Your April 2017 News from the Akron Bar Association
President's Letter

You have probably noticed that the theme many of this year’s President’s Messages includes recognition of the collegiality among and support for each other as members of our Bar Association. As we approach Law Day and our related activities, it is a fitting time to recognize the purposes of Law Week, but also to once again celebrate each other as members of our Association. Read more....

Join Us for Law Week 2017
April 29-May 5

The Akron Bar Association presents a week of special events and activities in celebration of Law Week. Our schedule of special events kicks off with our 2nd Annual Family Carnival and wraps up with the annual observance of The Red Mass. Check out the events listed below and mark you calendar! 
Saturday, April 29
1-3 PM

Family Carnival: A Fun Affair for All Ages!

We had such a blast last year, we had to do it again! Join us for free live entertainment, food, and beverages. Click to RSVP....
Monday, May 1
7-10 am / 1590 WAKR Radio Station

Ray Horner Radio Show featuring Akron Bar Members

Street Law Student Summit
Ellet Community Center 
2449 Wedgewood Dr
Tuesday, May 2
7:30 AM

"Top Five" Award Breakfast

We will recognize the firms and attorneys who had the "Top Five Cases" as chosen by their peers in a contest co-sponsored by the Akron Legal News. Click to register....
Wednesday, May 3
11 am
Greystone Hall

Annual Law Day Luncheon

We will be honoring our 50-year members and presenting the Liberty Bell Award, the Judicial Pioneer Award and others. Click to register....

Thursday, May 4
2:30 pm
Duck Club at Canal Park

"But Officer.... I Only Had One Beer": Suppression Issues and the 4th Amendment

Come for the seminar - stay for the Akron Rubber Ducks vs the Altoona Curve! Click to register....

Friday, May 5
St. Bernard Catholic Church
44 University St., Akron

The Red Mass

Join us as we honor Attorney Frank E. Quirk as he receives the Sir Thomas More Award given by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. All are invited to the luncheon following the service. 
Meet Frank E. Quirk
2017 Sir Thomas More Award Recipient

The Akron Bar Association is proud of our own Frank E. Quirk, former Bar president, former Akron Bar Foundation president, earlier winner of the Bar's Liberty Bell Award, Founding Chair of the Akron Downtown Partnership, and all around dedicated individual. Frank will be receiving this year's Sir Thomas More Award, presented by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, in recognition of Frank's outstanding personal integrity, community service, and professional excellence. Click here to read more of Frank's compelling story....

Law Week 2017
"The 14th Amendment:
Transforming American Democracy"

The 2017 theme provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its Citizenship, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, this transformative amendment advanced the rights of all Americans. It also played a pivotal role in extending the reach of the Bill of Rights to the states. Read more....

Spring 2017 CLEs

Friday, April 21
8 am

Hartville Kitchen, Hartville

21st Annual White Williams Bankruptcy Institute
6 CLE Credit Hours/1 Hour Professional Conduct

Hosted by the Akron Bar Association & the Stark County Bar Association

Friday, April 21

Conflicts of Interest in Trust and Estate Administration 
1 CLE Credit Hour

Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Section

Tuesday, May 2 

Tax Issues in Divorce Matters 
1 CLE Credit Hour

Hosted by the Family Law Section

Thursday, May 4 

Union Avoidance Issues and Strategies
1 CLE Credit Hour

Hosted by the Labor and Employment Law Section

Thursday, May 4 
2 pm

Duck Club/Canal Park

But Officer, I Only Had One Beer: Suppression Issues and the 4th Amendment 
3 CLE Credit Hours

Hosted by the Criminal Law Section

Come for the Seminar - Stay for the Game!

Looking ahead....

23rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar in LAS VEGAS! “It’s Been a Long, Strange Trip”

MAY 19-20, 2017

Join us for the Akron Bar Association’s 23rd and “absolutely final” Workers’ Compensation Seminar in Las Vegas! We’ve made many changes, including moving to a new venue and hosting an opening cocktail reception for attendees and guests. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, May 25
2 pm
Progressive Field, Cleveland

Why Lawyers Strike Out: Professionalism in Baseball & the Legal Profession

Hosted by the Akron and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Come for the Seminar - Stay for the Game!

Click on the CLE titles above to register

You Are Invited to the Annual Federal Court Luncheon

The Akron Bar Association’s Federal Courts Committee is honored to host the
2017 Federal Court Bench Bar Luncheon

Friday, April 28, 2017

11:30 am

Rosemont Country Club
3777 Rosemont Blvd., Fairlawn, Ohio

Hear from our newest magistrate judges and network with federal court judges,
staff, and attorneys.
Click to register....

2017 Annual Meeting Save the Date

And while you have your calendar out to add Law Week events, save the date for the 2017 Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, June 22 at the Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson. Hope to see you there!
Officer & Trustee Slate Selected for Akron Bar Board

The following slate of officers and trustees for the 2017-18 Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees will be voted on at the June 22 Annual Meeting:

President-elect: Bill Chris

Secretary: Susan Durr

Treasurer: John Martin

Trustee: Bradley S. S. Dunn

Trustee: Irv Sugerman

Trustee: Marietta Pavlidis

April Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

Your Akron Bar Association Fastcase benefit gives you access to a variety of searchable databases to help you find cases and statutes quickly and easily. One of Fastcase’s features is the ability to search statutes across multiple jurisdictions, allowing you to survey a topic across our statutory collection.

Example: If you are looking for statutes on the equitable distribution of property, you could follow these steps:

1. Select Search Statutes from the Search menu on the homepage.

2. In the search bar, enter the following: “equitable distribution” & property.

3. Click the Select All button under the list of current statutes.

4. Select Search.

Text or Email - You Choose

Are you more of a phone person or a desktop/laptop/iPad person? The Akron Bar is offering you the option of receiving text messages for things like reminders of upcoming events and CLEs for which you are registered as well as text notification when the monthly Examiner & weekly enews are ready for your perusal. Interested? Send your full name and cell phone number to
Akron Bar 2017 Legal Directory Now Available

The 2017 Legal Directory is a wealth of local legal community information, including:

  • Law Firms
  • Akron Bar Association Members/Lawyers
  • Akron Bar Association Members/Associate Members (Legal Staff, Law Students)
  • Practice Areas
  • Courts & Government Offices Information
  • Akron Bar Association Non-Members in Summit County

Directories may be purchased online by clicking here. You may choose to have your directory shipped or to pick it up at the Akron Bar Association office at 57 South Broadway Street in Akron (behind the John S. Knight Center).

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday:  9 am – 5 pm
Friday:  9 am – 4 pm

A Special Bar Association Benefit for New/Recent Admittees!

Did you know that all new/recent admittees who join the Akron Bar Association also receive a free law library membership? If you are a first- through fourth-year legal practitioner, you qualify for this benefit. Click here to apply for your FREE Akron Law Library membership.
Seeking Writers for Akron Bar Examiner

We're looking for members of the Akron Bar who would like to submit articles to appear in the Examiner. Topics are of your choosing that relate to any aspect of the law, the legal profession,
a hobby or personal interest - whatever you'd like to share with other Bar members.

Consider a "Ten Top Things..." about your specialty.  Perhaps you'd like to describe a special project or even what you did on your last vacation. (Bill Dowling's bicycle trip trough Vietnam yielded incredible photos for the March 2015 issue....)

Deadlines are the 20th of each month for publication the following month. Interested? Send an email proposal to the Akron Bar Association Marketing Department at 
Akron Bar Association Foundation:
Give ‘til it...helps!

The Akron Bar Association Foundation is our charitable entity that supports a variety of activities including providing community grants and scholarships to law students. The Foundation’s primary fundraiser is the annual Gala, but we offer many other ways to give toward the support of the legal programs and initiatives that make us a premier membership organization.

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