Your January 2018 News
from the Akron Bar Association
Akron Bar Foundation Gala 
Sit-Down Dinner & Silent Auction  
Saturday, February 3, 2018
 6-10 pm
at the Akron-Fairlawn Hilton

6 pm: Cocktails
7 pm: Dinner
8 pm: Program
9 pm: Auctions Begin Closing

    Tickets $125 
    $75 New Lawyers & Law Students
    Entertainment by Sausalito Jazz
RSVP by January 25, 2018 

Proceeds benefit the Foundation Scholarship & Grant Initiatives
Click here to register....

Would you like to be a sponsor and/or advertiser? Click here....
"Fill the Closet" Clothing Drive
for Indigent Defendants

The Akron Bar, in partnership with Goodwill, is addressing the needs of indigent clients who are without appropriate clothing for court appearances. Defense counsel will have the opportunity to shop at any Goodwill location and select clothing from the general inventory.

We need YOU to help get this off the ground! As you clean out your personal closet, please consider donating those items to our "Fill the Closet" Drive. Donations should consist of court-appropriate clothing for men and women, dress shoes, dress socks, belts, and ties. You are encouraged to donate only those items that are in a condition that you would be comfortable handing down to family or friends.

The Akron Bar Association and Goodwill are drop-off locations for this drive. Details for defense counsel on how to shop at Goodwill are forthcoming.
Join the Akron Bar in Vegas!

We know you've read this here before, but Rik Williger says this is the 24th and Absolutely, Positively, Final Las Vegas seminar. We shall see....

Advanced Issues in Workers' Compensation Practice: Items for Your Toolkit
Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2018
The Beacon Center
Las Vegas, NV

10.5 CLE Credit Hours
(Includes 1 hour Professional Conduct Credit)

Click here for further information and to register. See you in Vegas!
Friday, January 19, 2018
"Tomato Session" With Honorable Elinore Marsh Stormer
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Friday, January 26, 2018
8:30 am
3.5 HRGeneral
3.5 HRNLT General

Friday, February 9, 2018
1 CLE Credit Hour

Click on the titles above to register and for more information.

We are so excited to announce that we will be traveling to Arizona this spring to enjoy Cleveland Indians baseball, warm weather, and CLE hours in paradise! Not to mention - hopefully basking in the sunlight of a World Series Championship!

Mark your calendars! The trip will take place March 22-24 and attendees will be staying at the Renaissance Glendale Resort and Spa.
What better place to earn 9 CLE hours?

Stay tuned as you won't want to miss the details we will be announcing soon!
Ohio judge orders settlement talks in opioid suits, says public isn't interested in legal questions

An Ohio federal judge is urging a settlement that goes beyond “moving money around” in over 200 federal lawsuits targeting the opioid epidemic.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of Cleveland ordered lawyers on Tuesday to discuss a settlement that will “dramatically reduce” the number of opioids prescribed and make sure the medication is being used properly. Read more....

Summit County Common Pleas Court Partners with Greenleaf
to Combat Opiate Epidemic

Administrative Judge Amy Corrigall Jones of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas is pleased to announce the court’s collaboration with Greenleaf Family Center to provide assessments for low-risk offenders that want to participate in Intervention in Lieu of Conviction. Read more....
When's Breakfast?

Scramble to the Akron Family Restaurant,
7-8:30 am on the first Wednesday of each month, for Legally Breakfast . Don't go bacon our hearts and miss out!

The  United Way Corporate Derby Challenge™ , presented by Fallsway Equipment Company, is a high-energy event that ignites a team's competitive fire as they collaborate, assemble, decorate, and compete in an entertaining race with their own adult Soap Box Derby car. Corporations, small businesses, groups and community organizations can experience a very unique event that is sure to entertain.

This is the Soap Box Derby’s top fundraiser to support the Derby’s mission to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Visit our website for a more information about this event.
From Steve McGarrity, Community Legal Aid

It’s hard to believe 2018 is already here and that next month, I’ll celebrate my first full year at Legal Aid’s Executive Director. It’s been a fun, scary, crazy, amazing ride these past 11 months, and I’m excited for what’s to come this year.

New projects we’re launching:
This month, Legal Aid is kicking off strategic planning. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill strategic plan; we’re looking at everything, down to our mission, vision, and values, to make sure that we have a strong foundation and goals that will have a high impact for our clients. I look forward to unveiling our new strategy and vision later in the year. Read more....
Here's a Legal Practice Growth Opportunity You Might Have Missed

Did you know that the Akron Bar Association works with Community Legal Aid to provide a
Modest Means Referral Program (MMRP)?

MMRP attorneys agree to charge no more than $60/hour for those who qualify. Cases are prescreened through CLAS.

Click here for more information and the application form. 
Ninth District Court of Appeals Judges Schafer and Teodosio to serve as Presiding and Administrative Judges in 2018

The Ninth District Court of Appeals selected Judge Julie Schafer to serve as Presiding Judge in 2018. The Presiding Judge is responsible for the administration of the Court and the docket of the Ninth District Court of Appeals. Judge Schafer was elected to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in November 2014 after serving
as a Judge on the Akron Municipal Court. Judge Schafer, who was the Court’s Administrative Judge in 2017, takes over for Judge Jennifer Hensal, who served as the Court’s Presiding Judge for 2017.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals selected Judge Thomas Teodosio to serve as Administrative Judge in 2018. The Administrative Judge has responsibility and control over matters of office and business administration for the Ninth District Court of Appeals. Judge Teodosio was elected to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in November 2016.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals hears appeals from trial courts in Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Wayne Counties. The Court also has original jurisdiction to hear applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, procedendo, prohibition and quo warranto.
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.
Job Postings

Director of Offender Services
Summit County Court of Common Pleas - General Division

Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

Use Fastcase Cloud Linking to save time adding publicly accessible links to your cases. With Cloud Linking, you can write a pleading for a court, then automatically create hyperlinks to caselaw citations before submitting it. Or, for a client alert, your firm can write an article with citations in it, automatically create hyperlinks with Cloud Linking, then paste the linked text into an e-mail newsletter or blog post. Learn more about how to access and use it here: .

Are You a New Lawyer Looking for
a Place to Call Home?

The Akron Bar’s Incubator Program is looking for new attorneys to set up offices in our Barberton Incubator. Lawyers in the program are solo practitioners who work with an experienced mentor and ABA leadership to establish practices in Summit County.   Read more...
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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