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

The relationship between the Akron Bar Association and the University of Akron School of Law is unique and indeed synergistic. When we talk with other bar association leaders and staff at various conferences and seminars, we are continually reminded what a special relationship we enjoy. Representing nearly half of our membership, Akron Law alumni are active within our Bar, and our Bar has been very supportive of and involved with activities at the law school. Read more....

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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.

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May-June CLEs

23rd Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar in LAS VEGAS! “It’s Been a Long, Strange Trip”

MAY 19-20, 2017

Join us for the Akron Bar Association’s 23rd and “absolutely final” Workers’ Compensation Seminar in Las Vegas! We’ve made many changes, including moving to a new venue and hosting an opening cocktail reception for attendees and guests. Hope to see you there!


Friday, May 19

Title Insurance Issues Relating to Trusts and Estates
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Thursday, May 25
2 pm
Progressive Field, Cleveland

Hosted by the Akron and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Come for the Seminar - Stay for the Game!

Thursday, June 1
Ceremonial Courtroom
Summit County Court House

Cell Phone Evidence in Support of Criminal Trial Litigation
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted By the Criminal Law Section

Monday, June 5

How & Why Middle Market Businesses Choose Their Legal Counsel
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Business & Corporate Law Section

Tuesday, June 6

Shared Parenting by the Numbers
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Family Law Section

Thursday, June 8
8:30 am - Registration
9 am - Seminar

New Lawyer Training: Building a Profitable Client Base
1 Hour NLT Client Fund Credit
1 Hour NLT Law Office Credit
1 Hour NLT Professionalism

Professional Development: Building a Profitable Client Base
2 Hours General CLE Credit
1 Hour Professional Development Credit

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

Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys with Judge James L. Kimbler (retired)
3 CLE Credit Hours
(Complimentary copies of Judge Kimbler's book will be given to each attendee.)

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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). 

Probate Court Releases New Video
Benefit to Developmentally Disabled and Their Parents

Transitioning to adulthood presents challenges and questions for many parents and their burgeoning adult children.  But parents of developmentally disabled (DD) minors transitioning to adulthood often need extra support as their DD children turn 18. Summit County Probate Court wants to help smooth that transition as much as possible by providing training and online informative videos for those with questions as they make these decisions. Read more....
Security Fatigue and Its Impact on Law Firm Security

People are inherently lazy. After all, why do something today that you can put off until tomorrow? Users hate to do anything that would slow down their access to their computer or data. That means they would much rather just sit at a keyboard and start to surf the Internet instead of entering logon credentials and then entering a second factor. How many times have you been tired of the constant password changes only to resort to using one you know you’ll remember and have previously used? Didn’t feel like creating a new account so passed on that online purchase? You are not alone. Read more....
Law Week 2017 Photo Album

Director of Membership Thomas Petropoulos took some great photos of our Law Week 2017 events. Click to page through our family album....
May Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

Don’t let the tedious process of copying down case citations sidetrack your research project. Instead, use the Copy Citation function in Fastcase to automatically copy and paste the citation of the case you are quoting into the document you are working on. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Use your Akron Bar Association member benefit to access the case that you want to cite. Make sure that you are in the full case text view and not on the results screen.

Step 2: Select Copy Citation from the Document menu.

Step 3: Open the document (or email) that you want to paste the citation into. Put your cursor in the appropriate spot in the document and press Ctrl + V.

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.
In Memoriam

Judge Saundra Jean House Robinson Jackson
April 18, 2017

Judge Robinson was the first black female graduate of the University of Akron law school, the first black female chief prosecutor in Akron, and the first black female judge to serve at the Common Pleas level. She served as a juvenile court judge from 1990-96. Read more....

Akron Bar 2017 Legal Directory Now Available

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.

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