Hopefully you were able to attend the baseball game with SBA, and if not hopefully you heard that there was a relatively nice size turn out of both faculty and students. This is the goal of SBA this year – more inclusion! We are currently planning this year’s Barrister’s Ball and have heard from part-time, evening, and trial team members that Saturday night works best for these groups. We would like to set a date that is not too close to midterms and finals weeks. We are also aware that if Barrister’s was moved to the Spring semester, it would rob those graduating in December 2019 a chance to attend. So with that in mind, an early November Saturday evening seems to be the best date for the greatest turnout.

Also, we are aware that the Hilton in Fairlawn (the location of Barrister’s last year) was far for some people. We have vetted Akron venues and found that Tangier’s is in our price range and is closer to downtown Akron. We spoke with Tangier’s and they know we ran out of food a few years ago there so this shouldn’t be an issue again.

With that in mind, we have a few questions we would love for you to take the time to answer so we can gauge interest in the event and location preference. Please fill out the survey below to let us know what you think:

Thank you,

SBA Executive Board

2019 Frost Brown Todd Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Frost Brown Todd LLC invites qualified candidates to apply for its $2,000 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Award, open to all underrepresented law students including but not limited to African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, multi-racial, and LGBT students. All female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student law student at a ABA-accredited law school. Evening or part-time students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-fourth or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of the Diversity Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to advance the beliefs embodied in Frost Brown Todd’s Diversity Vision Statement.

Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court accepting applications for 2019-2020 Term

The Charles F. Scanlon and Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court is accepting applications for membership for the 2019-2020 term, which begins in September 2019.  The Inn, which was founded over 30 years ago by leading members of the Bar, including Federal District Judge Sam Bell, in collaboration with the Akron Bar Association and the University of Akron School of Law, provides members of the judiciary and bar an opportunity to learn from one another, both through CLE presentations and by sharing dinner in a relaxed atmosphere.  It has maintained its vigor by annually enrolling new members who want to learn and share information about ethics, public issues, and advocacy through the programs offered by the Inn.  We currently have openings in all three of our classes:  (1) the bencher class, which is made up of judges and lawyers with fifteen or more years of experience; (2) the barrister class, which is made up of lawyers with between four and fifteen years of experience; and (3) the pupils class, which is made up of law students and lawyers with less than four years of experience.

If you are interested in associating with judges and senior lawyers, or mentoring newer lawyers and students, please consider applying.  To do so, send your resume and a letter or email to Peter T. Cahoon, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, 3800 Embassy Parkway, Suite 300, Akron, OH 44333,, by May 1, 2019.

The benchers meet during May each year to vote on new members.  If you are a lawyer accepted for the pupil or barrister class, you will be entitled to serve a two-year term, which can be renewed once.  Law-student pupils serve one year.  Benchers serve for life.  There are no dues for members of the pupils class.  Currently dues are $175 per year for barristers and $375 per year for benchers.  The benchers will consider in May whether they should be increased for the 2019-2020 term.

If you are accepted as an Inn member, you will attend our dinner meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of each month, September through April, skipping December.  Programs at these meetings consist of presentations on ethics, public issues, and advocacy, for which CLE credit is provided.

In addition, all members of the Inn are members of a pupilage group, which is a small working body of the Inn.  There are four pupilage groups with representation from each of the three classes (benchers, barristers, and pupils).  Each pupilage group is responsible for a presentation at least once during the year.  Pupilage groups meet after work or during lunch to plan presentations and to discuss matters of common interest.

Modeled after the English Inns of Court, the Scanlon/Bell Inn has actively pursued its mission, and we look forward to those of like minds becoming involved.  Please submit your resume and letter or email no later than May 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Peter Cahoon at (330) 376-5300.