Committee Descriptions

The Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association has many committees in which to get involved. To find out more about these committees, contact the chairperson listed below.

Bankruptcy Committee

The Bankruptcy Committee is a substantive law committee formed to better suit the needs of federal bankruptcy practitioners. The committee works with our Bankruptcy Court and its judges and with the bankruptcy bar to create programming and address concerns unique to this substantive area of law.
Rocco Debitetto, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.

Civics Committee

Our Chapter supports the FBA’s national civics initiative to educate students about the value of the constitutional and legal rights the federal judiciary upholds.  For more information, please follow this link:
Sarah Cleves, Calfee

Community Relations & Public Service Committee

The Community Relations & Public Service Committee will plan and coordinate all member activities with community and civic organizations and events throughout the Northern District of Ohio. One of the goals of the committee is to raise the visibility of the FBA inside and outside the legal community. Chair:
Jennifer Lesny Fleming, Matasar Jacobs 

Continuing Legal Education Committee

The CLE Committee plans the FBA Northern District's CLE programs.  The Ethics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse CLE  is  held every December and the Criminal Law CLE is held every August. Other programs are scheduled based on    interest.  Other CLE programs have included: Federalism, Handling the Media, Complex Civil Litigation, Appellate Practice,  and Brown v. Bd. of Education. In the planning stage are CLE programs on environmental law and advanced federal practice.  
Lori Riga, Federal Public Defender
Brian Ramm, Benesch, Friedlander
New Lawyer Training:
Jennifer Armstrong, McDonald Hopkins LLC.

Criminal Law Committee

The Criminal Law Committee is a substantive law committee formed to better suit the needs of federal criminal law practitioners. The Committee works with out Court, our Federal Defender's office and our U.S. Attorney's office to create programming and to address concerns unique to the federal criminal law practice. 
Chris Grostic, Federal Public Defender's Office

Diversity Committee

It is the goal of our Diversity Committee to promote the diversity of our membership and to work to expand to all groups the opportunities to practice in the Northern District. The Committee works with our Court and with our fellow diverse bar associations to create programming and address concerns of our diverse body of lawyers and judges.
Jackie Johnson, Assistant Federal Public Defender, ND Ohio

Law Clerk Committee

The Law Clerk Committee seeks to engage current and former federal law clerks in order to create and maintain a sense of community and the mutual support that community engenders, and to create programming and address concerns particular to federal law clerks. Membership in this committee is open to any current or former salaried law clerk who served for a United States Judge, Justice or Magistrate.
Jeremy Tor, Spangenberg Law Firm

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee encourages lawyers and law students to join and become active members in the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. To further this objective, the Membership Committee disseminates information regarding the benefits of membership and the positive contributions that the Northern District of Ohio Chapter continues to make on a regular basis to our communities.
Alexandra Dattilo, Brouse McDowell

Newsletter Committee

The Newsletter Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, shall be responsible for the preparation of a Chapter Newsletter to be distributed to the Chapter membership at regular intervals deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors. The Newsletter Committee shall take steps as are necessary to select the content of such newsletter, prepare the newsletter layout, and to arrange for printing and distribution of such newsletter.
Steve Jett, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Nominations and Elections Committee

The Nominations and Elections Committee shall consist of a chairperson, the President-Elect, and at least 3 other members. The Committee shall have charge and control of the nomination and election of officers and directors as provided in Article V, Sections 3 and 4 of the by-laws.
Steven J. Paffilas, U. S. Attorney's Office.

Program Committee

The Program Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, shall plan and conduct informative and entertainment programs consistent with the objectives of the Chapter, as provided in Article II of the by-laws. 
Bruce Wilson, Attorney at Law.

Publicity and Public Relations Committee

The Publicity and Media Relations Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, shall inform the members of the Chapter and public about chapter activities and matters of interest through the preparation and distribution of announcements, press releases, and other such communications channels deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.
Georgia Hatzis, Ulmer & Berne LLP
Barbara PaynterPaynter Communications LLC. - Public Representative to the Board and an experienced public relations professional assists in our Chapter's publicity and public relations efforts.

SOLACE Committee

Our Chapter supports the FBA’s SOLACE program, which provides a way for the FBA legal community to reach out in small, but meaningful and compassionate ways, to FBA members and those related to them in the legal community who experience a death, or some catastrophic event, illness, sickness, injury, or other personal crisis.  For more information, please follow this link:  
Robert Chudakoff, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Younger Lawyers Committee

The Younger Lawyers Committee is comprised of all members of the chapter who are 36 years of age and under or who have been admitted to practice for 3 years or less.  Our committee works hand-in-hand with our local federal judges on projects meaningful to the profession and to the community at large.  For example, it was the Younger Lawyers that worked with Magistrate Judge Hemann to organize the "A Book of Your Own" book drive that collected over 5000 books for Cleveland City School students.  More projects are always in the works, as are events planned to provide our younger members with the opportunity to work with and learn from our federal judiciary.
Marisa Darden, Attorney at U.S. Government and Eleanor Hagan, Squire Patton Boggs

Veterans Committee

Our Chapter is committed to providing programming and resources to meet the needs of those who have served our country as veterans, including those who are lawyers.  Currently, we are actively engaged in the FBA’s Wills for Veterans Initiative.  For more information, please follow this link:  
Steven Newman

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