Dec 5 - Annual Holiday Celebration

Dec 5 & 6 - 2019 New Lawyer Training (12 hr. CLE & NLT)

Dec 10 - Master Class in Law & Military History: Resilience Then & Now (Video Replay | 3 hr. CLE)

Dec 11 - Advanced Topics in Labor & Employment Law (3 hr. CLE)

Dec 13 - Updates on Sentencing, Sealing, & Ohio Legislation, + Why, When, & How to Use an Expert Witness (3.5 hr. CLE)

Dec 16 - Crisis Management For Attorneys & Their Clients (2 hr. CLE)

Dec 17 - Annual Bernard I. Rosen Domestic Relations Institute, 2019 (Video Replay | 5 hr. CLE + 1 Prof. Cond.)

Dec 18 - Annual J. Dean Carro Criminal Law Update (Video Replay | 3 hr. CLE)

Dec 18 - Nuts-n-Bolts of Criminal Law Practice (Video Replay | 3.5 hr. CLE)

Dec 19 - Daniel Sickles Trial: Murder, Jury Nullification, & the Temporary Insanity Defense (Video Replay | 3 hr. CLE)

Dec 20 - Ohio Notary Update (Video Replay | 1 hr. CLE)

Dec 20 - Annual J. Dean Carro Criminal Law Update (Video Replay | 3 hr. CLE)

Dec 27 - Annual J. Dean Carro Criminal Law Update (Video Replay | 3 hr. CLE)

Dec 27 - Juvenile Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Abuse & Neglect Practitioners (Video Replay | 2.75 hr. CLE)

Dec 30 - Ballots & Bullets: Black Power Politics & Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland (Video Replay | 2.5 Prof. Cond.)

Dec 30 - Ohio Notary Update (Video Replay | 1 hr. CLE)

Jan 8 - Annual J. Dean Carro Criminal Law Update (Video Replay | 3 hr. CLE)

Jan 9 - Contempt Actions in Juvenile Court  (1 hr. CLE)


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In Memoriam

Stanley J. Aronson, 77, passed away September 22, 2019.

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The Summit County Legal Community Spends the Day In Cleveland

  Ohio Civil Rights Commission Summit County Prosecutor's Office
  LRIS Department  

The Annual Legal Career Fair, held at the Cleveland Metro Bar Association (CMBA), assists New Admittees/3Ls network with future employers. This event is co-hosted by:

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • The University of Akron School of Law 


How Will You Celebrate National Notary Public Day (November 7)? 

The Akron Bar Association & Foundation is celebrating with Jennifer & Stuart, customer services specialists, from Ohio Notary Services (ONS)!


Akron Bar Foundation Annual Fellows Breakfast

2019 Fellows Nominations:

  • Alisa N. Benedict O'Brien
  • Lewis E. Bennett, III
  • Christopher J. Peters
  • Duriya A. Dhinojwala
  • Jason D. Dodson
  • Jason B. Eshelman
  • Scott M. Kolligian
  • Ashley M. Manfull
  • Lavell O. Payne Brown
  • Jaclyn A. Palumbo
  • Christopher T. Teodosio
  • Andrea Whitaker

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In Memoriam

Randolph “RC” C. Norris, 92, passed away on October 29, 2019 from injuries sustained in a fire at his home at Dusty's Landing in Portage Lakes, Ohio

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Akron Bar Foundation Receives Special Recognition At National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon 

  Montrella Jackson & Bernie Rochford  

On November 1, 2019, at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, the Akron Bar Foundation received the Special Recognition Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter.  Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter members Erin Cole, Victim Assistance Program, and Nicole Hagy, Akron Municipal Court, nominated the Foundation for the award.

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Jessica S. Forrest Joins Cleveland Office of Reminger Co., LPA

Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce that Jessica S. Forrest has joined the Cleveland, Ohio office of Reminger Co., LPA. 

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Alfred E. Schrader Joins Roderick Linton Belfance, LLP

Attorney Alfred "Al" E. Schrader has joined the law firm of Roderick Linton Belfance, LLP, as an equity partner. Attorney Schrader is licensed to practice law in both State and Federal Courts in Ohio.

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ONLY VALID Oct. 18 - 27, 2019


In Memoriam

"The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long". And so it was with Brian Pierce, gone from this earth far too soon at age 51.

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The Results of the July 2019 Ohio Bar Examination

Out of 885 applicants, 647 (73.1%) received passing scores; out of 734 first time applicants, 82% received passing scores. 

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 2 pm, the oath will be administered to eligible applicants from the University of Akron School of Law at the Palace Theatre, 34 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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In Memoriam

Charles Doyle Parke, 88, passed away Oct. 20, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.

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Akron Municipal Court Launches "Have Gavel, Will Travel" Outreach Program

Akron, Ohio, October 9, 2019 – The Akron Municipal Court has formally launched a new outreach program entitled “Have Gavel, Will Travel.” The program’s goal is to schedule opportunities for Judges and Akron Municipal Court staff members to visit schools and other community groups to educate the public about its mission, specialized dockets, programming and timely topics.

For the press release...

For WKSU article by David Williams & Sarah Taylor (Oct. 11, 2019).


Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award: Patricia A. Cosgrove

Congratulations to Patricia A. Cosgrove, the recipient of the 2019 Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award. If her resume were to tell the story, she has had an exemplary career as a lawyer, prosecuting attorney, and judge.  However, what it doesn't tell you is best said by her colleagues and friends. She's "courageous," fair," and an intellect.

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Lawyer to Lawyer Give Back for Justice

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Bocce with the Bar

1st Place - The Past Presidents 2nd Place - Stark & Knoll Co., LPA   

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In Memoriam

Janice E. Romanoski died quietly on September 11, 2019 while surrounded by family.

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Please Join Us In Welcoming Our New Business Affiliate


Brennan Manna Diamond Welcomes Seven New Attorneys

Brennan Manna Diamond is pleased to welcome the following attorneys: in our Akron office, Blake R. Gerney, David J. Hrina, Matthew R. Duncan, Hamilton DeSaussure, Jr., Stephen E. Matasich and Paul C. Filon; and in our Cleveland office, Russell T. Rendall.

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Jay Krasovec and David DiFiore have joined Witschey Witschey & Firestine Co. LPA

Mr. Krasovec received his A.A and B.A. both cum laude from The University of Akron and his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Akron Law Review.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Krasovec was a partner at Day Ketterer in Canton. A native Summit County resident, Mr. Krasovec served on the boards for both The Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties and continues to be active in those agencies.  Mr. Krasovec remains engaged at The University of Akron School of Law supporting its first-year mentor, trial advocacy and moot court programs. Mr. Krasovec will focus his practice on commercial, employment, and construction litigation.

David DiFiore received his B.S. cum laude from Miami University, his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law, and his Masters in Taxation from The University of Akron.   Mr. DiFiore has been involved in and represented many non-profits in the greater Akron area. Mr. DiFiore’s practice focusses on the areas of estate planning, probate, business and taxation.  Founded in 1996, Witschey Witschey & Firestine Co. LPA provides a full range of legal services to individuals and businesses throughout Ohio.


Introducing the Legal Services Referral Network (LSRN)

Chances are from time to time you need a helping hand. It may be a pleading, a brief that has you stumped, or a filing with no time to do the research. Better yet, maybe it’s simply a matter of case overload. Good news! Thanks to the newly formed Legal Services Referral Network (LSRN), there are well-qualified lawyers with legal research and writing experience available to help.

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Akron Bar Association Announces 2019 Judicial Ratings

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

The Akron Bar Association has created a website – to not only promote the Commission’s ratings, but to serve as a central source of information about the local judicial candidates appearing on the November ballot. In addition to the ratings, links to the candidates’ websites and social media pages can be found easily.

All ratings require a majority vote of the Commission; a rating of “Excellent” requires two thirds super majority of the Commission. The ratings are not intended to be a comparison or endorsement of candidates, but only represent the Commission’s evaluation of each individual candidate’s qualifications for the specific office sought.

A rating of “Adequate” requires a vote of a majority of the Commission members present. If a candidate is rated “Adequate,” a second ballot is taken to determine if the rating “Good” will be awarded, also requiring a vote of the majority of the Commission members present. If a candidate is rated “Good,” a third ballot is taken to determine if the rating “Excellent” will be awarded. The “Excellent” rating requires the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the Commission members present.

The Commission is comprised of 28 experienced members of the Akron Bar Association selected by its Municipal Courts Committee, Common Pleas & Appellate Courts Committee, Family Law Section, Probate Law Section, the Chair of the Commission, and the Bar President. No more than 50% of the Commission may be from any one political party. All candidates complete a questionnaire containing extensive biographical data and submit relevant materials, including writing samples. References for the candidates are interviewed and intensive interviews of the candidates are conducted.

This year, the Commission, chaired by Chris Esker with Michael Elliot serving as vice-chair, evaluated the judicial candidates running in the election scheduled for November 5, 2019.

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In Memoriam

Richard T. Cunningham The world lost an honorable man and true gentleman on August 14, 2019, when Richard T. Cunningham, "Dick", 89, died peacefully at Akron Summa Hospital's Palliative Care Unit.

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An Important Message from C. Allen Nichols

I have been working with the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) to address increasing concern over the Ohio Legislature’s decision to single out attorneys as the only state-licensed professionals no longer eligible for the state’s Business Income Deduction. 

OSBA is concerned that solo/small firm practitioners are positioned to be hard hit by House Bill (HB)166. To put some perspective around that, nearly half of our Akron Bar members fall into this category. 

Under current Ohio law, pass-through entities pay no tax on the first $250,000 of income. In excluding lawyers from the deduction, the amendment will have significant implications on the tax liabilities of many lawyers and create disparate treatment in Ohio's tax code among similarly-situated business entities with seemingly no basis for doing so.

Even though Governor Mike Dewine has signed the bill, there is hope that -- with enough pressure from the legal community -- it will come under review and be rescinded in the fall time frame. That’s where your help is needed.  

The OSBA is asking concerned attorneys to take part in a letter writing campaign to their State Representatives. The purpose is to raise consideration around the fairness of singling out a profession, making it known that solo/small practices will be significantly impacted and letting them know all that attorney’s do to support the economy and local communities. 

To help you get started, here is a fact sheet, sample letter and a completed letter written by one of our own Akron Bar members. 

I will continue to provide updates through the Association’s e-newsletters and emails as appropriate. In the meantime, please take a few minutes to send a letter to your state representative.


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In Memoriam

Timothy John Enright, 73, passed away June 13, 2019.

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Kickoff Summer Painting Party with the Women in Law Section!


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. 

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In Memoriam

On the 2nd of June, 2019, Leland (Lee) Dean Cole, passed away peacefully at the age of 79.

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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.