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  • 14 Jan 2018 1:57 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)




    The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Plan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sets forth provisions for furnishing representation in federal court for any person financially unable to obtain representation in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C.  3006A. Pursuant to Section X(A)(1)-(2) of the CJA Plan, “[t]he existing, previously established panel of attorneys who are eligible and willing to be appointed to provide representation under the CJA is hereby recognized; and [t]he court will approve attorneys for membership on the CJA Panel after receiving recommendations from the CJA Committee.

    Pursuant to Section X(A)(3)(a)-(e) of the CJA Plan, to be considered for appointment to the CJA Panel:

    “Applicants ... must be members in good standing of the federal bar of this district and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; … must maintain a primary, satellite, or shared office in this district; ... must possess strong litigation skills and demonstrate proficiency with the federal sentencing guidelines, federal sentencing procedures, the Bail Reform Act, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence; … must have significant experience representing persons charged with serious criminal offenses and demonstrate a commitment to the defense of people who lack the financial means to hire an attorney; and [a]ttorneys who do not possess the experience set forth above but believe they have equivalent other experience are encouraged to apply and set forth in writing the details of that experience for the CJA Committee’s consideration.”

    Effective January 1, 2006, all attorneys are required to file electronically pursuant to modifications to Local Civil Rule 5.1(c) and Local Criminal Rule 49.2(c) and pursuant to its Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures Manual.

    Attorneys wishing to be considered for membership on a CJA Panel who meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application no later than March 31, 2018 to:

    Clerk of Court
    ATTN: CJA Panel Application
    Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House
    801 West Superior Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1830

    Applications for membership on the Criminal Justice Act Panel may be obtained at the Intake Counter of the Clerks Offices located in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo and through the Court’s website  
    Completed applications may be returned by mail or email.

  • 29 Nov 2017 11:55 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Click here to read the Winter 2017 INTER ALIA Newsletter.

  • 16 Oct 2017 9:52 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    In the wake of recent natural, and in some cases very unnatural, disasters, please keep in mind that the FBA is there to help.  Our SOLACE program 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.  SOLACE is open to all FBA members and those related to them within the legal community— judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries and their families—not just lawyers. If you would like to submit a SOLACE request for help, please click here and submit the request electronically, or feel free to contact our FBA Chapter SOLACE Liaison, Rob Chudakoff, at  Additional information about SOLACE can be found on the FBA website at  

  • 16 Oct 2017 9:49 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    To All,

    As the new President of the FBA’s Northern District of Ohio Chapter, I have big shoes to fill.

    In September 2016, our Chapter hosted the FBA’s national convention.  Hundreds of Judges and federal practitioners from around the country spent five days in Cleveland at five days of programs, meetings, and social events that were universally acclaimed as among the best the FBA has offered—at least since the last time our Chapter hosted the FBA national convention back in the year 2000. 

    At the FBA’s most recent national convention in September, our Chapter received the Presidential Excellence Award.  This award recognizes the superior job our Chapter did in the past year meeting and exceeding the standards and goals the FBA sets for its Chapters around the country.

    It is difficult to see how to top these nationally noteworthy successes achieved in consecutive years.  But we are fortunate to have an active Chapter that enjoys the strong support of the federal bench and counts as its members the leading practitioners in all areas of practice in the Northern District. 

    We are also fortunate that one of our own members, Kip Bollin, a past President of our Chapter, is now the President of the FBA nationally.  In many respects, the fact that the FBA’s national Presidents hails from our Chapter speaks to the strength of our Chapter and the leadership it provides to the organization across the country. 

    With the energy, ideas, and work of our members, and the support of our federal judicial officers, our Chapter will continue to lead the FBA as an organization and set the standard for achieving the FBA’s mission of strengthening the administration of justice in the federal legal system—even without hosting another national convention. 

    While we as a Chapter can take pride in our accomplishments, we should not rest on our laurels.  I encourage all our members to redouble their efforts on behalf of our Chapter.  And I invite federal practitioners in the Northern District who are not members to join and take an active role in advancing the interests of federal practitioners and the administration of justice in the federal legal system.


    Phil Calabrese

  • 18 Sep 2017 6:28 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Federal Bar Association Chapter Sponsors Seminars and

    Annual State of the Court Luncheon

    The Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will hold its twelfth annual “State of the Court” luncheon at 12 noon Monday, Oct. 2, at the Silver Grille, Tenth Floor of the Higbee Building (200 W. Prospect Ave.), in downtown Cleveland. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.

    The Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Russ Kendig, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, will report on matters of interest to attorneys who practice before the federal courts. Cost to attend the luncheon is $55 for individuals and $35 for government employees.

    Immediately preceding the luncheon, the Chapter will sponsor two seminars:

    Read more click here.

  • 19 Aug 2017 9:47 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    The 2017 FBA Award Winners have all been decided.

    Chapter Activity Awards

    Two levels of recognition are awarded in the Chapter Activity Awards: Presidential Achievement and Presidential Excellence. All chapters achieving the objective criteria set by the Awards Committee receive the Presidential Achievement Award. Those chapters that have done a superior job in exceeding the objective criteria receive the Presidential Excellence Award. In addition, chapters are eligible for Presidential Citation Awards. A Presidential Citation is given to recognize the exceptional efforts or results on a given activity, event, or project. 

    Presidential Excellence Awards

    • Chicago Chapter
    • Eastern District of New York Chapter
    • Idaho Chapter
    • Oregon Chapter
    • D.C. Chapter
    • Los Angeles Chapter
    • Massachusetts Chapter
    • New Orleans Chapter
    • Northern District of Ohio Chapter
    • Oklahoma City Chapter
    • Sacramento Chapter
    • San Antonio Chapter
    • Southern District of New York Chapter
    • Tampa Bay Chapter
    Presidential Achievement Awards
    • Broward County Chapter
    • Central District of Illinois Chapter
    • Dallas Chapter
    • Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
    • Hampton Roads Chapter
    • Inland Empire Chapter
    • Memphis Mid-South Chapter
    • Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Puerto Rico Chapter
    • Utah Chapter

    To view all the Award Winners click  here..  

  • 31 Jul 2017 4:56 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Please click here to see the 2017-2018 Election Notice for the FBA-NDOC.

  • 13 Jul 2017 7:31 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Click here to read the Summer 2017 INTER ALIA Newsletter.

  • 19 May 2017 1:27 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    SOLACE is making a difference in the lives of our members and those close to them! Thank you for your support of our most recent SOLACE request in the Sixth Circuit.

    A request was sent on behalf of an FBA member’s federal judicial assistant, whose son is a student at the University of Cincinnati. He is a great young man, who has undergone surgery for a terrible infection and other health problems. Doctors recommended that he see a rheumatologist, but the earliest appointment was not until September. The SOLACE request asked for anyone with connections to University of Cincinnati Health to reach out to help this student receive an earlier appointment.

    The contact person for the family indicated that the response from FBA members was overwhelming. Two phone calls and eight emails were received from people offering to help within 24 hours. We want to thank all of you for the responses and assure you that the information has been passed along to the SOLACE request recipient. The family's doctor is also now pushing to get the appointment moved up, so it appears that the issue will be resolved one way or the other. Many thanks for your help! All of the efforts were greatly appreciated. It's great to know that SOLACE works!

    If you would like to learn more about SOLACE, or if you would like to submit a request for assistance, please visit the FBA’s SOLACE web page.

  • 05 May 2017 8:18 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)


    Public Forum to Feature Former U.S. Attorney, Grand Jury Foremen, Prosecutor 

    (Cleveland, Ohio) – A panel of experts and participants in the Grand Jury process will take members of the public inside one of the most well-publicized yet least understood parts of the U.S. legal system.

    The public forum on the Grand Jury process will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on May 17 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 6114 Francis Avenue in Cleveland. The forum, which is part of the series Anatomy of Justice – A Symposium on Criminal Justice, is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, The City Club of Cleveland and Elizabeth Baptist Church.

    “Grand Juries make big headlines. Just consider the recent Tamir Rice and Michael Brelo cases,” said Judge John J. Russo, Administrative and Presiding Judge for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. “But we know that Grand Jury proceedings are often misunderstood by the public. We want to help strip away some of that mystery and invite our citizens to participate in that process.”

    Russo is part of a coalition of judges, attorneys and Cleveland Bar leaders who have organized the Anatomy of Justice symposiums as a series of public discussions on issues including bail, grand juries and other criminal justice issues.

    Participants in the May 17 panel include: Carole Rendon, former U.S. Attorney for northern Ohio; Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Michelle Earley, a former prosecutor and participant in reviewing Grand Jury proceedings; and two former Grand Jury foremen, Eric Kennedy, a Cleveland attorney, and Lewis Katz, a Case Western Reserve University law professor.

    “These panelists are intimately familiar with the Grand Jury process,” said Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Donnelly, one of the organizers of the Anatomy of Justice series. “We know they’ll have interesting perspectives. But above all, we want the public to participate. We want to answer their questions and hear their suggestions.”


    Anatomy of Justice – a Symposium on Criminal Justice is a series of public discussions on criminal justice issues in Cuyahoga County.

    About the CMBA

    The nonprofit Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. Serving the largest legal community in the state, the CMBA has more than 5,500 members. Learn more at


    Media Contact:

    Rita Klein

    Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

    216-539-3713 (direct)

    216-696-3525 x5000

    440-263-3056 (mobile)

    Click here to see full media release.

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