UA Professor Earns Outstanding Pro Bono Champion Award!

On August 10, 2017, Professor Sethna was presented with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Ohio Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award for his outstanding pro bono service.

AILA’s Pro Bono Champion program honors those who are exemplars of the pillar of professionalism in pro bono work. It is designed to shine a well-deserved light on those who are consistently achieving and exceeding their pro bono goals, and who are tirelessly working to promote pro bono service and to further AILA’s mission “…to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.”

From the AILA National Announcement: 


Farhad Sethna, Ohio Chapter
Farhad is a constant presence in the world of pro bono immigration in Ohio. Our nomination focuses on Farhad’s steadfast support of the Family and Juvenile Docket Program at Catholic Charities. In 2014, the plight of UACs and Central American families in removal was a common story in the news. However, within a year, pro bono support for these cases dropped off as other new issues emerged. Organizations like Catholic Charities struggled to place cases with volunteer lawyers. Farhad has always been the first to respond to the call for volunteers needed. He drives an hour from his practice in Akron to be there when many other attorneys who are just a few blocks from the court house do not volunteer. Farhad is a monthly contributor to the statewide Family and Juvenile docket coalition calls, where many individuals are younger practitioners who need advice. Farhad’s experience and guidance is an essential element to supporting the younger practitioners on the call, which allows them to take more cases.


Professor Sethna earned both his MBA and JD from the University of Akron and has been practicing law since 1991. His law practice, The Law Offices of Farhad Sethna, is located in Cuyahoga Falls. Professor Sethna has taught immigration law at the UA School of Law since 1995 and continues to share his expertise and enthusiasm with our students. Congratulations to Professor Sethna on this wonderful recognition of his commitment to pro bono service!

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CQE Clinic Volunteer Training – Friday, August 25 4:30pm – 6pm

Our next free Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) clinic is Saturday, August 26, 2017!  We’re very excited to be providing opportunities for former offenders in Summit County to take a step toward gaining employment and independence!

We are looking for students to volunteer from 8:15am-12:45pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017.  The clinic will be held at the House of The Lord [1650 Diagonal RD., Akron, OH 44320]. The time you volunteer can be applied toward your graduation requirement as pro bono limited means hours.

There will be a mandatory volunteer training on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 4:30-6:00pm for first timers. Location of the training will be announced the week of the clinic. The time you are at training will count towards your pro bono limited means hours as well. For those who have completed the training once before, you are more than welcome to attend the training for a refresher. However, you may not count the training towards your pro bono limited means hours again.

If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please e-mail Brittany at You can also learn more about the clinic at our website:


Thank you!

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Save the Dates for Important early fall semester Events

Mark your calendars now for two events happening as soon as we are back in session in the Fall 2017 semester:

Ohio Bar Admissions Workshop

Date:  Thursday, September 7

Time: 5:20 – 6:20 pm

Location:  David and Ann Amer Brennan Courtroom (McDowell Law Center Room 180)

Who should attend:  All students who are in their second year of law school, students who started law school in Spring 2016 or Fall 2016.  Students who started law school in Spring 2017 are welcome as well.


Substance Abuse Lecture

Date:  Thursday, September 14

Time: 5:20 – 6:20 pm

Location:  Pardee Classroom (McDowell Law Center Room 160)

Who should attend:  All students planning to take the Ohio Bar if you have not attended this lecture yet.  Please note – due to the one-hour requirement by the Supreme  Court of Ohio, there will be no admittance to anyone arriving later than 5:20 pm.

If you have any questions, please email us at

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Roetzel & Andress added to On Campus Interview Schedule

Akron, OH – 2L Summer 2018 Law Clerk – Roetzel & Andress NEW EMPLOYER ADDED

Qualifications: 2L Require: Top 20% Class Rank,

Submit through Symplicity through 8/11 and after that email to Include Resume, Cover, Letter, Writing Sample and Transcripts

Start Apply: Immediately

Deadline: August 20, 2017

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2018 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition

The 2018 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Essay Competition, sponsored by and Malik Law is open to all full and part-time students attending an ABA-accredit law school and enrolled in a JD or LLM program. The first-place winner will receive $1,500.00.  The winning essay may be published in the CMBA’s Bar Journal. The second-place winner will receive $1,000.00.

The topic for the 2018 competition is:

The Ohio Bar Examination application requires an applicant to provide information regarding the applicant’s criminal convictions and expungements. (See Gov. Bar. R.I., Sec. 11(D).) In college, an applicant was convicted of a crime. On appeal, the Supreme Court found that the statute under which the applicant was convicted violated the constitutional right to free speech (e.g., protesting an elected official) and overturned the conviction. Is the applicant required to disclose the overturned conviction on the Bar Examination application? Why or why not?

Essays should be no more than 1600 words and will be electronically submitted in Word. The deadline for submissions is February 9, 2018. Winners will be announced no later than April 20, 2018.

The goal of the Competition is to encourage students to examine ethical issues that they may encounter over the next few years of their legal professions. This goal complements the legal education accreditation standards of the American Bar Association. These standards include the promotion of competency in the exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system, along with the development of other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.  ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools 2016-2017, Standard 302.

For more information, including rules and submission forms, please go to and follow the link for the Competition.  You may also contact the Competition’s director, Tom Horwitz, at 440-892-3331 or by email at

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