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  • 01 Nov 2011 9:04 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Erin A. Sutton has been elected as a partner with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, a national leader in public finance law. Ms. Sutton works out of the firm’s Columbus office.

    Ms.  Sutton's public finance practice includes both traditional governmental bond and note issues as well as financings for nonprofit and for-profit entities. She has worked with public schools, counties and municipal corporations, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and senior living communities. She has experience as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and issuer counsel.

    “We’re very pleased to announce that Erin Sutton has been elected as a partner with Peck Shaffer,” said Dennis Schwallie, managing partner in the firm’s Columbus office. “Erin is a skilled public finance attorney and highly respected by her clients and colleagues.”

    Ms. Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in 1994, and her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1997. She is also a member of the first class of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, an Ohio Women’s Bar Association program designed to develop the leadership skills of women in the legal profession.  

  • 17 Oct 2011 8:32 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Jan Allen was one of the first women to hold a top position in Ohio state government, as deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Richard Celeste. Read more.
  • 17 Oct 2011 8:27 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Ohio voters will elect 109 judges to municipal courts across the state in the Nov. 8 general election with 39 of those contested races. Read more.
  • 04 Oct 2011 10:08 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association announced today its ratings for the 2011 Municipal Judicial Candidates running for election in Cuyahoga County.

    The purpose of the OWBA Judicial Selection Committee (JSC) is to objectively evaluate and rate judicial candidates and publish the ratings to the community at large. To see the most recent ratings, go to  

    The OWBA’s JSC is part of an organization known as the Judicial Candidates Ratings Coalition or “JCRC.” The JCRC consists of committees from the OWBA, the Norman Minor Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. Before each primary and general election, JCRC conducts interviews of candidates running for judicial office in Cuyahoga County.

    The evaluation process is confidential, non-partisan and independent. The candidates are evaluated based on the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community involvement and understanding. Overall, the question is whether the candidate will be a competent, fair and trustworthy judge. The evaluations include a questionnaire which provides information regarding the candidates’ background, legal experience and motivation for becoming a judge.  Interviews of each candidate are also conducted by representative members of the organizations involved in JCRC. The candidates also provide writing samples and references. After the interview process is completed, each organization gives the candidates one of the following ratings:

    Excellent: This rating means that the candidate is outstanding based on the criteria and is a superior choice for the office.

    Good: This rating means the candidate substantially meets the criteria and is well-qualified for the office.

    Adequate: This rating means the candidate meets the criteria passably, or, alternatively, fails to satisfy one or more of them.  A candidate rated adequate possesses at least the minimum qualifications for the office.  

    Not Recommended: This rating means the candidate does not meet the criteria, lacking the minimum qualifications for judicial office.  

    Refused to Participate: If a candidate fails or refuses to appear for an interview or fails to complete the questionnaire, the candidate’s rating will be “refused to participate.”  However, if the candidate fails or refuses to appear and there is enough information relative to the candidate’s qualifications, a “not recommended” rating may be given.

  • 23 Sep 2011 8:15 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    September 23, 1991

    The seed for the OWBA began with a speech Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick gave in Cleveland on April 29, 1991.  In that speech, Justice Resnick talked about the need for a statewide women’s bar association. An energetic attorney inspired by the speech then wrote a letter to Justice Resnick. The attorney, Pamela M. Hultin, concluded her letter by offering, “If I can be of any help to you, I would be more than happy to devote time and energy to this project.”  

    In response, Justice Resnick sent Ms. Hultin a list of names, and encouraged her to contact the other women and “take the initiative” to establish a statewide women’s bar association.   Justice Resnick’s list included the names of many other talented lawyers, including Patricia A. Hemann, who later became a magistrate judge for United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

    Over the next few months, these three exceptional women worked together, nurturing the idea of a statewide association devoted to advancing the interests of women lawyers.  On September 23, 1991, at the Supreme Court of Ohio, twenty-six women voted to form the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

    To view the 6 minute inspiring "Celebrating 20 Years, Inspiring 20 More" video, click here.
    To see the list of founding members, click here.

  • 12 Sep 2011 1:34 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Brecksville resident Pamela A. Barker will become the newest judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bench when she takes office on Sept. 19 after her appointment today by Gov. John R. Kasich. Read more
  • 12 Sep 2011 1:31 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    A longtime federal judge in Memphis, Tenn., breezed through the U.S. Senate confirmation process today with bipartisan support for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more
  • 12 Sep 2011 1:25 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Mary Jane Trapp is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation and the first Ohio Court of Appeals judge ever selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments, September 9-14, 2011.

    The annual week-long seminar, named in honor of Henry Toll, a Colorado senator who founded CSG in 1933, seeks to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government.  This year's dynamic program, held in Lexington, Ky., focuses on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. The experience gives these leaders perspectives they would not ordinarily obtain during the course of their regular governmental service.

    Judge Trapp was selected from many outstanding applicants by a committee of state elected and appointed officials as one of the most promising leaders of state government. This year’s applicant pool included state leaders from all three branches and represented 42 states and two US territories. Past Toll Fellowship graduates include governors, US Senators and members of Congress, as well as leaders in state government.

    Mary Jane Trapp was elected to Ohio’s Eleventh District Court of Appeals in 2006, and served as the court’s administrative judge in 2008 and as its Presiding and Administrative Judge in 2009 and 2010. Trapp, a Russell Township resident, graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1978 and received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. She spent more than 25 years in a general civil and criminal trial and appellate practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania before taking the bench. Trapp, a past president of the Ohio Bar and current member of the ABA House of Delegates, is an author and lecturer and is the 2011 recipient of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation President’s Award.

    The Council of State Governments is the premier multibranch organization forecasting policy trends for the community of states, commonwealths and territories on a national and regional basis. CSG alerts state elected and appointed officials to emerging social, economic, and political trends; offers innovative state policy responses to rapidly changing conditions; and advocates multistate problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness. CSG promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills and champions state sovereignty.

  • 12 Sep 2011 12:30 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    In her first state of the Judiciary address delivered Sept. 8, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced the formation of a new joint task force to study the application of the death penalty in Ohio Read more or Watch video
  • 30 Aug 2011 10:28 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Attorney Kathleen Burke has been appointed magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court in Akron. She replaces Benita Y. Pearson, who was appointed as a district judge this past December.

    Burke received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.

    Burke started her legal career at Jones Day in Cleveland as an associate in 1973 and became partner in 1982. While at Jones Day, Burke practiced civil litigation, representing clients at every level of the state and federal court systems. In August 2009 Governor Ted Strickland appointed her executive director of the Ohio Lottery Commission, serving in that capacity until 2011.

    Burke has been very active in various bar associations. She is a founding member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (1991) and remains a member; was the first woman president of the Ohio State Bar Association (1993-1994) and continues to serve on the Council of Delegates; and was a state delegate to the American Bar Association (2002-2009).

    Throughout her legal career Burke has received numerous honors and awards:

    •    The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2009), Commercial Litigation
    •    St. Thomas More Award, Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, 2008
    •    Cleveland YWCA, Woman of Achievement Award, 2004
    •    Ohio Bar Medal, 2002
    •    Women of Note, Crain's Cleveland Business, September 2002
    •    St. John's University, President's Medal, 1993

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