Message From C. Allen Nichols, Executive Director
Welcome to Carol Tran who has been selected to serve as the volunteer editor of the e-Examiner! We look forward to including member-contributed articles in our monthly e-magazine for the first time in years. Our hope is to utilize the expertise of our Akron legal community to share legal news, updates, opinions, etc. to broaden the knowledge of our members. We’re also looking to highlight the expertise of our members amongst their colleagues. Carol is looking for articles on any variety of topics that interest you such as current events, court practices, case law updates, newly approved laws and their implications, best practices, etc. If you have an idea please feel free to contact Carol directly via email. We also hope that you’ll agree to write an article if she contacts you! Our goal is to include the first set of articles in the January 2021 e-Examiner.
Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award
Virtual Award Ceremony | Wed., Nov. 18, 2020, Noon
The Akron Bar is celebrating Archie W. Skidmore the 2020 Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award Recipient at a virtual award ceremony on Wed., Nov. 18, 2020, at Noon.

The Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award was created to recognize an attorney's exceptional dedication to the standards of the profession and to recognize one who has demonstrated integrity and humanitarian concern within the community.​

To register, please click here...
In Memoriam
Lt. Colonel James R. Hinton took his last flight to heaven on Fri., Oct. 23, 2020, at the age of 88.

"Jim graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity, as well as the ROTC. Jim enlisted in the Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1957, serving with the Judge Advocate General's Corp, Department of Justice, the US Attorney General, and the Selective Service. He retired with many accolades as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1982."
"During his 50 year career as a civilian attorney, he was known to be an expert trial lawyer who could handle many types of cases. His cases led him all the way to the United States Supreme Court, yet he was always willing to help with smaller personal situations too."

For the full obituary, please click here...
Message From Wayne M. Rice, Bar Counsel
Did You Know Attorneys Have an Obligation to Provide Accommodations to Clients With Disabilities?
The Bar Association recently learned that an attorney declined to represent a deaf individual because the attorney did not want to provide an interpreter so that the attorney and client could communicate effectively. As “providers of services to the public," law offices, regardless of the number of employees or the nature of the practice, are public accommodations under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and are required to provide auxiliary aids and services, at no charge to the deaf or hard-of-hearing client, to ensure effective communication.

In keeping with the Akron Bar's mission to empower its members to reflect the highest professional standards, we are providing a letter from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). NAD is, "...the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States. The NAD seeks to ensure that all attorneys and law offices understand their legal obligations with respect to serving deaf and hard of hearing clients.”

For the NAD's Advocacy Letter, please click here...

Please Note: There is a link in the letter to the Settlement Agreement in a case that the U.S. Department of Justice brought against an attorney in New Mexico who refused to provide an interpreter for a deaf client.
Racial Equity And The Akron Bar Association
A Virtual Book Discussion
Join Amanda S. Smith, on Mon., Nov. 23, 2020, at Noon for a discussion on Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think And Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD.

"You don't have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward. Eberhardt works extensively as a...
consultant to law enforcement and as a psychologist at the forefront of this new field. Her research takes place in courtrooms and boardrooms, in prisons, on the street, and in classrooms and coffee shops. She shows us the subtle--and sometimes dramatic--daily repercussions of implicit bias in how teachers grade students, or managers deal with customers. It has an enormous impact on the conduct of criminal justice, from the rapid decisions police officers have to make to sentencing practices in court."

To register, please click here...
Ohio Notary Services Chooses SIGNiX
As Exclusive Remote Online Notarization Partner
Ohio Notary Services, LLC (ONS) choose SIGNiX as its exclusive remote online notarization (RON) partner. ONS is the Ohio Secretary of State’s sole authorized provider for RON education and testing to over 130,000 notaries in the State of Ohio.

“Unlike most other RON service providers, SIGNiX doesn’t compete with notaries for business; rather, SIGNiX gives notaries direct access to comprehensive solutions needed to conduct remote transactions and expand their business opportunities."
For more information, please click here...
Gorgeous Furnished Office Suite In Downtown Kenmore
Are you looking for a new location located in downtown Kenmore? This rental property is gorgeous, up-scale furnished office suite, and is located in downtown Kenmore. This centrally located office space with:

  • Impressive architectural details accented by stunning hardwood floors, tin ceiling tiles, and detailed mill work;
  • Ample parking;
  • Convenient highway access;
  • Located on the bus line;
  • And less than 20-minutes from the Akron/Canton airport

The suite is comprised of 3 separate executive office spaces, an over-sized conference room (16’ x 35’) with a beautiful fireplace, reception and waiting areas, as well as a break room, file storage room, and large display case. Make an appointment via email today to see this one-of a kind opportunity!
$3,000 per month
Triple Net Lease
946 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron, Ohio 44314
Virtual 5K To Benefit Community Legal Aid
"Community Legal Aid will host its first virtual 5k early next month. The contactless fundraiser will support the nonprofit’s legal services, client outreach, and educational programs...The event is designed not only to raise funds, but also to increase awareness for the need for civil legal aid programs."

For more information, please click here...
Seeking One Candidate For Appointment To The
CBCF Facility Governing Board
The Court of Common Pleas - General Division is accepting letters of interest for one (1) appointment to the CBCF Facility Governing Board, to serve a three-year term that commences immediately. Candidates should send a letter of interest, along with their qualifications, to the Court Executive Office, Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308 no later than Wed., Nov. 25, 2020 at 4 pm. 
Attorney Contact Visitation At The Summit County Jail COVID-19 Update
Photographs courtesy of sheriff.summitoh.net
On Nov. 2, 2020, the Summit County Jail (Jail) will be resuming attorney/professional contact visitation with the inmates. After this date, there will no longer be a need for the Hon. Amy Corrigall Jones to issue orders for contact visitation. The Jail is putting additional safety measures for attorneys and professional visitors who wish to have contact visitation with their clients. "The Jail is still requiring all professional visitors to wear masks at all times and they will be medically screened prior to entry inside the security of the jail. Inmates will be required to wear a mask during the duration of the visit as well."
To schedule visitation, please call Inmate Services, Mon. - Fri. from 8 am - 4 pm, at 330.643.2177.
Supreme Court of Ohio Extended 12-hour Cap Waiver To Attorneys Reporting December 31, 2021 (Last Names A-L)
For more information, please click here...
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