Your July/August 2017 News
from the Akron Bar Association
ABA 2017 Annual Meeting -
The Changing of the Guard

It was a warm and humid summer evening on June 22 as Akron Bar Association members and guests gathered at the Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson to reflect on the past year and to welcome the year ahead.


The festivities began with the graduation ceremony for the 2016-2017 Leadership Class, followed by the Foundation Fellows Champagne Reception. Friends and colleagues enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner, and then got down to the business at hand: the swearing in of the 2017-2018 officers and trustees and the approval of changes to the Code of Regulations.


The Honorable Ann Marie O'Brien donned her black robe and swore in President Dave Lewis, President-elect Bill Chris, Secretary Susan Durr, and Treasurer John Martin, as well as incoming trustees Bradley Dunn, Irving Sugerman, and Marietta Pavlidis.

Outgoing President Meg Andreeff Matejkovic was presented with a plaque in recognition of her year of service to the Akron Bar and applauded heartily for her remarks reflecting on the accomplishments of the past year. President Dave Lewis spoke of his ideas for moving the Bar forward and addressing the challenges ahead. 

For more photos from the 2017 Annual Meeting, click here....


Akron Bar Begins Fiscal Year Mortgage Free

A significant gift to the Akron Bar Association from the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation means that the Bar begins the new fiscal year with its mortgage on the Bar's building at 57 South Broadway fully retired. This gift was recognized and celebrated at the June 22 Annual Meeting. 

A Building Task Force authorized by the Bar's board of trustees had previously assessed opportunities and challenges, determining that continuing ownership of the building is a positive for the Bar. The task force did acknowledge the impact of maintaining a mortgage balance, however, at which point the Law Library Committee stepped in. 

Recognizing the significance of this mortgage and believing there would be a connection with its original purpose, the committee proposed to pay off the balance of the mortgage. The savings realized will, among other opportunities, allow the Akron Bar to enhance its Capital Reserve Fund. 

Thanks go to these members of the Law Library Committee:

  • Patricia A. Vance, Co-Chair
  • Hamilton DeSaussure Jr., Co-Chair
  • Angelina C. Gingo
  • Jeffrey N. James
  • Dianne R. Newman
  • Russell Smith
  • John W. Solomon

A commemorative plaque was created as a public "thank you" that will be displayed at the Akron Bar Association office. 

Akron Bar Welcomes New LRIS Director

The Akron Bar Association staff increased by one in July with the hiring of our new LRIS director, Matthew Albright. Matthew, a native of Minerva, obtained his  Post Degree Professional Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Cuyahoga Community College, with previous study in philosophy, history, and theology. He also holds a master's degree in theology. 

"My goal for LRIS is to increase public awareness of our services and to communicate the value of LRIS to member attorneys so that they will want to participate."

When not at work, Matthew enjoys bicycling and model trains. Please join us in welcoming Matthew to the Akron Bar staff!

Ohio State Bar Association Futures Commission Report Draft Considers Challenges for Delivery of Legal Services in Ohio 

Amid a time of great social, economic, and cultural change, the Futures Commission of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) was charged with looking ahead at a number of challenges surrounding the delivery of legal services in Ohio and to offer recommendations for how best to meet those challenges. The Commission considered the unprecedented burdens faced by new lawyers; the need for acquisition of knowledge and the skills necessary to develop and carry on a successful practice; the lack of regulation for new legal service delivery options; and the widening access to justice gap. The draft report includes proposals for long-term solutions and first action steps that were researched and developed by the 29-member Commission, and greatly informed by the input of OSBA members from around Ohio who participated in town hall style meetings held in each of the 18 OSBA districts over the course of six months, as well as with the OSBA’s 2017 Leadership Academy class of new lawyers. 

To read the full report, click here. The report is in comment phase; instructions for submitting comments are contained in the document. 

You may also wish to read the article which picked up on the OSBA report section regarding law student debt and the lack of available jobs. Click here for that article....

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. 

Summit County Common Pleas Court
Selected for Supreme Court Pilot Mediation Program

Judge Amy Corrigall Jones, Administrative Judge of the Summit County Common Pleas Court General Division is pleased to announce the Court has been selected by the Ohio Supreme Court as one of only 12 such courts in Ohio to participate in a program aimed at determining if mediation is a fitting resolution for certain civil stalking cases. Read more....

Thursday, August 10
Summit County Juvenile Court

Parent Communication: How to Eliminate "He Said/She Said," Improve Communication & Keep Parent Accountable in Moderate & High Conflict Cases

1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted By the Juvenile Court Committee

Friday, August 25
Ceremonial Courtroom - Domestic Relations Court

Wellness & Self-Care for Judges & Magistrates

1.25 CLE Credit Hours
Hosted by the Lawyers Assistance Committee

Click on the CLE title above to register

In 2017, every member of the Akron Bar Association is eligible to receive
ONE HOUR OF FREE CLE (up to $35.00 value) compliments of the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation (one time use only). 

Guest Column

Community Legal Aid -  Steven McGarrity, Esq., Executive Director

Reflecting on freedom this Independence Day  

Everyone loves the 4th of July. And what’s not to love? Cookouts, parades, time with family and friends, and the pride that swells in our hearts as Americans for love of our nation.   But each year, I can’t help but reflect on another aspect of the holiday - that is, the deeper meaning of independence in our country.   What does it mean to be truly free? Sure, there’s freedom of religion and speech, freedom to make our own decisions for our lives. But what about financial independence? What about freedom from violent abusers, stalkers, or harassing collectors?   Read more....   
In Memoriam

Marilyn (McCann) Andreeff
July 22, 2017

Marilyn (McCann) Andreeff was the widow of Akron Bar Association past president Nickolas Andreeff, mother of past president Margaret Andreeff Matejkovic, and mother-in-law of current Akron Bar treasurer John Martin. She is also survived by daughters Karen Martin and Laura Ephlin. Read more....

Summit DD, Summit County Probate Court and Akron Art Museum team up to present " Look Beyond: An Art Show for All Abilities"

This unique art show will feature over 60 pieces of art in all sizes and mediums created by artists
with developmental disabilities. Through this partnership, over 25 artists with disabilities in Summit
County will have their works on display at the Akron Art Museum.

“We are excited to be part of this show,” Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh

Stormer expressed. “This is art, and the artists, as all artists, have their own unique view of the

world. So, the works should appeal to a variety of tastes and sensibilities. We are thrilled for the

opportunity to show the public at the Akron Art Museum and the Summit County Court House.”

Read more....

July Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

Having a hard time figuring out what terms to use when researching an unfamiliar topic? With the new Tag Cloud on Fastcase 7, Fastcase can help identify those important terms for you! Whenever you run a search on Fastcase 7, the Tag Cloud appears in the bottom left corner, showing you at a glance what other words and phrases you might want to include in your search. The larger the phrase, the more frequently it is mentioned in your search results. Select any word or phrase in the Tag Cloud, and your results will only include those cases that contain that phrase. Right-clicking the word will let you exclude all cases that mention it. Search results can now be significantly narrowed down with one click of a button!   

Job Openings

Judicial Law Clerk
Ninth District Court of Appeals

The Ninth District Court of Appeals is accepting applications for a judicial law clerk. The term will begin in mid-August. The starting salary is $77,000 and the position includes benefits. Interested applicants can find additional information and instructions on how to apply on the Ninth District Court of Appeals website at

Assistant United States Attorneys

United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio
Cleveland Office

Representing the United States in the wide variety of criminal and civil matters to which we are a party is important and rewarding work that most of our lawyers view as the best job of their careers. Our office is committed to the principles of excellence and to an appropriately diverse workforce. ‪ 

The vacancy announcement is posted on the following websites.


Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS:


Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies



All of the information regarding the required qualifications for applicants, our electronic application process, and a description of the position for which we are hiring can be found in the vacancy announcement. 


If you have any questions about our office and the nature of our criminal litigation, please feel free to contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Darden at

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
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.
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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