A Message From The President
Hamilton DeSaussure, Jr.
To watch Hal's message, please click here...
CLE Content Expands Through Partnership
The Akron Bar and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) will partner this Fall to make our CLE content accessible to members of both organizations. By partnering, members will benefit by accessing a more comprehensive selection of local content, and still receive a discounted admission or "member rate," in most situations. At this time, Akron Bar members can receive the CMBA member rate when registering for CMBA CLE by emailing Dominica Essi, CMBA's CLE/Sections Coordinator. Shortly, we will add CMBA's CLE seminars to our News & Events and Calendar pages.
Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award
The Akron Bar is happy to announce that the 2020 Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award Recipient is Archie W. Skidmore.

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.​

Please stay tuned for virtual event details...
In Memoriam
Photograph curtesy
The Akron Beacon Journal
"Retired Barberton Municipal Court Judge Michael L. Weigand, 77, died early Wednesday morning after complications from a Sept 17 fall. Weigand served for 18 years on the Barberton court, retiring in 2007. Even in retirement, he remained active, filling in for judges in Barberton and Akron...When individuals appeared in his court, Weigand looked for opportunities to help them if they wanted to reform, said Barberton Municipal Court Judge Todd McKenney. 'He genuinely wanted to give people a chance if they wanted to do better in their life,' McKenney said." 

For The Akron Beacon Journal article, please click here...
Mediation Program Update
The Ninth District Court of Appeals’ mediation program will be undergoing a transition in the next two weeks. John Minter joined the Court a little more than a year ago and has served as an excellent mediator for the Court. John will be moving to a new mediation position with the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in October. The Court has selected Matt Mennes as the Court’s new mediation attorney.

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Summit County Court Of Common Pleas General Division
Seeking Two (2) Candidates For Appointment
To The CBCF Facility Governing Board
The Court of Common Pleas - General Division is accepting letters of interest for two (2) appointments to the CBCF Facility Governing Board, to serve a three-year term that commences Nov. 8, 2020. 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 Oct. 9, 2020, at 4 pm EST.
New features include:

Briefs, Pleadings, Motions, and Orders

  • Users can now access hundreds of millions of Briefs, Pleadings, Motions, and Orders provided by Docket Alarm (a Fastcase company). Now Fastcase users can access Docket Alarm’s 400+ million documents. 
Ground-up Redesign of User Interface

  • Our users have given us a lot of feedback about Fastcase 7’s user interface. We’ve listened. This release provides a full re-design of the entire interface. The biggest improvement: Fastcase now looks great on all screens — from 27” retina monitors down to the smallest phone. 
Authority Check

  • ​​​​Finding a case’s status — or documents that cite to a statute — just became easier with our newly re-designed Authority Check. Simply click on a document’s flag to see other documents that cite to it. We’ve separated the algorithmically determined Negative Treatment, making it quicker and easier to determine a case’s authority and status.

To learn more about the changes in the new Fastcase interface, please click here...
Help Celebrate A Member's 47 Years Of Service
On Sep. 30, 2020, after 47-years of service, Joseph S. Kodish will retire as the Director of Legal Defender Office of Summit County, Ohio Inc. During Joe's longstanding career and membership at the Akron Bar, he has served on numerous Committees and sections. Help us celebrate his achievements by sending your well wishes to Janean Ray.
Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. celebrates alongside their client, "...Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, for an Emmy win for the CBS Sunday Morning segment that shared their story. Ted Koppel’s feature documenting the Gibson family’s fight to protect their business against false allegations of racism won a News & Documentary Emmy for 'Outstanding Feature Story in a Newscast.' As David Gibson’s last television interview, it’s a fitting tribute to a man who fought tirelessly to preserve his family’s reputation and demonstrate that the truth still matters. Being featured in an Emmy-award-winning newscast marks yet another first for our firm, which serves to further highlight the record-setting defamation verdict earned on behalf of our client."
Ronald Cappellazzo Joins Owings Law, LLC
Owings Law, LLC, located in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, is pleased to announce that Attorney Ronald Cappellazzo recently joined our firm. A graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College, Cappellazzo has over 30 years of experience, practicing primarily in bankruptcy, criminal law, and domestic relations.
Attorney Lisa Owings, the firm’s founder, also announces that she has recently become licensed in North Carolina. Attorney Owings would be happy to assist your clients throughout Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, New Jersey, Utah, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, working closely with you if they need legal representation in one of these states, and allowing you to expand the services you provide.
 Corinne Hoover Six Named Fellow
Of The American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers
Hoover Kacyon, LLC is pleased to announce that Corinne Hoover Six has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Comprised of the top matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, AAML members are recognized as preeminent family law practitioners with the highest levels of knowledge, skill, and integrity. For more information, please click here...
Volunteer Opportunity
The Booth Manor Apartment Complex allows the Salvation Army to provide temporary housing to help individuals in recovery from addiction.

On Fri., Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, 2020, from 9 am - 3 pm help the Salvation Army renovate Booth Manor by:

  • Completing General Repairs;
  • Painting;
  • Cleaning/Sanitizing;
  • And Outdoor Yard Work.
We ask that you dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor work. Volunteers will receive free breakfast and lunch, and will receive personal protection equipment. If you have questions or to volunteer, please contact John Kasler, Volunteer Coordinator, at 330.434.7365.
University of Akron School Of Law
Student Bar Association Starts Fall Apparel Sale
Whether you want to show your alumni pride or support the University of Akron School of Law's Student Bar Association, we have exclusive access to the 2020 apparel catalog.

If you have questions, please contact Lauren M. Zidones, Student Bar Association President, at 440.708.6355.

For the catalog/order form, please click here...

To purchase online, please click here...
Member Benefit Of The Month
Live Interactive Webinar:

  • Nov. 9 - SAVE the DATE - Annual J. Dean Carro Criminal Law Update

  • Nov. 12 - SAVE the DATE - Annual Bernard I. Rosen Domestic Relations Institute


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