From the President

It has been an interesting month since the last President’s message. The membership is working hard volunteering their time interviewing judicial candidates and planning for upcoming events like the October 3 CLE with Justice Kennedy (free to members), followed by a recognition ceremony honoring Buck Gearinger and his family for their donation to the Akron Bar Foundation. Let’s do our best for a solid turnout to honor Buck and thank the Gearinger family. Other events include a series of great CLE seminars, the Bocce Tournament on September 26, and the 2018 Bradford M. Gearinger Professionalism Award Dinner. Read more....
Developments in Internet Legal Services

Matthew J. Albright
Akron Bar LRIS Director

Citing nine individual rules within the Rules of Professional Conduct and Gov.Bar R. XVI, the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio issued Advisory Opinion 2016-3 Lawyer Participation in Referral Services on June 3, 2016. 
The Board concluded that:

A lawyer’s participation in an online, non-lawyer-owned legal referral service, where the lawyer is required to pay a “marketing fee” to a non-lawyer for each service completed for a client, is unethical. A lawyer must ensure that the lawyer referral service does not interfere with the lawyer’s independent professional judgment under Prof.Cond.R. 5.4. A lawyer is responsible for the conduct of the non-lawyers of the service (Prof.Cond.R. 5.3), as well as the advertising and marketing provided by the service on the lawyer’s behalf. Prof.Cond.R. 7.1, 7.2, 7.3. Additionally, a fee structure that is tied specifically to individual client representations that a lawyer completes or to the percentage of a fee is not permissible, unless the lawyer referral service is registered with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prof.Cond.R. 1.5, Gov.Bar R. XVI.  

Save the Date!
Bocce with the Bar
September 26, 2018

Registration coming soon!
Here's a Question for You....

As work begins on the 2019 legal directory, we're asking Akron Bar members to share their thoughts on a couple aspects of the publication. Click here to access an online survey form to let us know what you think. Thanks in advance for your time!
Proposed State Issue 1 Worries Ohio Chief Justice; Will Reduce Prison Costs Says Supporter

The only statewide issue on the November 6 ballot in Ohio is State Issue 1 which proposes a Constitutional amendment t hat w ould require low-level drug offenders be charged with misdemeanors, not felonies. The topic came up at September's meeting of the Common Pleas, Municipal, and Appellate Courts committee where concern about the possible impact on local drug courts was evident.

If you are not aware of the details of State Issue 1, here's an opportunity to read up:

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

September 20
Noon - 1 pm
Seminar followed by a Grecian Luncheon
1.0 CLE credit hour
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law Section

September 21
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
6.0 CLE credit hours
Lunch included
Hosted by: The Common Pleas, Municipal, & Appellate Courts Committee

September 25
9:15 am - 1:30 pm
Hosted by: Walsh University, The Gary and Linda Byers Institute for Community Health, the James B. Renacci Forum for Civic Engagement & Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Walsh University, North Canton
3.5 CLE credit hours

September 28
9 am - 3:45 pm
5.75 CLE anticipated
Hosted by: The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

October 2
Noon - 1 pm
1 CLE credit hour
Hosted by the Family Law Section

October 3
3 pm - 5 pm
2.0 Professional Conduct hours
FREE for ABA Members
Hosted by: The Bradford M. “Buck” Gearinger Fund of the Akron Bar Foundation

October 3
Noon - 1 pm
1.0 CLE credit hour
Hosted by the Real Property & Environmental Law Section

7:30 am
Portage Country Club

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

Save the Date, Registration Coming Soon!

October 10
Are you Certifiable? Exploring Women Owned Business Certification
Seminar 4 pm-5 pm with Social Hour with beverages and appetizers to follow
1.0 CLE pending

October 11
Transgender & Sexual Orientation Case Law Update
Hosted by: Labor & Employment Section
1.0 CLE anticipated
October 12
Professional Conduct Seminar
Hosted by: Solo & Small Practice Section
1.0 CLE anticipated

October 19
Dying in the Digital Age: Facebook, Email & Smartphones in the Afterlife
Hosted by: Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Section
1.0 CLE approved

October 23
Case Law Update from NOSSCR
Hosted by: Disability Law Section
1.0 CLE anticipated

November 12
The Annual Bernard I. Rosen Domestic Relations Institute
Hosted by: The Family Law Section
6.0 CLE anticipated

November 12
The Annual Dean Carro Criminal Law Update
Hosted by: The Criminal Law Section
3.0 CLE anticipated
November 29
8:30am – 11:45am
Fluff Is for Pillows, Not Legal Writing featuring “CLE Performer” Stuart I. Teicher
3.0 CLE approved

November 29
1pm – 3:45pm
The Cyborgs are Coming! The Cyborgs are Coming! Ethical Concerns with the Latest Technology Disruptions
featuring “CLE Performer” Stuart I. Teicher
2.5 Professional Conduct CLE hours approved
FREE Professional Conduct CLE for members!
Hosted by: The Bradford M. “Buck” Gearinger Fund of the Akron Bar Foundation

December 6 & 7
New Lawyer Training
12 Hours NLT Anticipated

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.
In Memoriam

Stanley Burt Schneiderman
July 17, 2018

Stan graduated from Kent State University and obtained his JD as president of his law class at The  Ohio State University . He served for two years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a personal injury attorney for more than 50 years, was active in the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and served on the executive committees of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Associations. Read more....
Akron-Canton Barristers “Barristers Ball”
Celebrating 70 years of Legal Excellence
in the Akron/Canton Community
September 22, 2018
Fairlawn Country Club | 200 N. Wheaton Rd. | Akron, OH 

Job Openings

Summit County Adult Probation Department
From Community Legal Aid

Save the Date!

Legal Aid's Second Annual Pancakes for Pro Bono
Wednesday, Oct. 3
8:00-10:00 am at Akron Bar Association

Free breakfast to thank our volunteer attorneys and those interested in learning more about volunteering.

Come "get served" by special celebrity guests...local judges!
Come for the pancakes, stay for the conversation! This year, we'll also be participating in Akron Community Foundation's On the Table community conversations. Tables at the event will have comment cards and prompting questions to spark discussion about ways we can work together to bridge the justice gap. Participation in these discussions is optional.

Special thanks to our friends at the Akron Bar Association for hosting this event this year!
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!
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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.
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