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

For the last ten+ years, the home of our Bar Association has been located at 57 South Broadway in downtown Akron. Filled with character and history, this innovative building was the result of the work of many interested, dedicated members.

During our ownership, we have faced the opportunities and challenges typically associated with old, historic buildings. To better meet those challenges, part of our strategic plan over the past two years authorized the board to create a Building Task Force to assess the current status of such opportunities and challenges.  Led by Marc Merklin and Brian Moore, the Building Task Force concluded that continuing ownership of the Bar building is a positive for our Bar. This task force, however, acknowledged the significant financial impact of maintaining a mortgage balance. Read more....

There's Still Time to RSVP for This Year's Annual Meeting!
Click on the invitation above to register online....

The Code of Regulations of the Akron Bar Association requires the publication of biographical information about officer and trustee nominees prior to the annual meeting. Click here to read background information for all nominees.

Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys

Friday, June 16
8 am - Registration
8:30 am - Seminar

This three-hour CLE features Judge James L. Kimbler, retired judge of the Medina County Common Pleas Court, sharing tips for trial attorneys. Judge Kimbler has been a trial judge for over 20 years. During that time, he has conducted over 550 jury trials and hundreds, if not thousands, of non-jury trials. He has brought this experience to life in his book, Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys: A Conversation with Judge James L. Kimbler (Retired). Judge Kimbler has developed continuing legal education seminars based on his book. Come hear the kind of practical advice only an experienced trial judge can give.

Each seminar attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Judge Kimbler’s book and an outline of his presentation. A luncheon and networking reception follows the seminar.

Click to register....

You Are Cordially Invited to the
Become Part of the Team at the Akron Bar: 
Director, Lawyer Referral & Information Service Position Now Open

The Akron Bar Association is seeking a Director to manage its lawyer referral service connecting potential clients to attorneys who can fill their legal needs.

The Director, Lawyer Referral and Information Service administers the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, maintains the LRIS database, develops professional working relationships with LRIS attorneys and clients, and increases the LRIS base of participating attorneys and clients through advertising and other efforts. Read more....

Join us in welcoming our new neighbors! 

The law firm of Scanlon & Elliott, an Akron fixture for more than 30 years, has relocated to the third floor of our historic Akron Bar Association Building. Entrance is from the parking lot on the north side. 

Scanlon & Elliott, a personal injury firm with Attorneys Lawrence Scanlon and Michael Elliott, practice mainly in the areas of plaintiff personal injury with a focus on medical malpractice, product liability, serious or catastrophic accidents involving heavy trucks, railway crossings, or airplanes, nursing home abuse, negligence and neglect, employment, and investor /securities malpractice. The firm’s telephone number has remained the same (330) 376-1440.

Friday, June 30
8 am - Registration
8:30 am - Seminar

Advanced Issues in Probate Law
3 CLE Credit Hours
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Come for the seminar & stay for the Chicken Roast immediately following, prepared by our own Chef Larry Poulos & funded by Goodwill.

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). 

23rd Absolutely Positively Final Las Vegas Seminar
Finishes With A Full House!

This marked the Twenty-Third Annual, and Absolutely, Positively Final Workers’ Compensation Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As in the past, this gathering offered a tremendous opportunity to hear top-shelf speakers in a less formal setting, which fosters a more free exchange of information that crosses the traditional plaintiff-defense barriers. Read more....
10 Common Assistive Animal Questions:
No Excuses for Misunderstanding Assistive Animals in Rental Housing

Akron Bar member Attorney Theresa Morelli answers questions about the rules landlords must follow when working with tenants requiring assistive animals. Read more....
June Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

Your Akron Bar Fastcase member benefit includes access to the Interactive Timeline. The Timeline displays at the bottom of your results screen and shows all of your search results on a visual map. It lets you see how results are distributed over time, how relevant each case is to your query, how often each case has been cited generally in the database, and how often it has been cited by other cases in your search results. Mouse over any case on the Timeline to see the case name, citation, most relevant paragraph, and citation analysis for that case. You can read a bit more about it here. 

Governor Fills Two Summit County Court Vacancies

Gov. John R. Kasich filled two vacancies on Summit County courts on June 2.

Jason T. Wells will begin serving as a judge on the Summit County Common Pleas Court on June 27, while Todd M. McKenney will begin serving as a judge on the Barberton Municipal Court on June 19. Read more....

­Ohio Revised Code Update

Effective April 6, 2017, Sub. House Bill No. 432 amended the Ohio Revised Code in ways that may affect the way Ohio estate planning and probate attorneys counsel clients. Read more....
Job Openings

Paralegal: Contracts and Compliance
FedEx Custom Critical
Uniontown, OH

Assist company lawyers in all stages of corporate transactions, regulatory matters, and litigation management, as directed from time to time. Such assistance shall include the preparation of commercial contracts as well as documents, filings and written responses necessary to comply with federal, state and local regulations in the conduct of business activities, all under the supervision and direction of licensed company attorneys. Read more....

Municipal Prosecutor
City of Akron Department of Law

The City of Akron is accepting applications for a Municipal Prosecutor. Applicants should excel in courtroom skills, legal research and writing, communication (both written and verbal), problem-solving, and organization. All applicants must be in good standing and currently licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio.

Interested individuals should submit a resume, a writing sample, and professional references via email to the Law Director, Eve V. Belfance, via her Executive Assistant, Elaine M. Stoeberman, at

Submissions may also be made via U.S. Mail to:

City of Akron Department of Law
Eve V. Belfance, Director of Law
161 South High Street, Suite 202
Akron, Ohio 44308

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.
We Still Have Copies of This Year's Legal Directory

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

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.

Akron Bar Association
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Phone: (330) 253-5007
Fax: (330) 253-2140