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He went on to attend the University of Akron, earned a degree in law and graduated second in his class. Jim started work at Alside in 1972 as a corporate attorney. His integrity and loyalty was apparent to everyone he knew, and he advanced to the position of Executive VP of Administration. He spent 30 years at the company before retiring in 2001
at the age of 53.

Read the full obituary....

Richard Anderson Chenoweth
May 6, 2019


Richard Anderson Chenoweth (Dick) passed away peacefully on May 6, 2019 in Naples, Fla. with his loving children by his side. Dick was born to Lawrence and Elizabeth Chenoweth on July 9, 1925. They predeceased him as did his sisters, Virginia Friederici and Connie Christie.

Dick attended King Elementary School in Akron and was awarded a National Scholarship to Middlesex School in Concord Massachusetts from which he graduated in 1942. He then attended Harvard University on a National Scholarship and completed his undergraduate work while on active duty in the Naval Reserve Officers Training program, being commissioned as an Ensign. From there, he earned his law degree from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve). He joined the Akron law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs in 1948 and had a successful career, retiring January 1, 1996. According to a colleague, Dick "succeeded Lisle Buckingham as the backbone and premier attorney for the firm both externally and internally." He was presented with the prestigious Sir Thomas More award for extraordinary community service in the legal profession. 

Read the full obituary....


Latest News: May 13, 2019

Don Hicks; Susan Baker Ross Receive Media Attention


    

The Akron Beacon Journal featured two Akron Bar members in spotlight stories this past weekend. Read about this year's Senior Lawyer of the Year, Don Hicks, and incoming Common Pleas judge Susan Baker Ross. Offer them congratulations when next you see them!

Don Hicks Story....

Susan Baker Ross Story....


Latest News: May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 16
Noon-1 pm

CLE: Juvenile Court Committee: Grandparents’ Rights
Summit County Juvenile Court, 1st floor conference room

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?

Tuesday, May 21
Noon-2 pm

CLE: Solo & Small Practice Section: Ethics Panel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019


Tuesday, June 4
Noon

CLE: Panel Discussion: Ohio Child Support Law
Hosted by the Family Law Section

Friday, June 7
Noon
Data Breaches: How They Happen & An Update on Ohio & California Law
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation

Friday, June 14
The State of Cybersecurity for Legal Professionals
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Registration Coming Soon!

Monday, June 17

Juvenile Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Practitioners
VIDEO REPLAY
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, June 21
Annual Probate Cookout & 3-hour Seminar hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section
Featuring Chef Larry Poulos, Esq.
Registration Coming Soon!

Thursday, August 29
Ohio Notary Update
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Registration Coming Soon!

Click on the highlighted links above to register....


Latest News: May 9, 2019
 

Akron Bar Board Officer and Nominee Biographies

In accordance with Article VIII, Section 6 of the Akron Bar Association Code of Regulations, the following summaries of qualifications for nominees to the Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees is being provided to all members of the Association:

 


 

Hamilton DeSaussure, Jr. - President-Elect

Areas of Practice:
Insurance and corporate defense; employment law. Twenty-five years of experience in federal and state courts throughout Ohio. Hal also works with a variety of non-profit organizations and civic groups in establishing and developing their organizations.

Professional Associations:
Akron Bar Association: Real Property and Environmental Law Section, Foundation Gala and Scholarship Committee, Juvenile Court Committee, CLE Committee, Endorsement/Advocacy Committee, Fee Arbitration Committee, Finance Committee, Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation, Akron Bar Foundation Board of Governors, Akron Bar Foundation Fellow

Education:
Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1983
Kenyon College, B.S., 1979
 



Jeff R. Laybourne - Trustee

Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Landlord/Tenant Law, Juvenile Law, Collections, Estate Planning. Jeff has 13 years of experience in these areas, and is one of a select few attorneys certified by Ohio Supreme Court to represent indigent defendants in capital aggravated murder cases.

Professional Associations:
Akron Bar Association: Criminal Law Section, Access to Justice Committee, Akron Bar Foundation Fellow. Jeff is immediate past chair of Criminal Law section and was chosen as Outstanding Section Chair 2015-2016.

Education:

English degree from Marquette University
University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2005
 



Christopher Niekamp - Treasurer

Areas of Practice:
Commercial and Corporate Law including Bankruptcy and Collection, commercial and residential foreclosures, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions.

Professional Associations:
Akron Bar Association: Bankruptcy and Commercial Law section, Business and Corporate Law section. LRIS Panelist. Akron Bar Foundation Fellow

IR Global International Professional Network

Education:
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J. D., 1990
University of Western Ontario School of Law, Exchange Program
Miami University, B.S., 1987
 

Farhad Sethna - Secretary

Areas of Practice:
Immigration Law, Business Law

Professional Associations:

Akron Bar Association: Constitution Day Celebration Event Planning Committee, Investigative Subcommittee. Akron Bar Foundation Fellow
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Ohio Bar Association

Education:

University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1991
University of Akron College of Business Administration, MBA in International Business and Marketing
 

Jennifer van Dulmen - Trustee

Areas of Practice: Domestic Relations and Divorce. As Deputy Director of Community Legal Aid, Jennifer oversees all client services and works to create innovative delivery models that are responsive to client and community needs. She has also served as managing attorney for both the VLSP and the Family Law Team.

Professional Associations:

Akron Bar Association: Past chair of the Pro Bono Committee, Access to Justice Committee, Law Week Committee
American Bar Association: Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
National Association of Pro Bono Professionals: Past President
Portage County Bar Association: Past President
Trumbull County Bar Association: Past chair of Pro Bono Committee

Education:
Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2004
 

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Richard Williger - Trustee

Areas of Practice: OSBA-certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation. Rik has been practicing workers’ compensation, employment, and employment-related matters since 1982 and is well-versed in the National Labor Relations Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Affirmative Action programs.

Professional Associations:

Akron Bar Association: Disability Law Section, Labor and Employment Law Section, Law Week Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Rik has coordinated the Akron Bar’s annual Las Vegas Workers’ Compensation Seminar for 25 years. LRIS panelist. Akron Bar Foundation Fellow.
American Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Society of Human Resource Management

Education:

Kent State University, B.A., Sociology

The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1982


Latest News: May 7, 2019

Jeffrey Heintz Receives Sir Thomas More Award

Jeffrey Heintz receives Sir Thomas More Award at Red Mass During Akron Bar Association’s Law Week Celebration
from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland website

Members of the Akron Bar Association and supporters, including judges, attorneys, law clerks and paralegals, gathered for the annual Red Mass at noon on May 3 at St. Bernard’s Church in Akron.

Bishop Nelson Perez was the celebrant with Father Paul Rosing, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Cuyahoga Falls, Father Chris Zerucha, St. Bernard’s pastor, and Father Frank Basa, St. Bernard’s senior parochial vicar, as concelebrants.

Read more....


Member News

Roetzel’s Bob Pritt Working to Help Amish Community Receive Much-Needed Benefits

Roetzel & Andress Shareholder Bob Pritt has a long-standing relationship with Ohio’s Amish and Mennonite communities going back to the 1970s. In 2008, Bob handled a pro bono case revolving around the “Amish Waiver” and a similar case recently wound up on Bob’s desk.

The Amish Waiver came into existence in the 1960s because the Amish and Mennonites were religiously opposed to insurance, preferring to provide for their own as they believe the Bible instructs them to do. They did not want to contribute to, or receive benefits from, what was formerly called the Old Age Survivors Insurance Programs (OASI) and is now called Social Security. Also, many were self-employed as farmers or craftsman and thus were glad to be relieved of paying into a system they never intended to receive benefits from. Of the approximately 63,000 Amish in Ohio, it is believed that 5,000-10,000 men signed these waivers (current IRS Form 4029).

Read more....

Tony Vacanti Joins Tucker Ellis as Business Litigation Counsel

Tucker Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Tony Vacanti has joined the firm as business litigation counsel.

Vacanti counsels property owners, tenants, developers, and investors through complicated land use, zoning, eminent domain, real property tax, and real estate transactional matters. He secures development approval and rights in administrative and court proceedings, including approvals before boards of zoning appeals, planning commissions, city councils, boards of township trustees, county and state commissions, and the court system. He also defends property owners and other interested parties when faced with the governmental exercise of eminent domain to ensure the governmental actions are proper and that interested parties receive just compensation.

“Tony’s deep experience working with clients and protecting their interests in real estate litigation is a great addition to our practice,” said Tucker Ellis Business Litigation Group Chair Tom Simmons. “We’re glad to have him on board.”

Vacanti received his law degree magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from American University.


Latest News: April 30, 2019

Tuesday, May 7
Noon-1 pm

CLE: Navigating Matrix & Evidence.com for the Defense Attorney
Ceremonial Court Room, 2nd floor Domestic Relations Court, 205 S. High St.
Hosted by the Criminal Law Section

Tuesday, May 7
Noon-1 pm
CLE: Human Trafficking: The Fast Track from Vulnerable to Victim
Hosted by the Family Law Section

Wednesday, May 8
11:30 am-1 pm

Federal Courts Luncheon
Rosemont Country Club

Friday, May 10
11:30 am-3 pm

CLE: Lawyers Assistance Committee’s Annual Wellness Seminar
Includes Luncheon Sponsored by the Akron Bar Foundation

Thursday, May 16
Noon-1 pm

CLE: Juvenile Court Committee: Grandparents’ Rights
Summit County Juvenile Court, 1st floor conference room

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Though Can It Be?

Tuesday, May 21
Noon-2 pm

CLE: Solo & Small Practice Section: Ethics Panel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019


Tuesday, June 4
CLE: Family Law Section: Panel Discussion: Ohio Child Support Law
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, June 7
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Data Breaches: How They Happen & An Update on Ohio & California Law
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, June 14
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
The State of Cybersecurity for Legal Professionals
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, June 21
Annual Probate Cookout & 3-hour Seminar hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section
Featuring Chef Larry Poulos, Esq.
Registration Coming Soon!

Thursday, August 29
FREE CLE Sponsored by the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation
Ohio Notary Update
Registration Coming Soon!

Click on the highlighted links above to register....


From the Ohio Supreme Court

Ohio Board of Professional Conduct Issues Two Advisory Opinions

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today (April 26, 2019) issued advisory opinions on attorney transfer of shares in a law firm to a trust and representation of governmental clients and criminal defendants in unrelated matters by the same law firm.


Practice Builders

Four Time-Saving Hacks for a More Efficient Workday

Time is money, as anyone whose work output is measured in billable hours knows full well. So every interminable meeting, visits from the purveyor of office gossip, and email from Nigerian princes is stealing your time AND your money. The folks at attorneyatwork.com have four concise suggestions for working efficiently and saving value time. Take a look....


Latest News: April 16, 2019

New Ohio Law Allows Remote Online Notarization

There are a lot of bells, whistles, and nuances involved in the new Ohio law that overhauls the way in which people become notaries public. Part of that new law includes the ability to notarize remotely. Attorneys at Thompson Hine have provided a thorough summary of the new law that seeks to clear up any confusion or concern about the coming changes. 

Read more....


Latest News: April 11, 2019


From the Courts

Akron Municipal Court Announces New Magistrates

The Akron Municipal Court has promoted Magistrate Tamara Todd to Traffic Court Magistrate. The role of Traffic Court is to hear traffic arraignments, minor misdemeanor traffic trials and driver's license appeal hearings. Magistrate Todd replaces Judge-Elect Susan Baker Ross who begins her term with Summit County Court of Common Pleas next month. Magistrate Todd’s new role became effective Monday, April 1, 2019.

In addition to Magistrate Todd’s promotion, the Court has recently filled two vacancies with the following new hires: Magistrate Tania Nemer and Magistrate Angela Hardway. Magistrate Nemer joined the Akron Municipal Court effective February 4, 2019 and Magistrate Hardway joined the Akron Municipal Court effective April 1, 2019.

Magistrates are non-elected judicial officers. They are appointed by the Judges of the Court. Magistrates conduct proceedings as a Judge would, but certain decisions of the Magistrate are not final or effective until they are reviewed and adopted by a Judge.

Tamara Todd

Magistrate Todd is a 2002 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2003. While in law school, Magistrate Todd worked as a Certified Legal Intern in the Juvenile Division of the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office. Magistrate Todd began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office in the Child Support Division and conducted administrative child support hearings from 2005-2007. Later, she became an Assistant Akron City Prosecutor serving from 2007-2013. Magistrate Todd served as a Hearing Officer for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) from 2013-2014 and then in 2015, returned to Akron Municipal Court as Judge Annalisa S. Williams’ personal Magistrate and judicial associate at Akron Municipal Court. In 2017, Magistrate Todd was appointed to a Court Magistrate position, serving all six judges and presiding over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters.

In her new role as Traffic Court Magistrate, Magistrate Todd presides over the court's daily traffic arraignments and trials, handles parking and driving privilege hearings and manages files after sentencing. She now spearheads the Court's License Intervention Program which assists drivers in obtaining a valid driver's license.

Magistrate Todd is a member of the Akron-Canton Barristers, Ohio Association of Magistrates, Ohio State Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition and the Council of Negro Women.

 Magistrate Todd resides in Akron with her husband and three children.

Tania Nemer

Magistrate Tania Nemer presides over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters. She graduated with distinction from Western Michigan University Law School in 2007. For approximately seven years, Magistrate Nemer served as “Of Counsel” for McGinty, Hilow & Spellacy Co. LPA where she managed a private practice focusing in criminal defense, immigration, small claims, evictions and civil matters. She transitioned to nonprofit as an Immigration Senior Attorney at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland where she worked for over four years representing individuals and families in Federal Court.

Magistrate Nemer has previously served as vice-president of the West Shore Bar Association (WSBA).

She is a longstanding member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Immigration Customs Enforcement liaison for the Northern District of Ohio. She has also volunteered on multiple occasions at the Family Detention Center along the southern border in Dilley, Texas. Magistrate Nemer published a professional article, “Criminal and Immigration Laws: The Lines and The Lives They Cross” in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.

She currently lives in Hudson with her husband and their three children.

Angela Hardway

Magistrate Angela Hardway replaces Magistrate Todd serving all six judges and presiding over small claims, civil, traffic and criminal matters. Magistrate Hardway also supervises the Small Claims Court Mediation Program.

Magistrate Hardway graduated from The University of Akron School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2004. She is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Justice.

Since 2004, Magistrate Hardway was in private practice with Bevan and Associates LPA, Inc. specializing in the areas of workers’ compensation, probate and estate planning, civil litigation and domestic relations.

Magistrate Hardway lives in West Akron with her husband and three children.

Information about all Akron Municipal Court Magistrates can be found at: https://www.akronmunicipalcourt.org/court-info/magistrates/.


You Are Cordially Invited!

Investiture of Susan Baker Ross as Judge in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
4:30 pm
Ocasek Building Atrium
161 S. High Street


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The Strength of the Start: How to Craft Killer Beginnings in Your Legal Writing

"It was a dark and stormy night" might work as an opening sentence for a submission to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, but it's a pretty weak launch for an important brief. Using a handful of his favorite openings, law professor Joe Regalia demonstrates the art of killer beginnings.

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Latest News: April 5, 2019

From the Courts

Akron Municipal Court RISE Program Announces Advisory Board

Akron Municipal Court’s RISE (Restore Individual Self-Empowerment) Program, led by Judge Ron Cable, recently announced its Advisory Board.

RISE is for adult female victims of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation. It is the first program of its kind in Summit County.

Individuals/organizations represented on the Advisory Board are:

Honorable Judge Ron Cable
ACCESS Shelter and Housing
Akron General Path Center
Akron Police Department
Akron City Prosecutor’s Office
Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Caring for Kids
Community Health Center
Freedom House for Women Inc.
Legal Defender Office of Summit County
Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic
Oriana House
RAHAB Ministries
Rape Crisis Center of Summit & Medina Counties
Summa Hospital
Summit County Juvenile Court
Summit County Prosecutor’s Office
Victim Assistance Program

Ohio law provides for expungement of certain offenses committed by human trafficking victims.

“Having an active Advisory Board is often the key to success for special court programming,” said Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable. “Each team member is passionate about aiding human trafficking victims as they overcome their circumstances and I am extremely proud of the RISE Program’s accomplishments.”

Through the Akron Municipal Court’s partnerships with outside agencies, RISE provides services such as trauma therapy, drug rehabilitation, mentoring, housing and vocational services. RISE officially kicked off in October of 2018 and eight women are currently enrolled.

The group meets bi-weekly and is modeled after Franklin County Municipal Court’s CATCH (Changing Actions To Change Habits) Court program.

Learn more about the RISE Program at: https://www.akronmunicipalcourt.org/programs/rise/.

 

Ninth District Judge Hears Oral Arguments

Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Thomas A. Teodosio served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court today and heard oral arguments in a case involving whether a conviction on assault charge can be appealed while a rape charge is pending.

Judge Teodosio replaced Justice Patrick F. Fischer, who recused himself from State of Ohio v. Steven Allen Craig, Case no. 2018-0146.

According to the Ohio Constitution, in the event of a recusal by a justice, the chief justice or acting chief justice can select any of the 69 sitting Ohio appellate court judges to sit temporarily on the Supreme Court.

This is the first time Judge Teodosio has sat during oral arguments.

“It’s such an honor serving with the other justices,” Judge Teodosio said. “In your career, there are certain pinnacles and this is definitely the pinnacle of my judicial legal career.”

Judge Teodosio has sat on the Ninth District since 2017. He was also a Summit County Common Pleas judge from 2006 to 2017. He also served as a member of the Summit County Council. He received his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Akron.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals serves four counties in northern Ohio and the Fourth District Court of Appeals serves 14 counties in southern Ohio. Both districts hear cases from county, municipal and common pleas courts as well as original actions in habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, procedendo and quo warranto.

Retrieved from www.courtnewsohio.gov. March 28, 2019

SCORR Program to Kick Off April 1



Summit County Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Amy Corrigall Jones is pleased to announce the SCORR (Summit County Offender Recidivism Reduction) Program kicks off on Monday, April 1, 2019.

The SCORR Program will provide supervision to high risk offenders using swift, certain, and fair (SCF) supervision principles. The SCF model allows for more intense supervision of high-risk offenders through increased court appearances, meetings with their case specialist, and drug testing.  The SCF model was developed to reduce recidivism, drug use, and increase compliance with the terms of probation resulting in successful completion of community control.

“There have been many positive changes in our Adult Probation Department over the past year. SCORR, using swift, certain, and fair principles of supervision, has the potential to improve delivery of evidence-based practices and further our mission of providing excellence in community corrections, public safety and public service,” Judge Corrigall Jones stated.

SCORR is being funded by a $599,978 grant from the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. The Innovative Responses to Behavior in the Community: Swift, Fair and Certain Supervision Competitive Grant will provide funding over three years to pilot and implement the SCF Model in Summit County.  Summit County was one of three courts to receive this grant funding, along with Macon, Georgia and Yolo, California.

Assistant Court Executive Officer Susan Sweeney identified and applied for the grant as a result of her involvement in the Summit County Adult Probation Department Assessment performed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).  “Recognizing the need to improve outcomes in our probation department and understanding that resources are limited, I began researching strategies to supervise probationers more effectively.  SCF principles support personal accountability by using positive and negative responses to behavior that have been shown to change the mindset of offenders,” stated Sweeney.

The pilot project will serve 30 high-risk offenders annually. High-risk offenders will be determined through the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS) performed on all offenders. Those who agree to participate will be given a full overview of the program. Those who refuse will be placed in a “probation as usual” group. The success of the two groups will then be compared and analyzed.

The court will partner with the NCSC to provide guidance on designing the program’s policies, procedures, sanction and reward grid, data collection and analysis. The mission of the NCSC is to provide their expertise to improve courts administration and functions of the court.

The court also partnered with NCSC in 2017 to complete an assessment of the Adult Probation Department and an implementation plan to streamline operations and improve probation services. The plan is currently being implemented.

Laura Klaversma, NCSC Court Services Director stated “the NCSC is looking forward to continuing the work in Summit County through evaluation of the new effort of the SCF Supervision Model.  The courts focus on improving system outcomes is commendable.”

“We are grateful for the success of our past collaboration with the National Center for State Courts, seen in the positive changes currently occurring in our Adult Probation Department.   We look forward to collaborating with NCSC on the SCORR project and building on the improvements we’ve already made,” Judge Corrigall Jones concluded.
 

Supreme Court of Ohio Awards Civil Justice Program Grant to Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division

Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division, is pleased to announce the Court has been awarded a Civil Justice Program Grant by the Supreme Court of Ohio.  

The Civil Justice Program seeks to provide direct civil legal assistance for Ohioans' housing, healthcare, civil legal assistance, and economic security issues, among other high need areas.  

Under the grant, the Court will partner with Community Legal Aid Services (CLAS), a non-profit organization that specializes in poverty law, to provide staffing for Foreclosure Mediation Education for homeowners that are facing a foreclosure lawsuit and using mediation to resolve the lawsuit.

 “Homeowners facing foreclosure don’t have the resources to maintain their home, let alone retain legal counsel.  Self-help resources and community education for homeowners can be a significant benefit to them,” stated Judge Corrigall Jones.

In a study conducted by the Urban Institute of a loan counseling program, it was determined that homeowners were 1.7 times more likely to avoid foreclosure than those who did not participate in a similar educational program.

CLAS Executive Director Steven McGarrity stated, “The Foreclosure Mediation Education Program will provide homeowners with key legal information pertaining to their foreclosure case and promote economic stability of low-income, minority populations and the overall community.”

The free classes will be facilitated by CLAS staff on a bi-weekly basis, providing assistance that includes an overview of the foreclosure and loan modification process as well as the documents and information homeowners must gather to be well-prepared for mediation hearings.   The courses will be open to the public and mandatory for homeowners whose cases are referred to mediation.

The Court anticipates the program will provide a key service to homeowners facing foreclosure and cost savings to the Court through efficiency in case flow resolution.

“Not only will this assist homeowner’s facing foreclosure, but from an administrative standpoint, we expect increased efficiency in these mediation proceedings and a reduction in the number of status conferences resulting in cost savings to the court,” concluded Corrigall Jones.
 

Akron Municipal Court's Valor Court Earns Certification

Valor Court, a specialized docket of the Akron Municipal Court, recently earned a renewed certification from the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. It is now certified through December 31, 2021. Judge Jerry Larson has presided over Valor Court since its inception in 2013.

In order to receive the certification, the Akron Municipal Court had to submit an application, undergo a site visit and provide specific program materials in response to certification standards that went in to effect in January 2014.
Specialized dockets 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.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor congratulated the Akron Municipal Court and Judge Larson for receiving the certification.

“Specialized dockets divert offenders toward criminal justice initiatives that employ tools and tailored services to treat and rehabilitate the offender so they can become productive members of society,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “Studies have shown this approach works by reducing recidivism while saving tax dollars.”

This is the third certification earned by the Akron Municipal Court’s Valor Court. The previous two certifications were earned in 2014 and 2015.

“Valor Court has made a large impact on our local veteran population and I am proud of our team’s success,” said Akron Municipal Court Judge Jerry Larson. “It is incredibly rewarding to lead Valor Court and earn this new certification.”

The Valor Court team is comprised of The Honorable Judge Jerry Larson, Valor Court Coordinator Jonathan Groza, Akron Municipal Court Chief of Probation Tony Ingram, Akron Municipal Court Deputy Chief of Probation Jeff Sturmi, Akron Municipal Court Probation Officer Matt Esterle and representatives from the City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office, the Summit County Legal Defender’s Office, the Akron Police Department, Veterans Service Commission of Summit County, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Community Legal Aid and Valor Court Peer Mentors who are community volunteers with prior military experience.

In addition to Valor Court, the Akron Municipal Court has four additional specialized dockets: Mental Health Court led by Judge Annalisa S. Williams, Recovery Court led by Judge Jon Oldham, Family Intervention Court led by Judge Ron Cable and OVI Court led by Judge Nicole Walker.

About Valor Court Valor
Court is a specialized docket dedicated to defendants with military service involved in the criminal justice system. The court emphasizes alternative methods with a non-adversarial approach to addressing the offense. Valor Court is a two-track model with diversion for non-violent offenses (Intervention In Lieu of Conviction) and non-diversion (Post-Conviction or Probation Track) programs. The program is a one-year intensive program that includes frequent appearances before the Valor Court Judge, intensive supervision, linkage with the Veteran's Administration system, resource assistance through the Veteran's Service Commission, mental health and substance abuse counseling, frequent and random drug testing and graduated sanctions and rewards. Participation is voluntary.
Judge Larson established the Akron Municipal Valor Court in conjunction with Summit County Court of Common Pleas Veteran Court with an opening ceremony in 2013; the first of its kind in the state of Ohio.

Valor Court sessions are held in the courtroom of Judge Jerry Larson, Room 943, on predetermined Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Treatment team meetings and peer-mentor interactions occur before the court session.

About the Commission on Specialized Dockets
The Commission on Specialized Dockets has 22 members who advise the Supreme Court and its staff regarding the promotion of statewide rules and uniform standards concerning specialized dockets in Ohio courts; the development and delivery of specialized docket services to Ohio courts; and the creation of training programs for judges and court personnel. The commission makes all decisions regarding final certification.
 

Summit County Turning Point Program Awarded Akron Community Foundation
On the Table Greater Akron Impact Award

Judge Joy Malek Oldfield and Judge Christine Croce, Presiding Judges of the Turning Point Program, Summit County’s felony drug court, announced today the Turning Point Program has received an Akron Community Foundation On the Table Greater Akron Impact Award.

The Akron Community Foundation awarded the $2,000 grant to support community education about the disease of addiction.  Through this funding, the Summit County Common Pleas Court will work in conjunction with the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, and Dr. Nicole Labor, to provide an updated educational video that outlines the issues of addiction as a disease, how addiction affects the brain and body, and the stigmas behind these issues. 

The project will focus on providing the proper educational support to aid the community in understanding the centralized problem of addiction and the appropriate course of action concerning treatment and community engagement. 

“I’m grateful to the Akron Community Foundation for seeing the value of this project.  Updating this video will help us to provide the public with a better understanding of addiction as a disease, and its physical effects on the individual.  Our hope is that educating the public will aid in prevention efforts,” stated Judge Oldfield.

Once completed, the video will be available to the Summit County community to view. Those interested in obtaining a copy of the video should contact Leila Trevillian, Turning Point Probation Officer, at 330.643.2306.


CLES

Friday, April 12
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Update: A Year of Question Marks & Correction
Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law Section: 


Friday, April 19
Noon

Probate for The Personal Injury
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section 


Wednesday, May 8
11:30 am-1 pm

Federal Courts Luncheon
Rosemont Country Club


Friday, May 10
11:30 am-3 pm

Lawyers Assistance Committee’s Annual Wellness Seminar
Includes Luncheon Sponsored by the Akron Bar Foundation
Registration Coming Soon!


Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?
12 hours CLE Credit Hours
 

Tuesday, May 21
Noon-2 pm

CLE: Solo & Small Practice Section: Ethics Panel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

OTHER AKRON BAR EVENTS

Wednesday, May 1
Noon

Law Day Luncheon

Greystone Hall

Friday, May 3
Noon

Red Mass & Presentation of the Sir Thomas More Award to Atty. Jeffrey Heintz
St. Bernard's Church

Wednesday, May 15
5 - 6 pm | Cash Bar
6 - 7 pm | Dinner​
7 - 7:30 pm | Presentation of Award
Senior Lawyers Committee Spring Dinner Honoring Donald R. Hicks, Senior Lawyer of the Year
The Tangier

Thursday, June 27
Cocktails | 5 pm
Leadership Class Graduation | 5 pm
Fellows Champagne Toast | 5:30 pm

Akron Bar Association Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers & Trustees
Akron Fairlawn Hilton
Registration coming soon....

Click on the highlighted event titles to register!


Practice Builders

Freelance attorneys benefit from growing demand

Could this be the answer to life/work balance? Sure, you'd have to manage your home office and maybe be your own support staff, but think of the benefits including choosing your assignments. This article from the ABA Journal April issue explores how freelancing could be just the right fit for attorneys, while also improving efficiency at the firms that hire them. Read more....


Latest News: March 28, 2019

Immediate Job Opening

Judge Alison McCarty is seeking a judicial attorney. Click here to view posting in our Career Center
 


Save the Date!

This year's Law Day Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at noon at Greystone Hall. We'll be honoring our new 50- and 60-year members, as well as presenting a variety of awards. Registration information is coming soon, but please mark your calendar today!


Practice Builders

Why the “Velvet Hammer” is a Better Way to Give Constructive Criticism
 
You've probably had a number of occasions when it was necessary to have "The Talk" with an employee or colleague. It can be difficult to deliver constructive criticism, so you "sandwich" the bad news between a couple of slices of compliments. Fast Company writer Stephanie Vozza suggests another approach - the velvet hammer.
 

Latest News: March 25, 2019

Thursday, March 28
Co-parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation & Angst at the University of Akron School of Law


Thursday, March 29
White Williams Bankruptcy Institute 
6 CLE Credit Hours


Tuesday, April 2
Family Law Section: The Evolving Role of Mental Health Professionals in Family Law


Wednesday, April 3
Noon

Managing Transaction Risk with Environmental Due Diligence
Hosted by the Real Property & Environmental Law Section


Friday, April 5
9 am-12:15 pm

Crime Victim’s Rights in Ohio Post-Marsy’s Law


Friday, April 12
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Update: A Year of Question Marks & Correction
Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law Section: 


Friday, April 19
Noon

Probate for The Personal Injury
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section 


Wednesday, May 8
11:30 am-1 pm

Federal Courts Luncheon
Rosemont Country Club
Registration Coming Soon!


Friday, May 10
11:30 am-3 pm

Lawyers Assistance Committee’s Annual Wellness Seminar
Includes Luncheon Sponsored by the Akron Bar Foundation
Registration Coming Soon!

 

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?
12 hours CLE Credit Hours
 

Tuesday, May 21
Noon-2 pm

CLE: Solo & Small Practice Section: Ethics Panel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

Click on the highlighted event titles to register!


Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Term

The Charles F. Scanlon and Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court is accepting applications for membership for the 2019-2020 term, which begins in September 2019. The Inn, which was founded over 30 years ago by leading members of the Bar, including Federal District Judge Sam Bell, in collaboration with the Akron Bar Association and the University of Akron School of Law, provides members of the judiciary and bar an opportunity to learn from one another, both through CLE presentations and by sharing dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. 

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From the Courts

Judge Stormer Leads "Your Family Matters Probate and Estate Discussion" at Main Library

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and Magistrate Crystal Burnett will speak at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm during the library’s Money Smart Week. They will clarify if you really need to “avoid probate?” The answer may not be what you expect. Other topics will include the many services provided by the court to all Summit County residents.

“It is very important that you make “all” your wishes known both in writing and in conversations,” said Judge Stormer. “The Probate Court helps your loved ones facilitate your wishes utilizing important documents obtained from the Court as well as Wills, Advanced Directives, and Powers of Attorney.” 

Read more....

 

Akron Municipal Court Launches New Website

The Akron Municipal Court has launched a new website along with a new web address: https://www.AkronMunicipalCourt.org.

In addition to an improved visual impact, website enhancements include user-friendly navigation and the ability to instantly translate the website in more than 100 languages. New content has been added to showcase the Court’s news, social media posts, specialized dockets and programming opportunities.

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Judge Alison Breaux’s HOPE Mental Health Court Awarded the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant

As all rise for Judge Alison Breaux for the HOPE Mental Health Court, there's little resemblance to a hospital unit or outpatient clinic with white-coated doctors. The judge in her black robe takes the bench, seated directly in front of the state and U.S. flags. The docket lists defendants and case numbers, not patients and diagnoses.

As the session moves forward, exchanges among court personnel and treatment team members sound a lot like discussions between health care providers and patients. Are participants complying with treatment plans? Are they compliant with their medications? If not in compliance, why? Despite the similarities to an exchange between physician and patient, this is a court of law.

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In Memoriam

Ronald P. Yaist
March 15, 2019


Born in Youngstown, Ron was a graduate of Youngstown  South High  School, Youngstown  State University, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from The University of Akron. A resident of Stow since 1967, he served on Stow City Council for 20 years, the longest tenured councilman in the history of the city, during which time he assisted in reviewing the City of Stow Charter, and was proud of his involvement in the implementation of the Stow EMS service for the residents of the city. 

Click here for the full obituary....


From the School of Law

The Student Bar Association (SBA) at The University of Akron School of Law is sponsoring its annual Public Interest Law Fellowship Fundraiser, which is aimed at raising funds to provide stipends for law students who work in non-profit or public interest settings during the summer. 

This year’s Trivia Night and Fun-Raiser will be held on Friday, April 26 from 7 - 10 pm at the Hilton Hotel in Fairlawn (3180 West Market Street Akron, OH). We are extending invitations to members of the local legal community and supporters of Akron Law. 

You are invited to purchase tickets and compete for the title of Akron Law’s 2019 Trivia Champion! Additionally, there are various sponsorship and donation opportunities available. Please visit https://www.uakron.edu/giving/law/PILF to register for this year’s Trivia Night. 

The Public Interest Fellowship Program supports and encourages students looking to gain legal experience in public interest law. Students who have secured a placement with a public interest organization, such as a court, a state or federal agency, or a qualifying non-profit entity, are eligible to apply for a fellowship to support their legal work. 

If you have business cards, brochures or other promotional materials you’d like to include with your sponsorship, we will be happy to display them at the event. If you have questions about the event, feel free to contact Ashlee James, President of the Student Bar Association, at asm116@zips.uakron.edu

Last year we raised over $9,000 from this event. With your help, this year’s event will be an even bigger success. Thank you for your continued commitment to Akron Law. We could not do this without you. 


Latest News: March 15, 2019

Save the Date!

 

 


Please Take a Minute to Take a Survey

We recently saw an article about how lawyers are leaving their bar associations and creating their own alternative communities. While we certainly hope you will continue to engage with your colleagues at the Akron Bar, we thought we'd explore your interest in Slack, one of the tools some attorneys are using to create new communities for collaboration and general collegial support. 

Please take a minute to complete this survey hosted by Survey Monkey. (They timed it, and it really does take just a minute!) Your responses will give us an idea about whether Slack is a "must have" outlet. Thanks for your time!

Click for the survey....


 

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation is a partner to Ohio’s legal aids in helping to ensure the health, pride, and future of everyday Ohioans and in fulfilling our nation’s promise of justice for all. Our 2018 annual report tells the story of exceptional civil legal aid work that is improving access to justice for Ohioans.

In 2018, Ohio’s legal aids helped:
•    4,402 veterans
•    15,877 seniors
•    8,904 survivors of domestic violence

In total, 118,657 Ohioans achieved justice because of legal aid.

Read the 2018 annual report and discover how Ohio’s legal aids, through the support of the Foundation, are ensuring justice for all.

 

More from OLAF

This week, all Ohio attorneys received an email from the Supreme Court of Ohio with a link to complete the pro bono reporting survey, a joint project of the Supreme Court and the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. The survey asks attorneys about their pro bono service provided to Ohioans of limited means, as well as any financial contributions to charitable legal organizations in 2018. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete and participation is voluntary. Attorneys may also complete the survey through this http://www.sc.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/survey/.

The survey is valuable in that it identifies areas of legal need and helps to determine how resources can be better allocated to help Ohioans in need of legal assistance. The survey is open through April 5, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Sophia Chang at 614.715.8568 or justiceinaction@olaf.org.


Friday, March 22
Noon

What Probate Attorneys Need To Know About Adoptions (Even if You Never Do One)
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Friday, March 22
1 - 4:15 pm

Immigration Basics & Asylum Law Update

Thursday, March 28
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Co-parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation & Angst
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, March 29
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

White Williams Bankruptcy Institute@Hartville Kitchen
6 CLE Credit Hours

Coming Up in April & May 2019

Tuesday, April 3
Noon

Managing Transaction Risk with Environmental Due Diligence
Hosted by the Real Property & Environmental Law Section

Friday, April 5
9 am - 12:15 pm

Crime Victim’s Rights in Ohio Post-Marsy’s Law
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, April 12
Noon

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission Update: A Year of Question Marks & Corrections
Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law Section

Friday, April 19
Noon
Probate for The Personal Injury
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, May 10
Noon - 3 pm

Lawyers Assistance Committee’s Annual Wellness Seminar
(Includes luncheon sponsored by the Akron Bar Foundation)
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?
12 CLE Credit Hours

Tuesday, May 21
Noon-2 pm

CLE: Solo & Small Practice Section: Ethics Panel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

Click on the highlighted event titles to register!


Personal Health and Wellness

Never Take a Bad Work Day Home Again, Using These 3 Steps

A number of years ago, we had the opportunity to interview retired Judge Carla Moore. During the course of the interview, she was asked how she decompresses after a difficult day in court. Her reply could have been the basis for this article from Ideas.TED.com: create a mental "third place" in which to make the transition from work life to home life. This can be done while commuting or making a quick stop at the gym. How do you mentally leave your work at work at the end of the day? 

Read the article here....


Latest News: March 6, 2019

From the Ohio Supreme Court

Rules of Practice Amendments Adopted by Supreme Court Take Effect

The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted amendments to its Rules of Practice that define an official record as the electronic version.

“The electronic version of documents, whether filed through the e-filing portal in the first instance or received by the Clerk’s Office in paper format and subsequently scanned into electronic format, constitutes the official record in the case,” the amendment states.

The change is described in Rule 3.02(A)(1)(c) and took effect March 1, 2019..

The Court also adopted four new rules addressing the procedures for filing an affidavit seeking to disqualify a judge. These changes are shown in Rule 21.01 to 21.04.

The Court chose not to adopt a proposed amendment that would have shortened the length of stipulated extensions for filing certain documents. Parties may continue to stipulate to a 20-day extension for certain documents.
 


From the Akron Municipal Court

Public Notice Amendments to the Local Rules for the Akron Municipal Court

The Judges of the Akron Municipal Court have adopted amendments for the Local Rules of Court 1 through 43.
Click here for a copy of the rules.... 


Member News



Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands to Speak at the Commission
on the Status of Women at the United Nations

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands has been selected as a presenter at the upcoming 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) being held the week of March 11, 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.  CSW’s 2019 theme is Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. 

The topic Courts and Public Services: Global perspectives from women judges will be highlighted and Judge Rowlands will address the criminal justice system serving as a means to access services not otherwise readily available to individuals in need.  “I believe my experience is beneficial to participating in and advancing the dialogue this year,” stated Rowlands.

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Practice Builders

Have you found yourself rushing to complete a brief that you were sure would come together in just an hour or two? Why is it that you always under-estimate how long tasks like this will take? 

Fast Company writer Jessica Green-Zapier suggests that it's all about something psychologist call "planning fallacy," the very-human tendency to under-estimate how long it takes to do things because we ignore historical data.

Read more....
 


Latest News: March 1, 2019

Notice to Attorneys: Domestic Relations Court to Destroy Exhibits Next Month

All exhibits submitted to the Summit County Domestic Relations Court INCLUDING FINANCIAL AFFIDAVITS on cases closed on or before December 31, 2016 will be destroyed on or after April 29, 2019. Parties who wish to retrieve any evidence submitted by them to the court shall do so by contacting the Domestic Relations Court Administrator (330-643-2082) or email: kteleis@drcourt.org no later than April 25, 2019. Evidence may be retrieved during normal business hours of the court at 205 S. High Street, 2nd Floor, Akron, OH 44308. Any evidence not claimed by the party who submitted it will be destroyed on or about April 29, 2019 if not claimed before that date.


Rolling Out eCommunities & Listservs: When There's No Time for Face Time

The Akron Bar's recent move to a new Membership Management system has made possible two new ways for members to connect when there is literally no time for a face-to-face conversation. 

What’s an eCommunity?

Nearly every Akron Bar committee & section has an online eCommunity where meeting calendars, meeting minutes, photos, videos, files, and announcements can be shared. If you are a member of a committee or section, you are automatically a part of the eCommunity. To view your eCommunities, log on to your “MyAkronBar” page. 

What’s a listserv?

A listserv is an electronic mailing list that shares messages among subscribers. The Akron Bar maintains five listservs that allow subscribers to exchange information & discuss issues via email. The five listservs currently available are: Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law, Family Law, New Lawyers, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners, and Women in Law. To get signed up for a listserv, log on to your "MyAkronBar" page.

Believing that a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video several thousand, we've created video tutorials for eCommunities and listservs that walk you through the sign-up process step by step. Ready to get started? Click here....


FEBRUARY 2019

Latest News: February 28, 2019

Judge tosses suit against Summit prosecutor’s office, former assistant over hallway bump claim

A lawsuit filed by a Summit County courthouse employee against the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and a former assistant prosecutor who claimed the employee pushed him has been dismissed.

Courthouse employee Holly Trivett Fisher sued Kassim Ahmed, an assistant prosecutor who resigned following the incident, and the prosecutor’s office last July. She claimed defamation, slander, libel and emotional distress. She said she feared the loss of her job and was subjected to public ridicule. Read more....


Help Yourself & Help the Community

A subgroup of the Akron Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service is the Modest Means program. Attorneys who participate in Modest Means serve individuals who cannot afford full-price legal services and for whom Community Legal Aid does not have the appropriate resources.

Modest Means is an opportunity to gain valuable experience, expand your client base, establish yourself in the legal community, and maintain a case load at non-peak times. All the while, you will be helping those in the community who otherwise have nowhere to turn for assistance.

For more information, click on "Member Center" in the green toolbar above, and then "Lawyer Referral and Information Service." You may also contact the LRIS service at LRIS@akronbar.org 330.436.0117.


Tuesday, March 5
Noon

Drug & Alcohol Testing Update
Hosted by the Family Law Section

Friday, March 15
8:30 - 11:45 am

Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Practitioners
3 CLE Credit Hours
Hosted by the Juvenile Court Committee

Friday, March 22
Noon

What Probate Attorneys Need To Know About Adoptions (Even if You Never Do One)
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Friday, March 22
1 - 4:15 pm

Immigration Basics & Asylum Law Update

Thursday, March 28
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Co-parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation & Angst
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, March 29
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

White Williams Bankruptcy Institute@Hartville Kitchen
6 CLE Credit Hours

Coming Up in April & May 2019

Tuesday, April 3
Noon

Environmental Assessments
Hosted by the 
Real Property & Environmental Law Section
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, April 5
9 am - 12:15 pm

Crime Victim’s Rights in Ohio Post-Marsy’s Law
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, April 19
Noon

Probate for The Personal Injury
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, May 10
Noon - 3 pm

Lawyers Assistance Committee’s Annual Wellness Seminar
(Includes luncheon sponsored by the Akron Bar Foundation)
Registration Coming Soon!

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?
12 CLE Credit Hours

Tuesday, May 21
Noon-2 pm

CLE: Solo & Small Practice Section: Ethics Panel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

Click on the highlighted event titles to register!


Personal Health and Wellness

Retired attorney Jeffrey Bunn is an advocate for mindfulness and meditation programs in law firms, but questions whether mere lip service is being paid to these activities. He believes that the legal profession is not sustainable in its current form. See what else he has to say in this article titled, "Is there anybody in there? Lawyers can learn something about mindfulness from Pink Floyd." Read more....


Leisure Reading

The American Bar Association theme for Law Day 2019 is "Free Speech. Free Press. Free Society," so with that in mind, we went looking among what are probably thousands of titles dealing with the First Amendment to find something for inclusion in this post. We chose Professor Stephen D. Solomon's Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech, a look at the way the colonists vigorously protested against the British through songs, sermons, cartoons, effigies, and liberty trees. Solomon's narratives demonstrate how the robust speech against the British and each other led to a distinctly American take on what freedom of speech and freedom of the press are - and how those freedoms came about. 

Click to find at a local library....


Latest News: February 21, 2019


SAVE THE DATE!
Law Week 2019

Yes, it's only late February, but we'd like you to mark your calendars now for Law Week 2019. This year's theme is "Free Speech. Free Press. Free Society." Take a look at what we have planned:

Monday, April 29, 2019
WAKR Ray Horner Radio Show - Call-In Ask an Attorney
7:30 am - 10:30 am

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Street Law Student Summit
9 am - 1:30 pm
Oriana House Training Center
(We could use your help with the Round Robin discussion)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Law Day Luncheon
11 am - 1 pm
Greystone Hall

The luncheon will include the presentation of these awards and recognitions:

  • Liberty Bell Award
  • Public Service Award
  • United Way Wendell Willkie Award 
  • Community Legal Aid Volunteer of the Year
  • Diversity Award 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Ask-An-Attorney Community Event
3 pm - 6 pm
Akron-
Summit County Library - Main Library

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Special evening event to be announced

5 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday, May 3, 2019
Red Mass
Noon - 1 pm
St. Bernard’s Catholic Church

Join us in celebrating this year's Sir Thomas More Award recipient Jeffrey T. Heintz.

 


In Memoriam

Charles D'Arcy
February 2, 2019


Charles D'Arcy, age 75, passed away at his home surrounded by family after battling leukemia for several years. The son of John and Patricia D'Arcy, he was born in Wellsville, NY. After a family move to Niagara Falls, he graduated from Niagara University and University of Buffalo Law School. He began his career as an attorney/banker in Buffalo, subsequently moving to Stow, OH, where he worked for Bank One before retiring in Cary, NC.


Latest News: February 19, 2019

Member News

Andrew Jamison Joins Akron Office of Reminger Co., LPA

Akron Bar member Andrew Jamison has joined Reminger Co., LPA’s
Akron, Ohio office. Andy specializes in the defense of medical and healthcare professionals, including
physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, hospitals and assisted living and long-term care facilities.
Andy defends malpractice allegations against professionals including real estate agents, brokers,
accountants, architects and engineers. He also has extensive experience handling general liability and
premises liability cases.

Andy returned to Reminger after working as a trial attorney for a large property and casualty insurance
company for seven years, where he focused on matters involving medical and health care
professionals, medical device manufacturers and healthcare entities.

59 Reminger Attorneys Honored as 2019 Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Reminger Co., LPA is proud to announce that 59 of its attorneys were honored as 2019 Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The names will be announced in the 2019 edition of Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and the online attorney directory at SuperLawyers.com. Akron Bar Member Bruce Fahey was among those named as a Super Lawyer- Workers' Compensation.
 


From the Courts

Juvenile Court Honors Dorothy Jackson with Banner

For the 13th year, the Summit County Juvenile Court has observed Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March by displaying banners depicting African-American women who have made an important impact on Summit County history. This year’s honoree is the first African-American woman to serve in the Cabinet of the Akron Mayor’s Office, Dorothy O. Jackson.

On February 5th, in a brief ceremony at the Juvenile Court Center, the banner outlining Ms. Jackson’s achievements was unveiled.

Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio presided over the ceremony and made some opening remarks: “Dorothy Jackson is someone I have admired for many, many years. Even before I became politically involved, I was inspired by her example, and when I finally did get a chance to meet her, it was an exciting moment in my life,” she said. “The past honorees whose banners are displayed each year at the Court are really a Who’s Who of our community’s history, and because of the example she has set not only for the children in our community, but everyone in our community, there is no one more deserving of this recognition than Dorothy Jackson.”

After graduating from East High School and Actual Business College, Ms. Jackson earned a scholarship to Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. where she learned to interpret for the hearing impaired, something that would become a lifelong passion. She was hired by the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority where she created award-winning service programs. Then, in 1984, she made local history by accepting an appointment from then-Mayor Tom Sawyer to serve a Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations.

Former Mayor Tom Sawyer, his successor, Don Plusquellic, and the Senior Pastor at Ms. Jackson’s place of worship, Reverend Dr. Diana Swope from the Arlington Church of God, also made comments regarding Ms. Jackson’s career, her character, and her charisma.

After the comments were delivered, Judge Teodosio and Ms. Jackson unveiled her banner.

“I am so grateful to have this kind of recognition,” Ms. Jackson said. “Congressman Sawyer and Mayor Plusquellic, thank you for the chance to serve the city. And to my daughter, Renee Aniere, my granddaughter Anja, my sister, and my friends who are here today, you have blessed my life. Thank you for being here to share in this wonderful honor.”

United State Trustee Seeks Chapter 7 Trustees

The United States Trustee seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the panel of trustees who administer cases filed under chapter 7 of title 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Bankruptcy Code). The appointment is for cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, primarily in the Eastern Division (Akron). Chapter 7 trustees receive compensation and reimbursement for expenses, in each case in which they serve, pursuant to court order under 11 U.S.C. §326 and §330.

The minimum qualifications for appointment are set forth in 28 C.F.R. § 58.4. To be eligible for appointment, an applicant must. possess strong administrative, financial and interpersonal skills. Fiduciary and bankruptcy experience is desirable but not mandatory.

A successful applicant will be required to undergo a background check, and must qualify to be bonded. Although chapter 7 trustees· are not federal employees, appointments are made consistent with federal Equal Opportunity policies, which prohibit discrimination in employment.

Forward resumes to the Office of the United States Trustee, 201 Superior Avenue, East,Suite 441, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

All resumes should be received on or before Monday, March 11, 2018.


Latest News: February 8, 2019

From the Courts

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield was elected in December to the board of trustees of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. The Common Pleas Judges Association’s membership includes all general division judges of the state’s common pleas courts, and its mission is “to improve the law, the legal system, and the effective administration of justice.”
Read more....


In Memoriam

The Hon. William R. Baird
February 4, 2019


William R. Baird, 84, of Akron died on Monday, February 4, 2019 after a lifetime of public
and community service.


Born in Akron, Ohio, Bill attended King Elementary and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1952. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College in 1956, and his JD from Case Western Reserve University in 1959. Following law school, he served in the United States Army and Army Reserves.

Bill had brief forays into private law practice, but public service was his calling. In 1960, he joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. Concurrently, he served a term as councilman for then-Fairlawn Village from 1960 to 1965. In 1966, he was appointed Law Director for the City of Akron. He was elected as Common Pleas judge in 1976, where he served until appointment to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in 1983. He was re-elected to the appeals court four times, before retiring in 2004. In 2006, he was honored to receive the St. Thomas More award, recognizing his outstanding personal integrity, community service, and professional excellence as a member of the Akron legal community. Click here for the full obituary....
 


Legally Breakfast at the Akron Family Restaurant
7-8:30 am
1st Wednesday of each month

CLEs

Thursday, February 14
Noon

Immigration Issues & Juvenile Court Proceedings - A Round Table Discussion
Juvenile Court Committee Meeting (No CLE)

Friday, February 15
Noon

The Intersection of Guardianship and Medicaid
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Friday, February 15
2:30 - 4 pm

Administrative Law Update
1.5 CLE Credit Hours
(Will be followed by a discussion in re: starting an Administrative Law Section of the Akron Bar

Tuesday, February 26
Noon

Navigating ERISA: Disability Claims from Application through the Courts
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Disability Law Section

Looking Ahead....

March 2019

Tuesday, March 5
Noon

Drug & Alcohol Testing Update
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Family Law Section

Friday, March 8
CLE: Lawyers Assistance Committee Seminar
This seminar originally scheduled for March 8, has been postponed!  More info coming soon.

Friday, March 15
8:30 am-11:45 am

Juvenile Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Practitioners
3 CLE Credit Hours
Hosted by the Juvenile Court Committee

Friday, March 22
1 - 4:15 pm

Immigration Basics & Asylum Law Update
3 CLE Credit Hours

Friday, March 22
Noon

What Probate Attorneys Need To Know About Adoptions (Even If You Never Do One)
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Thursday, March 28
Co-parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation & Angst at the University of Akron School of Law
C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Law Center - Commons
150 University Ave., Akron

Popular Annual Seminars

Thursday, March 29
White Williams Bankruptcy Institute 
 

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18

The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?

Click on the highlighted event titles above to register


A Light-Hearted Look @ the Law

The big day for romance is coming up next week. While you're ordering the roses, studying the chocolate options, and making reservations for dinner, consider the risks of asking someone to be your valentine. Blogger Gordon B. Greenwood has, and you probably should heed his advice. "Will You Be My Valentine? A Lawyer's Light-Hearted Look at the Risk of Romance."


Tools You Can Use

How do you edit a brief? Do you print it out and edit with a red pen? Do you scroll through on your computer monitor to catch errors? UNLV Law Professor Joseph Regalia suggests that you can do an even better job of editing by upping your game with some new techniques. "Edify Your Editing."


JANUARY 2019

Latest News: January 28, 2019

Modest Means Program Needs a Boost - Can We Count on You?

The Modest Means program of the Akron Bar's Lawyer Referral service is seeking attorneys to fill this important referral subset. Those low-income members of the community who don't qualify for the services at Community Legal Aid still deserve solid legal representation.
This is where we can help. By joining the Modest Means Referral Program as a panel attorney, you will not only assist people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn, but you will also:

  • Gain valuable experience
  • Expand your client base
  • Establish yourself in the legal community
  • Maintain a work flow at non-peak times

Click to download the Modest Means Panel Application packet or contact the Lawyer Referral & Information Service at
LRIS@akronbar.org or (330) 436-0117


Thank you for making a difference!


The Moritz College of Law Moot Court Program Also Needs Your Time & Talent

Judges are needed for the Regional Finals of the Annual National Trial Competition (NTC). This year, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is hosting the competition, co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). The competition will run from Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, and will take place at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (345 S. High Street Columbus, Ohio). The NTC draws teams from more than 100 law schools and involves more than 1,000 law students annually. Read more....


In Memoriam

George D. Mallo
December 15, 2018


George D. Mallo, 71, attorney at law, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away peacefully December 15, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on November 3, 1947'

George graduated from Ohio University and earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law in just two years. He was a well-respected attorney who had a highly successful law career in northeastern Ohio and also founded the Mallo Legal Clinic, which offered affordable legal services. In addition, George served for three consecutive years as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio. Click here for the full obituary....
 

George M. Miller
January 19, 2019

Born in Parma, Ohio, George graduated from Parma High School and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from Case Western Reserve University. George served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served as a Magistrate in Domestic Relations Court and later started his own law practice. Click here for the full obituary....
 

Virginia R. Robinson
January 22, 2019

Former Akron Bar President Virginia Robinson was a life-long Akron resident where she began her school career at Saint Vincent St. Mary Elementary School, graduating from Buchtel High School. She earned her nursing degree at Saint Francis School of Nursing, and spent 25 years following her passion for helping others as a registered nurse.

Virginia returned to school and pursued several degrees including a Masters in history and a degree in Law from The University of Akron. She began her law career in private practice then transitioned to a prosecutor for the City of Akron. Later, Virginia served as the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority's Legal counsel from 1989 to 2005. After retirement from AMHA Virginia worked for the City of Akron as the Director of Human Resources.

She joined the Akron Bar Association shortly after graduation from law school ultimately serving as President, as well as the President of the Akron Law Alumni Association and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Click here for the full obituary....


Member News

Roderick Linton Belfance Names Two New Partners

Attorney Christopher Parker and Attorney Steven J. Heimberger have been named partner at Roderick Linton Belfance. Christopher's primary professional focus has been in the area of civil trial work, trying a variety of types of cases on behalf of individuals and insurance companies, and criminal defense work. Steven's primary focus has been representing individuals and businesses in bankruptcy, but also practices in the areas of divorce and family law, debtor/creditor rights, and general civil litigation. 

Stark & Knoll Promotes Two Attorneys to Partner

Stark & Knoll is pleased to announce that it has promoted two members of the Litigation & Employment Group,  Julie A. Bickis and Kathleen A. Hahner, to partner. 

Julie Bickis represents clients in business litigation cases as well as insurance defense matters. She has 13 years of experience handling litigation involving public and private entities, including business disputes, personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Julie was just named vice chair of the board of YMCA's Camp Y-Noah, which provides Day Camp, Overnight Camp and an Equestrian Center for local youth development and to promote healthy living and social responsibility. She also serves on the boards of the Canton-Akron Youth Hockey Association and Boy Scout Troop 265.  

Kathy Hahner represents clients in complex litigation matters, including trade secrets cases, shareholder disputes, and probate litigation. She also counsels S&K clients on HR matters and defends them in employment suits.  

Kathy also serves as a member of the board for PAWS---Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio--- the organization that helped craft and enact Goddard’s Law, which makes it a felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal.

Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio Announces Two New Associate Attorneys

Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, LLP is pleased to welcome new Associate Attorney Justin T. Powell.
Mr. Powell graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Akron School of Law in May of 2018, where he received the Cali Excellence Award in Corporate Law while in school. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar and joined NWMM in November.

The firm also grew in 2018 with the addition of Associate Attorney Natalie Niese in March. Her practice focuses on litigation in the areas of complex commercial, business, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and general litigation. Ms. Niese has been recognized as a Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine.

Brouse McDowell’s Marc Merklin Named Fellow of American College of Bankruptcy

Brouse McDowell’s Managing Partner Marc Merklin will be inducted as a Fellow into the 30th Class of The American College of Bankruptcy on March 15 at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. Marc is one of only 36 individuals nationwide and the only attorney in Ohio to be honored.  

Marc’s admission into the American College of Bankruptcy followed a highly selective and comprehensive process. Before candidates are considered by a Circuit Admissions Council for each federal judicial circuit, they must have a minimum of 15 years of practice, with 10 years of specialization in bankruptcy, and must have an exhibited commitment to the advancement of bankruptcy and insolvency law and practice, as well as evidence of service and education to their communities. Each Council recommends the nomination of Fellows to the Board of Regents which then meets to review before extending invitations to Fellow candidates. 


Personal Health & Wellness

What Deep Breathing Does to Your Body



We've lived with constant, low-level stress for so long, we don't even realize that our bodies are always on alert. Our lizard brains still employ the "fight or flight" response, even when the stressor is nothing more than a badly-timed red light on a busy day and not a tiger ready to pounce. The tools to relieve stress are well-known: exercise, sleep, yoga, meditation, and the list goes on. But when one of life's stressors is finding enough time to actually engage in stress-reduction, the answer may be a deep, cleansing breath. Read more....


Leisure Reading

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list.

Marie-Laure is a blind French girl living with her father in Paris until the Nazi occupation. Werner is a German boy with a talent for building and repairing radios used to track down the Resistance. Their paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Place a hold at the Akron Summit County Public Library.


Latest News: January 15, 2019

Nominations Now Open for Senior Lawyer of the Year

Each year, the Akron Bar Association recognizes one of its members as the "Senior Lawyer of the Year." Nominees should be a Bar member who is either 60+ years of age or in practice 30+ years.

Criteria:
1.  A nominee should be any Akron Bar Association member who is either 60+ years of age or in practice 30+ years. 
2. Years of service to the Association's committees or sections.
3. Work accomplished by the nominee for the Summit County legal community or wider community.
4. Work carried out by the nominee in civic, charitable, or philanthropic activities.
5. Activities carried out by the nominee in support of their legal alma mater.
 
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019. Click here to complete the online nomination form.
 

 

Past recipients:

  • 2017-2018: Shirley A. Simon (pictured above

  • 2016-2017: William M. Oldham

  • 2015-2016:  Terry Zimmerman

  • 2014-2015:  James E. Davis

  • 2013-2014:  Bruce H. Wilson

  • 2012-2013:  George M. Miller

  • 2011-2012:  Barbara A. Venesy

  • 2010-2011:  Stephen A. Fallis

  • 2009-2010:  Tom Henretta

  • 2008-2009:  Michael B. Hendler

  • 2007-2008:  George T. Manos

  • 2006-2007:  Dianne R. Newman

  • 2005-2006:  Frank H. Harvey, Jr.

  • 2004-2005:  Edwin “Ned” Oldham

  • 2003-2004:  G. Bernard Harris

  • 2002-2003:  Stan B. Schneiderman

  • 2001-2002:  Robert W. Blakemore

  • 2000-2001:  A.E. Shama

  • 1999-2000:  Jerry F. Whitmer

  • 1998-1999:  Charles E. Pierson

  • 1997-1998:  Fred E. Eastman


News from the Courts

Governor Appoints Akron Municipal Court Judge

Image of Ann Marie O'Brien

Governor John R. Kasich has appointed Ann Marie O’Brien to serve on the Akron Municipal Court. She replaces Judge Kathryn Michael, who was elected to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. O’Brien will take office Jan. 15, 2019, and must run in the November 2019 election to keep the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term ending Jan. 1, 2024.

New Program Launches at Akron Municipal Court

Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable has started a new program entitled Restore Individual Self-Empowerment (RISE). RISE, which kicked off officially in October, is dedicated to adult female victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and prostitution.

“I created the program because our state has a major human trafficking problem. I am passionate about helping identify these victims, learning about their past and guiding them as they improve their circumstances,” said Judge Cable. “Ohio law provides for expungement of certain offenses committed by human trafficking victims and I am confident RISE will impact our community in a positive way.”

Read full press release....

 

 

Judge Jon Oldham named Akron Municipal Court's Presiding Judge for 2019

Judge Jon Oldham will serve as the administrative/presiding judge of the Akron Municipal Court for 2019. In this role, Judge Oldham will oversee the administration, docket, and calendar as well as the observance of the rules of superintendence and the timely reporting and termination of all cases in the court.

Read full press release....

 

 

 

 

Application for Appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Ohio 

The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Plan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sets forth provisions for furnishing representation in federal court for any person financially unable to obtain representation in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C.  3006A. Pursuant to Section X(A)(1)-(2) of the CJA Plan, “[t]he existing, previously established panel of attorneys who are eligible and willing to be appointed to provide representation under the CJA is hereby recognized; and [t]he court will approve attorneys for membership on the CJA Panel after receiving recommendations from the CJA Committee.”

Pursuant to Section X(C)(3)(a)-(e) of the CJA Plan, to be considered for appointment to the CJA Panel:

“Applicants ... must be members in good standing of the federal bar of this district and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; … must maintain a primary, satellite, or shared office in this district; ... must possess strong litigation skills and demonstrate proficiency with the federal sentencing guidelines, federal sentencing procedures, the Bail Reform Act, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence; … must have significant experience representing persons charged with serious criminal offenses and demonstrate a commitment to the defense of people who lack the financial means to hire an attorney; and [a]ttorneys who do not possess the experience set forth above but believe they have equivalent other experience are encouraged to apply and set forth in writing the details of that experience for the CJA Committee’s consideration.”

Effective January 1, 2006, all attorneys are required to file electronically pursuant to modifications to Local Civil Rule 5.1(c) and Local Criminal Rule 49.2(c) and pursuant to its Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures Manual.

Attorneys wishing to be considered for membership on a CJA Panel who meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application no later than March 31, 2019 to:

Clerk of Court
ATTN: CJA Panel Application
Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House
801 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1830
cjaapplication@ohnd.uscourts.gov

Applications for membership on the Criminal Justice Act Panel may be obtained at the Intake Counter of the Clerk's Offices located in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo and through the Court’s website here.  Completed applications may be returned by mail or email.

 

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and Judge Amy Corrigall Jones to lead Summit County Common Pleas Court in 2019

The Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division judges reappointed Judge Amy Corrigall Jones as administrative judge, a role she has served in since 2017. Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer was nominated and approved as presiding judge to serve the court in 2019. Both judges bring a wealth of experience, a strong history of working together, and hope to bring increased unity to the court.

 

 “I am fortunate to work together with Judge Corrigall Jones in the supervision of the Court of Common Pleas,” said Stormer. “We will work together to enhance the quality of the Court.”

 

 “It is an honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve as administrative judge for a third term in 2019,” shared Corrigall Jones. "I look forward to the privilege of collaborating with Judge Stormer in her capacity as presiding judge."


Personal Health and Wellness

Dry January?

We've seen some articles on the web recently, talking about "Dry January." Not weather-related at all, Dry January is about giving up alcohol during the first month of the new year. According to the folks at Self, there can be some real health benefits if you approach it for the right reasons. Take a look....


Practice Builders

The Power of Influencers to Bring Business to Your Solo/Small Firm Practice

This slightly different take on word-of-mouth marketing will get you thinking about ways to build your practice by trading positive comments about your clients' businesses on their social media platforms for positive comments about your practice on your platforms. Think of it as a very different way of networking.... 

Read more....



 

THE EXAMINER DIGITAL ARCHIVES

January 2018
January Examiner: Resolve to Be Involved @ the Akron Bar in 2019; Text Messaging Has Arrived at the Akron Bar; Who Has Rights to Lake Erie Beaches: Supreme Court May Decide; Government Shutdown Impacts Law Firms, Too.
 

November/December 2018

November/December Examiner: Meet Professionalism Award recipient Bob Brown; Limited Scope Representation: Benefits for You and Your Client; From Community Legal Aid: From Impoverished to Empowered - The Value of Our Vision 

October 2018

October Examiner: Akron Bar Board Votes to Oppose State Issue 1; Endorses Judge Linda Teodosio for OSBA, August LRIS Snapshot, Day Ketterer Merges with Goldman & Rosen, Update Your Information for 2019 Directory

September 2018

September Examiner: "Developments in Internet Legal Services," Proposed State Issue 1 Worries Ohio Chief Justice; Will Reduce Prison Costs Says Supporter, July LRIS Snapshot

July/August 2018

July/August Examiner: Initial message from Incoming President Bill Chris, June 2018 LRIS Snapshot, LRIS Produces New Promotional Video, "Crafting to Escape the Stresses of Practicing Law"

June 2018

June Examiner: Reflections from Outgoing Bar President Dave Lewis, Updates on Using New On-Demand CLE Interface, Roadmap to Financial Wellness Seminar Set for June 28, Advanced Topics in Probate Law + a Larry Poulos Cookout on June 29

May 2018

May Examiner: Movie "Marshall" Aired as Part of Law Week, E-Discovery 101 for Paralegals, Federal Courts Luncheon Scheduled for May 11, Senior Lawyer Annual Spring Dinner Honoring Shirley Simon Set for May 15

April 2018

April Examiner: Announcing Law Week Programming, June 21 Set for Annual Meeting, 22nd Annual White Williams Seminar Scheduled for April 13

March 2018

March Examiner: The 2018 Legal Directories Have Arrived!, Application Forms Available for Foundation Grants and Scholarships, Spring Break CLE in Arizona, Signs That You Might Have an Eating Disorder

February 2018

February Examiner: Introducing the Bar's New Membership Marketing Campaign, Steve Fallis Remembers Jerry Leipply, Announcing New Bar Telephone System; Member Management System

January 2018

January Examiner: Announcing the 2018 Akron Bar Foundation Gala, Clothing Drive for Indigent Defendants, Summit County Common Pleas Court Partners with Greenleaf Family Center to Combat Opiate Crisis