Who We Are

The FBA-NDOC is the local Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) serving members in the Northern District of Ohio.  We are one of the fastest growing and most dynamic Chapters of the FBA in the country.  Our award-winning programs and newsletter have captivated members and encourage us to continue providing quality services to practitioners across the Northern District of Ohio.

Our Mission

To advance the science of jurisprudence and to promote the welfare, interests, education, and professional growth and development of the members of the Federal legal profession.

President's Message

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.

In a nod to the Convention and our incoming National President, the Sixth Circuit of Appeals held oral arguments at the District Courthouse the same day as our Luncheon.  It was quite a day for our Chapter and the Cleveland legal community.

The Convention was very well attended by FBA members and District Court Judges from across the country.  The weather was absolutely perfect for the socials Thursday night on the Flat’s east bank and Friday at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

On Saturday evening Magistrate Judge Newman was sworn in as the new President for the National FBA.  Additionally, our own board member, Kip Bollin, was sworn in as National President-Elect.  Also, many thanks to Kip, Board Member Phil Calabrese and members of their Convention Planning Committee for the phenomenal job they did in putting the Convention together.

The Chapter is going to implement two new programs in conjunction with the National FBA. The first is the SOLACE program. SOLACE is an acronym for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel—All Concern Encouraged. The purpose of the SOLACE program is to allow the legal community to reach out in meaningful and compassionate ways to judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries, and their families who experience deaths or other catastrophic illnesses, sickness, or injury.  SOLACE is essentially an online bulletin board that is monitored nationally by liaisons. They monitor requests for assistance and pass those requests on to their Chapter members.  They also do submit requests for assistance which are then passed along through the network. Our SOLACE liaison to the National FBA SOLACE program is Rob Chudakoff, a new Chapter board member.

The other program the Chapter will sponsor is a Civics Program.  The Civics Program’s focus is to facilitate meetings between high school and middle school students and federal judges.  The purpose of the Civics Program is to have a judge teach these students how our Constitution and Court’s function.  Our Chapter liaison for the Civics Program to the National FBA is Ellen Toth, a former Chapter President.

The Chapter will continue to provide our members top notch CLE’s, Brown Bag luncheons with Judges (and others), and social events that will entertain you.

In closing, I’d like to thank Tim Collins for all the help and encouragement he gave me as outgoing Chapter President.  I look forward to serving the Chapter during my tenure.


Tony Vegh


Federal Bar Association

Northern District of Ohio Chapter

FBA-NDOC   Administrative Offices   P.O. Box 14760, Cleveland, OH  44114
Phone: 877-322-6364     Email: admin@fba-ndohio.org

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