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  • 16 Oct 2015 11:59 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Please click here to read the 2015 FBA-NDOC New Board Officers News Release.

  • 21 Sep 2015 1:28 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    Cleveland Attorney Honored with Highest Individual Award at Federal Bar Association’s National Convention

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  • 29 May 2015 1:10 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    FBA News Release re: Veterans program



    May 29, 2015

    Contact: Dennis Terez, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, 216-522-4856

    Federal Bar Association to Discuss Issues Facing Combat Veterans

    CLEVELAND, OH -- The Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio Chapter will sponsor a full-day seminar to help combat veterans and professionals improve access to the help veterans need. “Combat Veterans and the Criminal Justice System: Ways to Help Them and Ways to Improve their Legal Representation” will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland.

    The seminar is designed for military veterans, lawyers who represent them, members of the medical profession who treat veterans, and others interested in these issues.

    Speakers will address mental health issues affecting veterans, how to navigate the Veterans Administration system, how to advocate for veterans in the criminal justice system and sources of help for veterans. A panel discussion about getting lawyers and the courts involved will include Michael J. Renner, director of the Ohio Military Veterans Legal Assistance Project; Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, retired from the Ohio Supreme Court; Magistrate Judge Paul Warner, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah; Judge Michael E. Jackson, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court; and Judge Charles L. Patton, Jr., Cleveland Municipal Court.

    “This program continues the tradition established several years ago by long-time FBA member Carol Wild Scott and others to offer a program national in scope to address the special legal problems facing our returning combat veterans,” said Dennis Terez, president of the FBA-Northern District of Ohio Chapter. “But the more we discussed it, the more we realized that the medical problems presented by veterans are quite unique and quite prevalent. The need is greater than ever, and the problems are more complex than ever. From traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress syndrome, to sentencing complications in the courtroom, our veterans and their lawyers are facing unprecedented hurdles in their efforts to solve medical and legal problems, both civil and criminal. We hope this seminar will offer solutions to veterans and those they turn to for help.”

    Speakers for the day-long seminar include:

    • Michael Dewey, student, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Dewey is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, Airborne School and Air Assault School. He served several tours of duty in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge.

    • Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D., retired Brigadier General, founder of the Center for Translational Medicine. Dr. Xenakis is a psychiatrist with an active clinical and consulting practice. He served 28 years as a medical corps officer in the U.S. Army and has been a senior advisor to the Department of Defense on issues concerning care and support for service members and their families.

    • Tammy M. Kudialis, director of the Center for Solo and Small Law Firm Practice at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and founder of the Veterans Appellate Clinic, a client clinic representing veterans and their survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Kudialis was also instrumental in establishing Project SALUTE, a traveling law clinic for veterans.

    • Fred Stratmann, chief legal counsel, Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

    • Carol Wild Scott, deputy director, Veteran Consortium Pro Bono Program, a congressionally chartered and funded program.

    • Dietrich W. Schelzig, M.D., MPH, Cleveland VA Medical Center. In his role with the Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Dr. Schelzig manages the mental health needs of veterans with mild concussions to severe brain and body trauma.

    •  James T. Skuthan, first assistant federal public defender, middle district of Florida.

    •  Joseph Wilhelm, assistant federal public defender, Northern District of Ohio, and a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

    Cost for the seminar, including 6.5 hours of CLE credit, is $135 for FBA members and $155 for non-members. Cost for members of the public and those not applying for CLE credit is $85. A special discount is also available for government, non-profit and Criminal Justice Act panel lawyers. The cost includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

    To register, go to or call 877-322-6364. Deadline for registration is June 16.


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  • 23 Jan 2014 2:44 PM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)


    Northern District of Ohio Chapter

    Federal Bar Association Chapter Installs New Officers

    Cleveland, (Date) – The Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio Chapter has installed new officers and directors to serve in 2014. The new officers are:

    § Jason A. Hill, Sixth District Court of Appeals (Toledo), President

    § Dennis G. Terez, Federal Public Defender’s Office - Northern District of Ohio, President-Elect

    § Tim L. Collins, Collins & Scanlon LLP, Vice President

    § Anthony J. Vegh, Vecchio & Vegh, Secretary

    § Rebecca J. Bennett, Frantz Ward LLP, Treasurer

    § Virginia A. Davidson, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Immediate Past President and National Delegate.


    Hill currently serves as Court Administrator for the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and also serves as an adjunct professor teaching election law at the University of Toledo College of Law. He is chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Litigation Section, serves on the OSBA Council of Delegates and on the Toledo Bar Association Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Sixth District Court of Appeals, Hill was recognized for inclusion in the publication “Best Lawyers in America,” and was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers.

    Terez was appointed in December 2006 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to serve as the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio. He had worked since 1998 as an assistant federal public defender for that same district. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner with Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, where he worked as a member of the firm’s litigation practice, technology and intellectual property, business litigation and bankruptcy practice groups.
    Collins heads the litigation group at Collins & Scanlon, specializing in business litigation, class action and commercial receiverships. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and its Committee on Committees and Sections. He also served as chairman of the City of Cleveland Heights Recreation Advisory Board and Cable TV Commission. Collins has been named an Ohio “Super Lawyer” for Business Litigation every year since 2010 and has been listed on “Irish Legal 100” for three consecutive years.

    Vegh has represented clients in criminal matters at every level of the justice system – municipal, county and federal – including death penalty cases. Vegh was admitted to practice in Ohio and Federal Court in 1988. He formerly chaired the FBA Criminal Law Committee and the Certified Grievance Committee for the Cuyahoga County Bar Association.

    Bennett focuses her legal practice on labor and employment, litigation and counseling, including claims involving employment discrimination under federal and state law. She is a frequent lecturer in the areas of labor and employment law, and has created and presented training and compliance seminars for employers. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland.

    Davidson, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, chairs Calfee’s white collar defense and investigations practice. Davidson serves on the Board of Trustees of the Shaker Heights Historical Society and has been named an Ohio “Super Lawyer” in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2011 and was named a “Woman of Professional Achievement” in 2012 by the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.

    The Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio is a voluntary, professional organization for attorneys and the judiciary who practice in the federal system or have an interest in federal law. The FBA is committed to strengthening the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve. The Northern District of Ohio chapter has more than 600 members including lawyers, judges, and law students. More information is available at 

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  • 08 Oct 2013 7:43 AM | Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter (Administrator)

    National Experts to discuss Jury Perceptions of Diversity
    Program Will Be Offered by Federal Bar Association Chapter

    CLEVELAND, OHIO – How do jurors perceive diversity in the courtroom? Does it matter if lawyers, defendants, witnesses or others are from different races or ethnic groups? Should lawyers take the jury’s race, ethnicity and gender into consideration when they prepare for trial?

    The Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio Chapter will explore these and others issues related to diversity and inclusion in a half-day program, “Jury Perceptions of Diverse Lawyers in the Courtroom” from 1-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland.

    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Arin N. Reeves, author of The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders. Dr. Reeves will present her research on the impact jurors’ perceptions of counsel, the parties and the evidence can have on the outcome of trials. Dr. J. Lee Meihls, a jury consultant and president of Trial Partners, Inc. in Beverly Hills, Calif., will provide insight on the attitudes and opinions of jurors toward diverse attorneys, based on trial simulation research.

    The Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio, will give opening remarks and participate in a panel discussion facilitated by Annette Butler, former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and retired U.S. Assistant Attorney. Other panel participants will include Majeed G. Makhlouf, Director of Law- Cuyahoga County; Marlon Primes, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio; and Hilary S. Taylor, partner at Weston Hurd LLP.

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