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  • 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)

    LOOKING BEHIND THE CURTAIN: HOW ‘SECRET’ GRAND JURIES WORK

    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.”

    ABOUT ANATOMY OF JUSTICE 

    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 CleMetroBar.org.

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    Media Contact:

    Rita Klein

    Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

    216-539-3713 (direct)

    216-696-3525 x5000

    440-263-3056 (mobile)

    rklein@clemetrobar.org


    Click here to see full media release.

  • 30 Apr 2017 4:48 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    The Ohio Women's Bar Association (OWBA) and the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation (OWBF) would like to invite those in your membership to our upcoming Annual Meeting and Conference, which will feature two Fortune 500 General Counsels, Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Starbucks, and Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of NiSource, Inc.  The conference will be hosted at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (Lewis Center, Ohio) on May 11-12, and will include 5.5 hours of CLE approved sessions, our annual Honoring Women in Government Reception (evening of May 11) and Annual Meeting Luncheon (May 12)

    Please click here for more information. 

  • 29 Apr 2017 3:44 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    SOLACE Making a Difference Around Legal Community

    SOLACE is making a difference in the lives of our members and those close to them! The program (whose name stands for "Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged") is a new initiative of the FBA that began at the national level in October 2016. SOLACE 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. How can you help? As an FBA member, you automatically will receive SOLACE information via email if a request for assistance is received that could be addressed by FBA members in your area. The SOLACE email notification will describe the need and how you can help. Some examples of how SOLACE has helped the legal community follow. 

    Date: January 4, 2017Author: fedbarblog 0 Comments

    SOLACE is making a difference in the lives of our members and those close
    to them! The program (whose name stands for “Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged”) is a new initiative of the FBA that began at the national level in October 2016. Some examples of how SOLACE has helped the legal community follow.

    An FBA member referred a friend who is battling stage IV adrenal cortex carcinoma.  She is a single mother of two boys and due to substantial medical bills, she has been struggling to meet her family’s daily living expenses, including groceries, gas, toiletries, and clothing.  She sought gift cards to local stores and hotel points to cover the hotel costs when she travels to the hospital for treatment.  FBA members graciously responded to the need and provided gift cards to assist this family.

    Read the full blog post here!
  • 08 Jan 2017 7:42 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Greetings:

    As you may know, under the leadership of National President Michael Newman, the FBA is sponsoring a Student Civics Essay Contest as part of the FBA’s Civics Initiative.  January 23rd is the deadline (1) for students to apply to the FBA civics essay contest, and (2) to nominate civics studies teachers for the FBA's teacher recognition program.

    The topic for the essay contest is: “ What does an impartial Judicial System mean to me?”  There are divisions for Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12).  The Middle School Word Limit is 500 and the High School Word Limit is 1,000.  The winners will be awarded in Washington, DC in conjunction with the FBA Midyear Meeting on March 18, 2017. Funds will be provided for travel along with 1 parent/guardian.

    Middle School Contest Prizes:

    1st Place: $1,000

    2nd Place: $500

    3rd Place: $250

    High School Contest Prizes:

    1st Place: $2,000

    2nd Place: $1,000

    3rd Place: $500

    Judge Newman’s goal is to involve students and teachers from every circuit.   For more information go to:  http://www.fedbar.org/civicsessay.aspx


  • 04 Dec 2016 6:53 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    2016 was a banner year for our FBA Chapter! 

    We hosted the FBA National Convention here in Cleveland in September. The Convention started with a very well attended State of the Court Luncheon held at the historic Silver Grill where Judge Oliver was our keynote speaker. The Judge honored retiring Magistrates Kenneth McHargh, Greg White and Nancy Vecchiarelli.  Chief Judge Russ Kendig also brought us up to date as to happenings in the Bankruptcy Court. Thanks to the many firms and Chapter members who sponsored the event and made it possible.  Click here to read more: Who We Are

  • 24 Aug 2016 10:19 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Program to Explore Issues of Privacy, Terrorism and Cybersecurity

    Click here for article.

  • 15 Jul 2016 3:51 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Webinars/FREE-Webinar-Creating-and-Sustaining-Successful-Pipeline-Programs--Stepping-Stones-to-a-More-Dive.aspx

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