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January Open Enrollment Period for Summit County Criminal Appointed Counsel List

Pursuant to Summit County Local R. 41, open enrollment periods for attorneys wishing to apply for the Criminal Appointed Counsel List are the months of January and August.

If you are not a member and would like to be on the list you should apply now. If you applied and joined the list in January 2018 you need to re-apply now to remain on the list.

All relevant information regarding CLE opportunities, requirements, and application instructions,as well as the online application, are available on the Akron Bar Association's website.

If you wish to apply, please fill out the online application and e-mail it to along with your CLE transcript, proof of liability insurance, and photograph by January 25, 2019.

Only applications submitted through this online process will be considered for inclusion on the list.

 It's December! Time to Get Those CLE Credits for 2018!

Anytime. Anywhere. Online/Self-Study CLE

The Akron Bar Association, in cooperation with other members of the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium (OMBAC), is pleased to announce a new and improved platform for all of your self-study/online CLE needs.

Click here to visit our online CLE catalog

If you have not logged into our online CLE catalog since May 1, 2018, then - before you can complete a purchase - you must first reset your password using the email address associated with your old online CLE account.

Courses Completed Prior to 5/1/2018:

Your completion information and certificates of attendance have been transferred over to your new account and can be viewed after you log-in. However, if you do not see completion information and certificates of attendance for programs you completed prior to May 1, 2018, you should:

Go to

 Log into your Legacy Account using your email address associated with your old OMBAC account. If you have not logged into the OMBAC site since May 1, 2018, then you need to reset your password using the email address associated with your old OMBAC account.

If you have any trouble logging in or resetting your password - please contact tech support at 877-602-9877.

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Mock Trial Competitions

We need your help! Judges are requested to be available for either/or both the District and Regional Competitions. Please consider donating your time to making the Mock Trial experience one that participating students will always remember.

  • January 18, 2019 District Competition
    • ​​Morning Session 8:30-Noon
    • Afternoon Session Noon-3:30
  • February 15, 2019 Regional Competition
    • ​Morning Session 8:30-Noon
    • Afternoon Session Noon-3:30

Sign up for a single session or for the entire day. Interested? Please email your availability to Jennifer Venables at

Legally Breakfast at the Akron Family Restaurant

7-8:30 am
1st Wednesday of each month


6.0 CLE approved
6.0 general CLE (w/ 2.5 professional conduct hours) approved
3.0 professional conduct hours pending
3.0 general CLE pending
3.0 general CLE approved
1.0 general CLE pending
3.0 general CLE pending
2 professional conduct CLEs pending
(co-sponsored w/ the OSBA)
3.0 general CLE pending

Click to view the Akron Bar Association & Foundation’s Entire Calendar

Member News

Roetzel Promotes Three Associates to Shareholder

Akron Bar Member Laura L. Wallerstein of the firm’s Akron and Columbus offices is a member of the Real Estate Group. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, franchisee representation, as well as condominium and homeowner association matters. She is an emerging leader in the City of Akron and Summit County serving as a Commissioner on the Summit County Charter Review Board and a member of the Downtown Akron Partnership’s Executive Committee.  Attorney Wallerstein has been recognized with the “Woman of the Year” award by the Summit County Historical Society, the “30 for the Future” award from the Greater Akron Chamber, the “Young Professional Award” from ATHENA Akron, and the “Emerging Leader Award” from Women’s Network, among others. She was a part of Leadership Akron, Class 34 and has been selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Laura attended Oberlin College, where she earned a B.A. in Economics. She subsequently earned both an M.B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Akron’s College of Business Administration and School of Law, respectively.

The Examiner  Digital Magazine Archives

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