Your January 2017 News & Updates
President's Letter  

Our Bar Association has a long and committed history to advancing diversity initiatives. A microcosm of our society with regard to diversity, the Akron Bar is indeed diverse in many ways. Read more....

Panelists Needed for Mock Trial Competitions
'Tis the season for Mock Trial. The Mock Trial Committee is seeking 33 panelists to participate in this year's District and Regional competitions.  Read more....

Summit County Republicans Seek Candidates for Vacant Court Seats

With the election of Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judges Lynne S. Callahan and Thomas A. Teodosio to the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Ninth Appellate District, two vacancies have been created on the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division. 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...

The Temperature is Going to Drop 30 Degrees Tonight.
Wouldn't You Rather Be in Florida?

Seriously, wouldn't you rather spend January 26 and 27 at the Singer Island Resort and Spa? Register today!  Click here....

Start 2017 Off With These CLE Programs


Hosted by the Labor & Employment Law Section


CLE in the Sunshine State: Hot Topics in Probate Law & Hot Topics Straight from the Headlines

Click each link above for more information and how to register. Looking forward to having you come learn with us!

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.

Summit County Common Pleas Re-Entry Court 
Judge Tammy O’Brien 
Supreme Court Re-Certification

Every Thursday afternoon a small group of people gather in the chambers of Judge Tammy O’Brien for Re-Entry Court. The people attending this meeting include counselors, lawyers, an Adult Probation Officer, and Judge O’Brien. The group holds team meetings with the goal of helping Judge O’Brien’s Re-Entry Court participants get on the path to a better life. Read more….

Summit County Common Pleas Judges Choose
2017 Presiding & Administrative Judges

The judges of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas have elected the Honorable Amy Corrigall Jones as the Administrative Judge for the General Division, and the Honorable Christine Croce as Presiding Judge. The terms for these positions run January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Click here for the Duty Judge assignments for 2017. 
Ron Cable Appointed Juvenile Court Magistrate

Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has announced that Ron Cable accepted a position as Magistrate with the Court and began his service on January 3, 2017. Read more....

Upcoming Social Events

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Yes, There is Such a Thing as a FREE LUNCH!

The Akron Bar Foundation Gala Committee invites members to create a gift basket for the upcoming 2017 Gala. The person/group that makes the basket that wins the highest bid at the event will win a FREE lunch from The Rail for 10 members of their firm. Deadline for turning in your basket at the Bar office is Monday, January 30, 2017. Take advantage of holiday sales and build your winning basket!
Fastcase Tip-of-the-Month

Your Akron Bar Association FREE Fastcase member benefit includes access to the Interactive Timeline. The Timeline displays at the bottom of your results screen and shows all of your search results on a visual map. It lets you see how results are distributed over time, how relevant each case is to your query, how often each case has been cited generally in the database, and how often it has been cited by other cases in your search results. Mouse over any case on the Timeline to see the case name, citation, most relevant paragraph, and citation analysis for that case. You can read a bit more about it here.

Stow Muni Court Activates eFiling for Civil Documents

The Clerk of Courts for the Stow Municipal Court is pleased to announce that the Court’s eFiling portal is now activated for Civil cases. eFiling for Civil documents was approved by the Court in Local Rule 7 and Guidelines exist and are available on the Court’s website and via request. 

Although Local Rule 7 mandates that attorneys will be required to file Civil cases via the eFiling portal beginning January 1, 2017, there will be a 30-day grace period. The Court’s eFiling portal can be accessed via the Court’s website at:  For questions or assistance, contact the Civil Department at 330-564-4148.

Amended Statewide Rules on Court-Appointed Lawyers 

The Supreme Court of Ohio has amended statewide rules governing court-appointed lawyers and others representing or acting on behalf of people in court and in legal proceedings, effective January 1, 2017. Read more....

Investitures & Retirement Events
In Memoriam

George Basil Vasko (November 12, 1931 - January 7, 2017)

George Vasko obtained his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1960. Shortly thereafter, George moved to Akron, Ohio, where his dream of helping laborers would come to fruition when he was appointed as Assistant General Counsel of the United Rubber Workers. A tenacious and skillful negotiator, he was appointed to General Counsel of the United Rubber Workers in 1967. 

Later on in his legal career, George practiced with Vasko, Howard and Morris, and then Vasko, Roberto and Evans, where he retired from the legal profession.

In 2003, George received the Professionalism Award from the Akron Bar Association for his significant contributions to the legal community and the greater Akron community. Read more....

Dana Furth Castle (January 8, 2017)

Dana Castle attended the University of Akron School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 1973. She was one of only three women in the class. She was offered employment in the School of Law, working until her retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2000. She was revered by her students and respected by her fellow faculty members. She was privileged to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Wolverhampton in England, and she received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003 for her exemplary service to the community and the legal profession. Read more....

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.

Won't you be our neighbor?

The third floor of the Akron Bar Association office at 57 S. Broadway St. will soon be available for lease. Click here for full details....
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