Your November/December 2017 News
from the Akron Bar Association
Meet Our Professionalism Award Winner
Attorney Carmen Roberto

The room was filled with an air of conviviality and goodwill when friends, family, and colleagues gathered at Firestone Country Club on November 14 to honor the Akron Bar Association's 2017 Professionalism Award recipient, Attorney Carmen Roberto.

Prior to that evening, I had the opportunity to spend a pleasant hour interviewing Carmen in his office at Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio . His office walls are covered with photos that reflect not only his many interests, but the many people he has met over the years, particularly while serving as president of the Akron Bar and the Ohio State Bar Association. Each photo has a story that goes with it, and Carmen is, without question, a consummate storyteller.

It is because I recognized that storyteller in him that I have chosen to offer this interview as an audio file, as recorded. This is a bit of an experiment for the Akron Bar, but I hope that we can begin providing more content as podcasts that members will be able to listen to at their leisure.

Click this link to be taken to Soundcloud to hear the interview. Click here to see photos from the Professionalism Dinner.

Janet Griffing-LaBonne
Director, Member Services & Marketing

By now, you’ve probably heard of the duty of technology competence. As  more and more states  adopt it, more and more articles get written about it, and more and more CLEs get presented about it. But the focus of all this is largely on the nature and scope of the duty. One aspect we hear little about is how lawyers can get and remain technologically competent. Read more....
Akron Bar LRIS Celebrates
Lawyer Referral Panelists

Camaraderie among colleagues enriches the soul and builds stronger working relationships, all of which in turn make for a more successful enterprise. There is no substitute for interpersonal communication: a personal introduction, a live voice on the phone, someone you know offering you a new opportunity. 

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee was delighted to host the attorneys who are members of the LRIS panel for a cocktail reception on Monday, November 20, 2017. Delicious hors d’oeuvres by Special Moments Catering, a trio of musicians from the Akron Symphony, and the opportunity for our LRIS panelists to spend a few hours together, all combined to create a wonderful evening. Read more....
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Year-End Continuing Legal Education

Monday, December 11, 2017
3 CLE Credits/3 NLT Credits

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 
3 CLE Credits (meets Professional Conduct requirements)

Friday, December 15, 2017
6 CLE Credits

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
(Includes Professional Conduct requirement)
6 CLE Credits

Thursday, December 21, 2017
2 CLE Credits

Thursday, December 21, 2017
3 CLE Credits

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
3 CLE Credits (meets Professional Conduct requirements)

Thursday, December 28, 2017
3 CLE Credits

Wednesday, December 29, 2017
3 CLE Credits (meets Professional Conduct requirements)

Click on the titles above for more information and to register.  There's still time to enjoy one free hour of CLE or NLT ($35 value) during 2017, compliments of the Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation. Get it before it's gone!
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!
And a Fine Time Was Had by All!
We celebrated the holidays here at the Akron Bar with our annual party on December 5, 2017. This is also the event at which we welcome new admittees to the Bar. Thanks to all who attended, and to staff who did an over-the-top job of decorating the lobby!
Learn About the
Akron Bar
Paralegal Section

The goal of the Paralegal Section is to increase awareness of paralegals as professionals within the legal community. Membership in the paralegal section offers networking opportunities, a forum to discuss issues relevant to our profession, community involvement, and opportunities to earn CLE credits for professional development, which can also be used for the paralegal certification exam offered through the Ohio State Bar Association. Read more....



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Probate Court Collects Holiday Mail for Heroes

Summit County Probate Court collected nearly 650 cards to be distributed to veterans and sent to active duty military and their families this season. The Probate staff joined forces with Barberton Elementary East to sign or create cards to honor the service and sacrifice of the recipients. These cards will be distributed through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. 

This is the fourth year that the staff has kicked off the project with a November luncheon hosted by Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. The true artistry was added by 97 fourth graders and the student council members of Barberton East whose teachers used this season of giving to teach important lessons about honor and service. 

Some of the favorite cards included: 
“We thank you for all you have done. You protect the U.S.A.,” said Blake. 
”Thank you for serving our country,” said Reis.
“You are so brave to fight for us,” said Gabby.

The project has exceeded expectations with a 62% increase in cards going to our veterans this year.  
Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

The Akron Bar Association provides Fastcase’s newest service as a free member benefit to you. Features like type-ahead, interactive timeline, and tag cloud just to name a few! Flip the switch today to experience Fastcase 7. If you need help locating the toggle, view this short video .

Need more help with the new interface? Fastcase 7 is more intuitive and operates more in line with the way you think when you are on the hunt for legal research. Fastcase 7 comes with a guided tour that will automatically launch the first time you use the toggle to access Fastcase 7.
Judge Stormer Receives Margaret Clark Morgan Impact Award

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation honored Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer with the Compass Award during their annual Community Impact Awards ceremony. This award is designated to an individual whose long-term contributions have made an impact in mental health. Judge Stormer was recognized for her efforts providing specialized treatment for offenders and the mentally ill. Read more....
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...
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. 
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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