From the President

Recently, I had a conversation with a Bar member who suggested that the Akron Bar, and others bar associations, did not do anything for larger firms. Being the disagreeable person my family suggests that I am, I disagreed and explained why. While I have said this before, it deserves mention again that the greatest function of the Akron Bar Association is to be a conduit.  Read more....
Meet Bob Brown
2018 Bradford M. "Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award Recipient

There are two things you should know about Bob Brown that aren’t immediately evident when you first meet him. Beneath that Columbo-like trench coat and tan ball cap is a guy who’s attended the Sturgis (SD) Motorcycle Rally 11 times and who –despite being a tad south of age 80 – works out at his Merriman Valley gym three or four times a week. Those two things, plus doing the legal work he loves are what keep Bob young in heart and mind.  Read more....
Join us for breakfast!
December 5, 2018
It's December!
Time to Get Those CLE Credits for 2018
Anytime. Anywhere.
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.
Save 25% on all self-study CLE. 
Enter coupon code WINTER18 at checkout.
Sale runs from 12/3/18-12/14/18,
view purchases anytime until 12/31/18.   

Click here to access the self-study site.
Professionalism Award 2018 Photo Album

A room full of friends and colleagues of Attorney Bob Brown gathered on the evening of November 28, 2018 at Fairlawn Country Club to honor him as this year's recipient of the Akron Bar's Professionalism Award. The award, renamed this year as the "Bradford M. 'Buck" Gearinger Professionalism Award" after the late attorney, past Bar president and award recipient, is given to a Bar member who exemplifies the definition of professional conduct.

Click here to view an album of photos taken at the event....
CLE 2018 Wrap-Up

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

6.0 NLT hours requested (including 1 office management NLT, 1 client financial management NLT & 1 professionalism NLT)
6.0 general CLE requested (including 3 professional conduct hours)

6.0 general NLT hours requested 
6.0 general CLE requested

1.0 general CLE pending

My Client is About to Receive a Substantial Financial Award, Now What?  
1.0 general CLE requested
(Save the Date! Registration Coming Soon!)

2.0 general CLE requested
1 hour general NLT approved
1 hour general CLE approved

6.0 hours of CLE (including 1 hour of professional conduct) approved 

6.0 CLE approved

6.0 general CLE (w/ 2.5 professional conduct hours) approved

3.0 professional conduct hours pending

3.0 general CLE pending

3.0 general CLE approved

1.0 general CLE pending

3.0 general CLE pending

2 professional conduct CLEs pending

(co-sponsored w/ the OSBA)

3.0 general CLE pending
Limited Scope Representation: Benefits for You and Your Client

Imagine this scenario: a potential client is referred to you by the Bar Association or finds you through an internet search and comes to your office seeking a divorce after enduring years of abuse. She is nervous and is uncertain about where to begin. After meeting with her for an initial consultation, you determine that it would make sense for you to represent her. You explain to her the process for filing and begin to go over your firm’s fee structure. Everything is going smoothly until she realizes that she cannot afford the retainer. You cannot negotiate because you need to support your family and keep the practice afloat and earning legal fees is your only income. It would take her a year to save up $2,500. So, you both are disappointed and the meeting ends awkwardly with no option for moving forward. Read more....
LRIS Speakers Bureau

Members of the LRIS Speakers Bureau will be presenting a series of three programs on legal topics at the Northwest Akron Branch Library in December through February.

So I received a referral for a potential client: now what?

“Tips for Turning Potential Clients into Success Stories”

As a lawyer, you receive leads and referrals for potential clients on a daily basis from colleagues, clients, and the Bar Association. The referring person or organization trusts that you will be the right lawyer to help the person. So, when you get the call or e-mail with a referral, what do you do next? Here are some helpful tips. Read more....
Member News

The law firm of Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd. is excited to announce that partner Laurie G. Steiner has been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list. The law firm has locations in Mayfield Heights, Independence, Westlake and Mentor.
From the Courts

Akron Municipal Court
Amendments to the Local Rules for the Akron Municipal Court
(Akron, Ohio, November 26, 2018) The Akron Municipal Court hereby issues public notice that the Court proposes amendments to the Local Rules of Court. The proposed rules are available at A copy of the journal entry for this amendment will be available on Friday, December 28, 2018 and will read as follows:

The Judges of the Akron Municipal Court hereby adopt the amendments for the attached Local Rules of Court effective the 28th day of December, 2018.

Summit County Court of Common PLeas
Seeking Candidate for Appointment to the Veterans Service Commission as Representative of the American Legion
The Court of Common Pleas – General Division is accepting letters of interest for appointment to the Veterans Service Commission as representative of the American Legion to serve a five-year term commencing January 15, 2019 and ending January 14, 2024. Candidates should send a letter of interest along with their qualifications to the Court Executive Office, Summit County Courthouse, 209 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308 no later than December 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. 
From Community Legal Aid

From impoverished to empowered: The value of our vision

By Steven McGarrity
Executive Director
Community Legal Aid Services

Poor. Poverty-stricken. Needy. Indigent. Economically insecure. Low-income. Destitute. Working class.

There are many ways to describe those in our communities who are suffering and struggling. And as a non-profit law firm, we’ve used them all.

Our language and the words we choose change depending on our hoped outcome - from trying cases in the courtroom, to applying for grant applications, to speaking with our volunteers, to engaging with the media.

But what each of these words and phrases does is focus solely on the financial aspects of poverty. And beyond that, they subconsciously lay blame on the people suffering in these conditions. Like it’s their fault. Like they just need to work a little harder, or try a little more.

Member Benefits from the Akron Bar:
NPP - National Purchasing Partners

Make tax season easy with a limited time offer for Akron Bar Association members who enroll with NPP.

Visit to join NPP for free, then register for the ADP discount. Your ADP contact will give you the details about 25% OFF and your first three months free* on select HR and payroll solutions.

NPP has a diverse catalog of business offers, as well as lifestyle deals you can share with your employees.

Enroll with NPP. Membership is free and there is no obligation to purchase.

*Limited time offer. Expires 12/31/18. Restrictions may apply.

Office space available in prime Fairlawn location. Opportunity to join a turn-key office suite with other attorneys, or, lease a single office or an entire suite. Close to highways, restaurants and adjacent to a beautiful park. Ample, free parking. If interested please email or call Jody at 330-867-1405 for more information or to schedule a time to view the offices. 
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! We're almost ready to send another van full of clothing to Goodwill. Please donate today!
Akron Bar Association
57 South Broadway, Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 253-5007
Fax: (330) 253-2140