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  • 06 Aug 2019 2:25 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has filed eight disciplinary case reports with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Each report recommends discipline for an attorney charged with professional misconduct.

    The parties can file objections to the Board’s report and recommendation with the Supreme Court. If objections are filed, the case will be scheduled for oral argument. No oral argument is scheduled in reinstatement proceedings, and objections are not permitted in a case submitted upon consideration of a consent-to-discipline agreement.

    The linked Supreme Court case numbers below go to case information, including the Board’s reports and recommendations.

    Butler County

    Disciplinary Counsel v. Matthew Gilbert Bruce
    Supreme Court Case No. 2019-1076
    Recommended sanction: One-year suspension, stayed

    Cuyahoga County

    Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. Mark Mariotti
    Supreme Court Case No. 2018-1579
    Recommended sanction: One-year suspension, stayed

    Franklin County

    Disciplinary Counsel v. Terrence Kensley Scott
    Supreme Court Case No. 2018-1435
    Recommended sanction:  Six-month suspension, stayed

    Fairfield County

    Disciplinary Counsel v. John Ivor Peters
    Supreme Court Case No. 2019-1074
    Recommended sanction: One-year suspension, stayed

    Lucas County

    Disciplinary Counsel v. Anthony Perin Spinazze
    Supreme Court Case No. 2019-1075
    Recommended sanction: Six-month suspension

    Mahoning County

    Mahoning County Bar Association v. Martin Edward Yavorcik
    Supreme Court Case No. 2019-1086
    Recommended sanction: Two-year suspension, six months stayed; credit for time served pursuant to interim felony suspension

    Richland County
    Disciplinary Counsel v. Robert Goldberger (consent-to-discipline)
    Supreme Court Case No. 2019-1077
    Recommended sanction: Public reprimand

    Wood County

    Toledo Bar Association v. Peter Frederick Field & Dan Martin Weiss (consent-to-discipline)
    Supreme Court Case No. 2019-1081
    Recommended sanction: Public reprimand for each respondent.


  • 06 Aug 2019 2:22 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Eileen A. Gallagher served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court today and heard oral arguments in a case of whether a 19-year-old man convicted for failing to register as a sex offender had his constitutional rights violated because the reporting requirement was based on a juvenile offense.

    Judge Gallagher replaced Justice Patrick F. Fischer, who recused himself from State v. Buttery, Case no. 2018-0183. The case was accepted from the First District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County.

    “It’s a beautiful Courtroom. It was an honor and privilege to be here,” Judge Gallagher said.

    According to the Ohio Constitution, in the event of a recusal by a justice, the chief justice can select any of the 69 sitting Ohio appellate court judges to sit temporarily on the Supreme Court.

    Judge Gallagher is a native of Cleveland, who received her bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Dominican College in Columbus. She earned her law degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law and began her career as a probation officer in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. She was a lawyer in private practice when she was elected a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge in 1996, and was twice re-elected. In 2010, she was first elected to the Eighth District Court of appeals and reelected in 2016.


  • 05 Aug 2019 10:29 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The deadline for Ohio courts to apply for grant money through the Ohio Supreme Court’s technology initiative is less than a month away.

    The funding is available to any Ohio appeals, common pleas, municipal, or county court for projects that would remove barriers to the efficient and effective administration of justice.

    Grant funds can be used to buy new or upgraded systems, hardware, or equipment for projects such as:

    • Case management systems or technology that supports the fundamental duties of the court
    • Technology systems that support pretrial services or digital notification
    • Online payment systems for court costs and fines and online filing
    • Courtroom or building security equipment.

    Applications will be accepted electronically through Aug. 29. The application form and other information is available on the Supreme Court’s website.

    The Court approved $2.9 million in grants last year for 47 technology projects.

    The Technology Grant Fund has aided in the completion of more than 400 projects in 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties by awarding more than $14 million to local courts across Ohio in the past five years.


  • 02 Aug 2019 10:17 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)


    Did you know the number of female agents in the FBI is under 25 percent?

    The Cleveland Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is hosting a recruitment event for the Special Agent position on Thursday, August 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    The event will include a keynote speaker, SA panel discussion comprised of new agents to senior agents, information concerning the hiring process for the SA position, Q&A and networking with agents. 

    This event is for those who meet the minimum criteria for application to the Special Agent position. Qualifications for application to the SA position:

    • Be a US citizen
    • Be between the ages of 23 and 36
    • have a bachelor's degree plus two years of full-time professional work experience OR one year of full-time professional work experience with a master's, JD or doctorate degree

    For more information about the recruiting event, please click here.

    To apply for the SA position, click here

    Questions? Contact clevelandapplicants@fbi.gov

  • 01 Aug 2019 3:42 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Walking into a courtroom for the first time can be a scary experience. But Hamilton County Domestic Relations Judge Amy Searcy is trying to change that by transforming the nature of the space.

    She’s given her courtroom a facelift. Natural sunlight now streams through the windows. The walls are covered with large canvasses of serene park landscapes. The attorneys’ trial tables have been replaced with one oversized conference room table and comfortable chairs.

    She doesn’t stop there. She has the motto of the court, “In the best interest of the CHILD” written on the wall, facing parents who appear before the judge.

    “Beginning from the time I took the bench four years ago, I have dreamed of creating a less-stressful and anger-filled courtroom,” Judge Searcy said.

    “For years, I observed parents walk into my courtroom and look at their surroundings as if they are entering a battlefield. My job is to help them and their attorneys navigate the legal process as easily and painlessly as possible,” she said.

    This wasn’t an overnight project. Judge Searcy spent one year researching the impact of interior design in the courtroom environment. She went so far as researching neuroscience and conflict resolution and discovered that environment impacts a person’s ability to think clearly and calmly.

    “There is so much conflict between litigants, counsel, and witnesses in the domestic relations courtroom,” Judge Searcy said. “Sometimes the tension is nearly palpable. How can that tension be relieved? I learned that nature is an effective answer.”

    Judge Searcy removed the heavy curtains and allowed natural sunlight to stream through the large courtroom windows. She then replaced the existing pictures with large photographs of nature scenes to reduce “brain fatigue.”

    Has it worked in reducing courtroom stress?

    “The response has already exceeded my expectations,” Judge Searcy said. “Litigants are noticeably happy when they look around the room at the pictures. The families involved have been markedly more relaxed and cooperative in court since we have made these changes.”

    “My goal is to convey a message of ‘Welcome. This is a place where we will help your family heal from the pains of divorce.’ We care for the well-being of your children, and your family matters to us,” she said.


  • 31 Jul 2019 12:46 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced August disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct. All hearings take place before a three-member panel of the board and are open to the public.

    Unless otherwise noted, all hearings begin at 10 a.m. Hearings may be continued for good cause at any time. Contact the board’s office at 614.387.9370 to confirm that a hearing will proceed as scheduled. Additional case information, including case documents, can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the case number below.

    August 7-9
    Erie-Huron County Bar Association v. Kenneth Richard Bailey and Kenneth Ronald Bailey

    Case No. 2019-003
    Respondent’s counsel: David Doughton, Cleveland (Respondent-Kenneth Bailey); Jerome A. Milano, Cleveland (Respondent-Kenneth Bailey)
    Hearing location: Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front Street, North Hearing Room 106, Columbus

    August 21-22
    Toledo Bar Association v. Mark David Berling

    Case No. 2019-012
    Respondent’s counsel: Martin E. Mohler, Toledo
    Hearing location: Moyer Judicial Center, 65 S. Front Street, North Hearing Room 106

    August 28-29
    Mahoning County Bar Association v. Andrew William Rauzan & Carol Clemente Wagner

    Case No. 2018-040
    Respondent’s counsel: George D. Jonson and Lisa A. Zaring, Cincinnati (Respondent-Rauzan); John B. Juhasz Jr., Youngstown (Respondent-Wagner)
    Hearing location: Moyer Judicial Center, 65 S. Front Street, North Hearing Room 106

    August 29
    Disciplinary Counsel v. Barbara Porzio

    Case No. 2019-016
    Respondent’s counsel: Jacob A. Kronenberg, Cleveland
    Hearing location: Moyer Judicial Center, 65 S. Front Street, West Hearing Room 104

    August 29-30
    Disciplinary Counsel v. Byron Dexter Corley

    Case No. 2019-006
    Respondent’s counsel: None
    Hearing location: Moyer Judicial Center, Court of Claims, Courtroom 3B


  • 31 Jul 2019 9:13 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    In July, you typically see more birds than students around the University of Akron’s School of Law. For the few you see inside the C. Blake McDowell Law Center, most – if not all – are hard at work during the day as the biggest test of their lives is on the horizon.

    “This is probably the most disciplined I’ve had to be for such a long period of time.” said bar exam applicant Hilary DeSaussure.

    Of the 887 people taking the bar exam in downtown Columbus this week, 98 will be representing Akron. Among them, no two test-takers will have the exact same approachto their studies.

    Many of the prospective attorneys opt for a solo approach as the simplest way to dictate their schedules and study habits.

    “I go through my essays. I do extra essays. I review notes and flash cards,” DeSaussure said.

    Those supplement her main guide, which is a study plan provided by a bar exam preparation vendor. These companies provide services that construct an agenda for what each applicant should focus on each day as a way to condense content and help filter countless subjects from the books and other materials accumulated during law school. Akron implemented one such program into its curriculum in the spring.

    “It’s just having all your assignments laid out for you, just to give you a clear picture of what it is you need to do on a daily basis,” said Daniel Shisler, another bar exam applicant.

    On top of the seemingly endless reading, analyzing, and writing, the burgeoning legal minds simulate real-life scenarios, like studying in louder environments in anticipation of typing keyboards and flipping pages when they’re on the clock. The most typical re-creation is a full, three-day mock bar exam.

    “We did it not only to gauge your knowledge of the subject matter, but also to just subject your body and your mind to those kind of conditions,” Shisler said.

    While administrators and instructors recommend that test-takers continue doing what’s given them academic success throughout law school, they also stress the importance of mixing in some group study.

    Allesan Armstrong, Akron’s assistant director of academic success, can speak to its merits – both as an instructor and law school graduate who passed the bar exams in Oklahoma and Ohio. She’s been conducting essay think tanks almost daily for weeks leading up to the test.

    “Other people’s brains don’t work the same. So, you get a lot of insight into things you might not even have considered,” Armstrong said.

    Along with potentially cultivating new ideas and approaches, group sessions can be a welcome break for individuals from months of monotony and solitude.

    “It’s also very helpful just to have some human interaction, because that’s been rare this summer,” Shisler said.


  • 31 Jul 2019 8:52 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    National, state, and local experts who can speak about the benefits of using mediation in solving legal disputes are needed for an upcoming statewide conference on dispute resolution.

    The conference, to be held on March 10, 2020, will be hosted by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution Section.

    The one-day conference will be held at Ohio State University.

    Last year, a former district court judge and U.S. attorney court-appointed to mediate a settlement between the NFL and retired players over alleged concussion-related injuries was the keynote speaker.

    In addition, hundreds of attendees heard from prominent panelists such as Nancy Hardin Rogers, professor emeritus and former dean of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and former Ohio attorney general.

    If you are interested in speaking or know of a speaker, please visit the Court’s websitefor more information about how to submit your ideas.

    The conference is open to judges, magistrates, court administrators, attorneys, dispute resolution professionals, mental health professionals, educators, trainers, and other stakeholders. It provides a unique opportunity to ensure that those who look to the Ohio legal system for the resolution of their disputes have a variety of processes to conclude those disputes impartially and without unnecessary delay. If you have questions, please contact the Court’s Dispute Resolution Section at 2020DisputeResolution@sc.ohio.gov or 614.387.9420.




  • 31 Jul 2019 8:50 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Typically, students who learn about the Ohio Supreme Court are from somewhere in the state. But 25 recent visitors traveled 7,000 miles to see the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

    The group hails from Hunan Normal University in eastern China. All the students are majoring in teaching English as a foreign language, and they’re in Columbus as part of a two-month summer program that includes visits to Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and Capital University.

    “It is really good for us to explore more, go to a lot of places, and gain more information,” said student Doris Li.

    The objective for the first-year program is to provide an immersive, cultural experience and share the cognitive frameworks for understanding those experiences.

    Having already visited the Ohio Statehouse and witnessed social spectacles like Fourth of July fireworks, the young adults have an expanding knowledge about the way of life in the United States, including how the government serves its citizens.

    “I really love how the Ohio Constitution regulates how the Supreme Court justices’ panels are selected. They’re actually here for the people and listen to the voice of the people,” said student Tony Tang.

    On top of learning about the state’s judicial system and the roles of justices during the tour, the students became more familiar with Ohio’s history, as illustrated in paintings and sculptures throughout the building. But like the thousands of visitors who tour the facility every year, the décor and elegance left the biggest impression. One student even tried to extend her tour indefinitely.

    “I really, really, really like the courtroom,” said student Emma Chen. “I don’t want to leave. I want to sleep here. I really like this place.”


  • 31 Jul 2019 8:48 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Supreme Court recently voted to hire Douglas M. Nelson as its new Reporter of Decisions.

    Nelson, who joined the Supreme Court in 2015, served as an assistant reporter before assuming this role. As an assistant reporter, he edited drafts of opinions and oversaw the preparation and posting of case announcements and administrative actions to the Court’s website.

    In his new position, Nelson will lead the Reporter’s Office, which is responsible for editing, reporting, and overseeing the print publication of the Supreme Court’s opinions, rulings on motions, miscellaneous orders, and rule amendments. The Reporter’s Office also publishes on the Supreme Court’s website the opinions of the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals, and the Ohio Court of Claims. As the Reporter of Decisions, Nelson will also attend the Supreme Court’s conferences and manage the process of reporting the justices’ votes in individual cases.

    Article IV, Section 2(C) of the Ohio Constitution requires the Supreme Court to report all of its decisions.

    Nelson said he’s excited to work more closely with the justices and to help maintain and enhance the standard of excellence that the Court has come to expect from his talented colleagues.

    “It’s a great honor and a tremendous opportunity,” Nelson said. “I’m looking forward to seeing decision-making up close during conferences and taking on the challenge of managing the reporting process in expedited cases. I’m extremely fortunate to have the chance to serve the Court in this unique position.”

    Before joining the Court, Nelson worked in the military justice system, first as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, then as an attorney-adviser at the Department of Defense. He previously served as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Schultz Newman and Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

    Nelson graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Spanish, and international studies. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan.


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