From the President....

A mere 33 years ago, I was a young associate with Nukes and Perantinides when Sam Nukes did two memorable things. First, he had only recently come back to work after major surgery when one of the new staff members went up to him and inquired as to who he was. Mr. Nukes (he still makes me call him that), walked the employee into the hall and pointed to the firm name on the wall. He then said with a smile, “Do you see the first name? That’s me.” Read more....
News from the Akron Bar LRIS

Speakers Bureau

We're launching a Speakers Bureau made up of attorneys who are ready, willing, and able to go out into the community to talk about a wide variety of legal topics. The Bureau is being promoted to area schools and civic organizations. Topics include Family Law, Real Estate, IP, Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Business Law, Personal Injury, Labor and Employment, as well as Law as a Career, The Law School Experience, The Constitution, and the Importance of Jury Service.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Speakers Bureau, contact LRIS Director Matthew Albright at or 330.436.0117.
LRIS Monthly Update
In Case You Missed It

LRIS recently completed a promotional video which is now available on the Akron Bar website and which can also be shared at public events. Take a look....

Crafting to Escape the Stresses of Practicing Law

What do you like to do to relax and unwind after long hours in court? Maybe you golf, walk the Towpath, listen to music, or practice yoga. Or perhaps you're a crafty lawyer like one of those featured in a recent article from the ABA Journal who knit, sew, or do woodworking.

The Journal article is linked below, but in the meantime, consider sharing with your fellow Akron Bar members the hobbies or activities that help you recharge. If we can get a group of you who would be willing to share examples of your craft/artwork, we will begin displaying items at the Bar for your colleagues to enjoy. If your items are not transportable, consider sharing photos for us to use in the monthly Examiner .

If you are interested in participating, contact Member Services Director Janet Griffing-LaBonne at or 330.436.0105.

ABA article link....
Hospice Patients and Families Need Your Help

The Hospice Subcommittee of the Senior Lawyers Committee is seeking attorneys to provide volunteer legal assistance to Hospice patients and/or their immediate family members on legal issues arising from the terminal illness of such patients. You will be assisting these individuals and families with the completion of the Ohio State Bar Association pre-printed and approved Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care forms at no charge.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Membership Director Thomas Petropoulos at or 330.436.0106.
Don't Forget the "Clothing for Indigent Defendants" Service
The Akron Bar, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, has completed the protocols and procedures for giving defense counsel access to courtroom-suitable clothing for their indigent clients. Click here for the procedure to obtain clothing....

Thanks to all who have been cleaning out their closets and contributing to the "Fill the Closet" Drive! Today (July 20), Goodwill picked up an entire closet full of clothing that had been dropped off at the Bar office by members. Keep up the good work!
July 21
9 am - Noon
Northwest Family Recreation Center

August 17
Noon - 1 pm
1.0 CLE credit hour
FREE  for ABA Members
Hosted by: The Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation

August 24
Noon - 1 pm
Complimentary Luncheon for members of the Judiciary, hosted by the Lawyers Assistance Committee and made possible by a grant from the Akron Bar Foundation

August 24
Noon - 1 pm
1.0 CLE credit hour
FREE to ABA Members
Hosted by: The Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation

September 14
Noon - 1 pm
1.0 CLE credit hour
FREE  for ABA Members
Hosted by: The Law Library Committee of the Akron Bar Foundation

Click on the underlined title above for more information and to register.

Save the Date, Registration Coming Soon!
August 29
Noon – 1 pm
Financial Planning Workshop for Solo/Small Practice Attorneys
Featuring Financial Planner, Brian Marino
Complimentary Box Lunch

September 21
Advanced Topics in Appellate Law
Hosted by: The Common Pleas, Municipal, & Appellate Courts Committee
6.0 CLE anticipated

November 11
Annual Fellows Breakfast
7:30 am
Portage Country Club

December 6
Holiday Celebration at the Bar
5 pm

February 2, 2019
Annual Akron Bar Foundation Gala
Online/Self-Study CLE

The Akron Bar Association, in cooperation with other members of the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium (OMBAC), is pleased to announce a new and improved platform for all of your self-study/online CLE needs. 

If you have not logged into our online CLE catalog since May 1, 2018, then - before you can complete a purchase - you must first reset your password using the email address associated with your old online CLE account.

Courses Completed Prior to 5/1/2018:
Your completion information and certificates of attendance have been transferred over to your new account and can be viewed after you log-in.

However, if you do not see completion information and certificates of attendance for programs you completed prior to May 1, 2018, you should:

  1. Go to
  2.  Log into your Legacy Account using your email address associated with your old OMBAC account.
  3. If you have not logged into the OMBAC site since May 1, 2018, then you need to reset your password using the email address associated with your old OMBAC account.

If you have any trouble logging in or resetting your password - please contact tech support at 877-602-9877.
From the Courts

Summit County Common Pleas Court Welcomes Tank
The Turning Point Program Therapy Dog

Turning Point Program Presiding Judges Joy Malek Oldfield and Christine Croce have a furry new staff member, T ank, the Summit County Turning Point Therapy Dog. Tank, an 18-month old Golden Retriever, will begin serving the court this month. He was procured through Circle Tails, an accredited Assistance Dog International organization, and completed several months of training through the Inmate/Canine Educational Training Program. Read more....
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield with Tank.
Judge Christine Croce with Tank.
Franklin County CATCH Court Staffers Visit Akron Muni Court
Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable recently coordinated a visit from two members of the Franklin County Municipal Court’s CATCH (Changing Actions To Change Habits) Court staff with hopes of bringing a similar program to Akron. CATCH Court is a specialized docket specifically created for adult female victims of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation. Read more....
Hannah Estabrook, Coordinator of CATCH at the Franklin County Municipal Court, educating Akron Municipal Court staff and community partners about the program created for adult female victims of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation.
From Community Legal Aid
Steven McGarrity, Esq.
Executive Director

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

With these words, our founding fathers set a course in history that established a nation built on a foundation of tolerance and acceptance of our fellow men and women - dignity. It’s a sentiment we’ve continuously come back to as something to strive for. And it’s no secret that we’ve had our share of setbacks in striving to achieve it. Read more... .
Member News

Kyle A. Cramer Joins Roderick Linton Belfance LLP

Akron-based Roderick Linton Belfance announces the hiring of associate attorney Kyle A. Cramer. A Mogadore native, Cramer earned his undergraduate, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Akron. He was a member of the SEED Clinic at the law school and also volunteered in the Certification for Qualification of Employment clinics.

Cramer focuses his practice on a wide range of practice areas including Corporate/Business Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, and Estate Planning. Cramer is also a member and volunteer at The Akron Baptist Temple in Kenmore.
Fastcase Tips for July 2018

Fastcase offers free webinars on how to conduct legal research. These webinars are available for CLE credit in many jurisdictions. See the links below to

Ethics and Legal Research on Fastcase 7
Webinar Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Webinar Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

(36  th  and Cleveland Avenue, NW, Canton, OH 44709)
Office and secretarial space available with office sharing arrangements at reasonable rate. Two story building. Willing to make receptionist arrangements. Access to conference room, reception, internet, copier/fax machine, and file room. Desks, chairs, and shelving for files can be included. Separate space available on second floor. Free parking. 

Please send inquiries to
The 2018 Legal Directories are now available for purchase at the Akron Bar office. We are open Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm and Friday 9 am - 4 pm. Member price is $49 per copy; non-member price is $69 per copy.

If you prepaid for your directory, you should have received an email notification from us dated March 14, 2018. If you did not receive an email and believe that you did prepay, please give us a call at 330.253.5007, and we will check our records.
Akron Bar Association
57 South Broadway, Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 253-5007
Fax: (330) 253-2140