Brown Bag Luncheon History


The Northern District of Ohio Chapter's "Brown Bag Luncheon" Series    

Beginning in 1998, the Northern District of Ohio Chapter began what has become one of its most well-received continuing programs -- the "Brown Bag Luncheon" series.  The Chapter's "Brown Bag Luncheons" provide an opportunity for our members to meet, have lunch with, and ask questions of the members of our local federal judiciary in an informal setting.  The programs are offered as an added benefit to our Chapter members (including member discounts on the modest registration fee and/or free registration to new members), although registration is generally open to all through announcements distributed by the Chapter via e-mail to our members, notices on the Chapter and FBA websites, and postings placed on the Northern District of Ohio district court and bankruptcy court websites.

The format of the "Brown Bag Luncheons" is simple, and has remained the same throughout the series' history.  Each program, usually held in the courtroom of the featured judge, begins with a boxed lunch provided to the attendees as part of their registration (thus, the "Brown Bag" part may be a bit of a misnomer).  While seated at the counsel tables, in the jury box, and throughout the courtroom gallery seating, the registrants and the judge have an opportunity to meet and talk with one another before the presentation element of the program begins.  After a brief introduction by a Chapter member, the floor is then turned over to the judge to share thoughts, offer insights, recount significant career milestones and events, or to otherwise present whatever he or she wishes to say to the gathered audience.  Often, the audience is treated to a few war stories as well.  The program closes with what many consider the most valuable part, a question and answer session between    the judge and the attendees.  It is during these sessions that we federal practitioners get to know a little more about our judges and their concerns, and in turn, the judges get to learn a little more about us and what is on our minds.  In addition to being educational the programs arefun too, as attested to by both our local bench and bar.

Since the initiation of the "Brown Bag Luncheon" program series, it has been the Chapter's goal to offer three or four such programs per year.  Some of the Chapter's past "Brown Bag Luncheon" program speakers have been:

2017
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (March 13, 2017)

2016
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan D. Greenberg (December 1,2016)
Peter Elliott, United States Marshal Northern District of Ohio (June 1, 2016)
U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Parker (May 13, 2016)
Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley and Special Master David Cohen (April 14, 2016)

2015
Judge Patricia A. Gaughan, United State District Court, Northern District of Ohio (December 3, 2015)

2014
Magistrate Judge William H. Baughman, Jr. United State District Court, Northern District of Ohio (April 22, 2014)

2013
Immigration Judge Alison Brown, Victoria Christian ICE Deputy Chief Counsel, Detroit Office of Chief Counsel, Farhad Sethna and Scott Bratton (February 27, 2013)
Magistrate Judge Kathleen Burke, United State District Court, Northern District of Ohio (June 5, 2013)
Judge Jack Zouhary, United State District Court, Toledo, Ohio (October 16, 2013)

2012:
Magistrate Judge Greg White, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (January 25, 2012)
Judge Benita Y. Pearson, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (March 28, 2012) 
Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp, II and the Hon. Jeffrey Helmick (August, 06, 2012)
Chief Judge Alice M. Batchelder (October 04, 2012)

2011: 
Kendra Kleber, Administrative Law Judge and Hearing Office Chief for Social Security Administration (June 14, 2011)

2010:
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio (February 5, 2010)
Judge Deborah L. Cook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge Sara Lioi, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (June 21, 2010)
Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (July 15, 2010)
Federal Public Defender Dennis Terez (October 28, 2010)


2009:
Judge Patricia Gaughan, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (April 22, 2009)
Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (July 30, 2009)
Judge Dan A. Polster, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (November 5, 2009)


2008:
Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (February 5, 2008)
Judge Kathleen McDonald O'Malley, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (July 2, 2008)
Judge Karen Nelson Moore, United States Circuit Judge, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (October 7, 2008)
Judge Sara Lioi, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (December 19, 2008)


2007:
Judge Dan Aaron Polster, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (February 14, 2007)
Judge Kenneth S. McHargh, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (April 5, 2007)
Judge Jack Zouhary, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (June 4, 2007)
Judge David D. Dowd, United States Senior District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (August 27, 2007)
Judge Peter C. Economous, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (December 3, 2007)


2006:
Judge Christopher A. Boyko, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (July 27, 2006)


2005:
Judge Dan Aaron Polster, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (February 10, 2005)
Judge James Gwin, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (May 5, 2005, joined by Judge John Adams, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio)


2001:
Judge Dan Aaron Polster, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (March 9, 2001)
Judge Lesley Brooks Wells, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (June 5, 2001)
Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (originally scheduled for September 11, 2001, later moved to October 30, 2001)


2000:

Federal Law Clerks of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (August 22, 2000)


1998
:
Judge Dan Aaron Polster, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio (December 11, 1998)
















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