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November 2016:

Judge Schafer Taught CLE Program

Judge Julie Schafer spoke at the 12th Annual Bernard I. Rosen Domestic Relations Institute on November 17, 2017.  Judge Schafer presented "Practice Pointers & Strategies in Appellate Cases."

 

September 2016:

Judge Carr Elected Chief Judge of Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association

Judge Donna Carr was elected Chief Judge of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association for 2017.  The election took place during the Association's fall meeting in September 2016.  For 2016, Judge Carr is serving as Chief-Judge Elect.  Last year, she served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association.

The Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association is comprised of all judges who serve on Ohio’s appeals courts along with those who have retired from serving on Ohio appeals courts.  The purpose of the Association is to implement the goals of the Ohio Judicial Conference as set forth in the Ohio Revised Code.

The Association meets twice a year.  It conducts judicial education around issues of relevance to appeals courts and discusses issues related to the administration of justice in the courts of appeals.

May 2016:

Judge Moore Sat with the Ohio Supreme Court

Judge Carla Moore sat as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court on May 31, 2016.  She also sat as a visiting judge with the Supreme Court in 2011.

The story is available on the Ohio Supreme Court web site here.

 

May 2016:

Judge Carr Participated in a High School Pre-Prom Mock Trial Program

Judge Donna Carr participated in a Revere High School pre-prom program to show the effects of impaired driving by a high school senior.  Juniors and seniors watched a reenactment of an automobile crash caused by an impaired driver.  As a result of the accident, there were serious injuries and a death.

The students then moved into the school and Judge Carr's bailiff called court to order.  Judge Carr presided over a sentencing hearing where she and the students heard an emotional victim-impact statement and other evidence.  Judge Carr then sentenced the student to a lengthy prison term.

Students left the program with a better understanding of the life-changing consequences of impaired driving.

 

April 2016:

Judge Moore Selected to Receive 2016 Sir Thomas More Award

Judge Moore was selected to receive the 2016 Sir Thomas More Award.  The award is presented by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and is part of the Akron Bar Association Law Week Celebration.  It is presented each year at the Red Mass in recognition of a member of the legal community who demonstrates outstanding personal integrity, community service and professional excellence.

 

January 2016:

Judge Whitmore Worked with Hudson Mock Trial Team

Judge Whitmore welcomed the Hudson High School Mock Trial Team to a practice in the courtroom at the Ninth District Court of Appeals.  Judge Whitmore presided over a trial and provided feedback to the students about their performance.

The team and coach thanked Judge Whitmore for her time and sharing her expertise with them.

 

July 2015:

Pinnacle Award

Judge Moore will receive a 2015 Pinnacle Award for Summit County.  She is the recipient of the John F. Seiberling Award for Excellence in Elected Public Service.  According to the nomination criteria, this award was established to recognize the unique, positive influence that elected officials can have on the community and the people of Summit County.  You can learn more about the award and ceremony here.

 

May 2015:

Scouts Visited the Court

Judge Schafer welcomed a group of cub scouts, and their parents, to the Court.  She gave them an overview of the Ohio court system and answered lots of questions.

After her presentation, the scouts took to the bench to experience the judges' view of the courtroom.  Judge Schafer also gave the scouts and their families a tour of her office and the judges' conference room.

 

April 2015:

Coverage of the Court's Video Oral Argument Program

Court News Ohio published a story about the Ninth District's video oral argument program.  You can read the story, and watch the video, by clicking here.

 

January 2015:

New Presiding and Administrative Judges

The judges selected a new Presiding and Administrative Judge for 2015.  Judge Jennifer Hensal will serve as Presiding Judge and Judge Donna Carr will serve as Administrative Judge.

 

September 2014:

Judge Carr Elected to Judicial Officer Position

Judge Donna Carr was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association for 2015.  The Association consists of all 69 appeals court judges who serve on Ohio's 12 appellate Districts.  The story is available on the Ohio Supreme Court web site here.

 

September 2014:

Judge Hensal Sat with the Ohio Supreme Court

Judge Hensal sat as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court on September 9, 2014.  The story is available on the Ohio Supreme Court web site here.

 

July 2014:

Law and Leadership Institute Visited the Ninth District

On July 16, 2014, the Law and Leadership Institute class visited the Ninth District Court of Appeals.  The students prepared a mock oral argument and presented their cases in the courtroom.  Judge Eve Belfance presided over the panel.  Joining here were Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French and Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Jennifer Hensal.

Eight students presented oral arguments to the Court.  Following the arguments, the panel deliberated and returned to the bench to announce the decision.

The judges then complimented the students on their outstanding arguments, answered questions, and chatted with the students, parents, and teachers who attended.

 

February 2014:

Judge Belfance Sat with the Ohio Supreme Court

Judge Belfance sat as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court on February 25, 2014.  The story is available on the Ohio Supreme Court web site here.

 

November 2013:

Judge Whitmore Sat with the Ohio Supreme Court

Judge Whitmore sat as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court on November 6, 2013.  You can read more about her experience on the Ohio Supreme Court web site here.

 

October 2013:

Students Welcomed to the Court

The Court welcomed a group of masters students to oral arguments on October 31, 2013.  After the arguments were finished, Judges Eve Belfance, Donna Carr, and Carla Moore talked with the students.  The judges enjoyed answering the students' questions.

 

July 2013:

Students Welcomed to the Court

The Court welcomed two different groups of students to oral argument on July 18, 2013.  A small group of students from the Law and Leadership Program attended oral arguments.  After the arguments were finished, Judges Eve Belfance, Donna Carr, and Beth Whitmore talked with the students for a few minutes.  The students asked several thoughtful questions and the judges enjoyed chatting with them.

Another group of students also attended oral arguments on July 18.  About ten students from a Kent State University class on the judicial process in action observed several oral arguments.  The Ninth District is one of several courts the students will visit during the semester.

 

May 2013:

Psychology Interns Learn about Testifying as Expert Witnesses

A class of psychology interns from the Ohio Psychology Internship visited the Court on May 30, 2013.  The interns have completed their coursework for a Ph.D. in psychology and were nearing the end of their one-year internship.  Many of the interns worked with parties in court cases and would be called to testify as expert witnesses.  Judges Eve Belfance, Jennifer Hensal, and Beth Whitmore talked with the interns for about an hour.  The judges shared their expectations of expert witnesses from the perspective of former trial lawyers and trial court judges, and as current appellate court judges.  The interns then watched oral arguments and then asked more questions about the appellate process.

 

October 2012:

Judge Carr Taught Judicial College CLE Program

Judge Carr presented at the Ethics and Professionalism & Access to Justice and Fairness in the Courts Judicial College CLE on October 19, 2012.  Judge Carr's presentation focused on the use of interpreters in the courts.

 

December 2011:

Judge Dickinson Appointed to Two Supreme Court Commissions

Judge Dickinson has been appointed to one Supreme Court Commission and reappointed to another.  He was appointed to the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.  This 19-member Commission is responsible for suggesting and reviewing proposed amendments to Ohio's Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Procedure Rules and the Evidence and Traffic Rules.

Judge Dickinson was reappointed to the Commission on Rules of Superintendence.  He serves on this Commission as the representative of the Court of Appeals Judges Association.

 

December 2011:

Judge Dickinson Taught CLE Program

Judge Dickinson presented his appellate advocacy CLE sponsored by the Akron Bar Association on December 9, 2011.

 

December 2011:

Wooster High School - December 8, 2011

The Court held oral arguments at Wooster High School on December 8, 2011. Judge Donna Carr, Judge Clair Dickinson, and Judge Carla Moore heard oral arguments in two cases.  The Judges and attorneys answered questions from the students after the cases were argued. The students were very engaged in the arguments and it was a good experience for all involved.
 

August 2011:

University of Akron School of Law - August 17, 2011

The Court held oral arguments at the University of Akron School of Law on August 17, 2011, as part of the Law School's Orientation Week for new law students. Judge Eve Belfance, Judge Clair Dickinson, and Judge Beth Whitmore heard oral arguments in one case. The Judges and attorneys answered questions from the students after the case was argued.
 

April 2011:

Judge Dickinson Taught CLE Program

Judge Dickinson presented his appellate advocacy CLE sponsored by the Lorain County Bar Association on April 14, 2011.

 

May 2011:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Street Law Summit

The Court heard oral argument in one case at the Quaker Square Inn at the University of Akron as part of the 2011 Street Law Summit.  Students from high schools in Summit County participated in the program.  Judge Eve Belfance, Judge Carla Moore, and Judge Beth Whitmore, presided over the oral argument and responded to questions from the students.

 

April 2011:

Judge Dickinson Taught CLE Program

Judge Dickinson presented his appellate advocacy CLE sponsored by the Lorain County Bar Association on April 14, 2011.

 

March 2011:

Judge Moore Sat with the Ohio Supreme Court

Judge Moore sat as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court on March 2, 2011.  You can read more about her experience on the Ohio Supreme Court web site here.

 

January 2011:

Judge Moore again named President of Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees

The Judicial College Board of Trustees installed its officers for 2011, and, for the second year in a row, Judge Carla Moore will serve as chair of the Board of Trustees.  The Judicial College, an office within the Supreme Court of Ohio, was created in 1976 to help judges meet their mandatory education requirements.  The Judicial College offers training and education to Ohio judges, magistrates and court personnel.  The College’s operation is guided by a ten-member Board of Trustees.

 

December 2010:

Judge Dickinson Presented CLE Program

Judge Clair Dickinson presented a CLE sponsored by the Akron Bar Association on December 10, 2010.  The CLE is titled Everything You Need to Know about Appellate Advocacy (But Didn't Know You Should Ask).  It covered trial court issues as they relate to appeals, brief writing, oral argument, post-decision practice in the court of appeals, and review by the Ohio Supreme Court. 

 

October 2010:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Stow-Munroe Falls High School

The Court heard oral arguments at Stow-Munroe Falls High School as part of the Courtroom in the Classroom program.  You can read more about the visit here.

 

September 2010:

Court App

The Court's Android application is now available.  You can find out more about it, and how to download it to your Android smartphone, here.

 

September 2010:

Judge Whitmore Co-Presented CLE Program

Judge Beth Whitmore co-presented at a CLE sponsored by the Akron Bar Association on September 30, 2010.  The CLE was titled Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy.  It covered oral and written advocacy in trial courts, courts of appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court.

 

June 2010:

Judge Dickinson Elected to Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees

Judge Clair Dickinson was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Akron Bar Association.  Trustees are elected by members of the Akron Bar Association.  Judge Dickinson will serve a three-year term as a Trustee.

 

May 2010:

Hudson High School Mock Trial

On May 26, 2010, Judge Beth Whitmore assisted Hudson High School students to present a mock trial.  Judge Whitmore attended an earlier class during which she helped them prepare for the trial.  On May 26, the students tried the case with Judge Whitmore presiding and a group of Rotarians serving as jurors.

 

May 2010:

Stow-Munroe Falls Classroom Presentations

On May 11, 2010, Judge Carla Moore spoke with several government classes at the Stow Munroe-Falls High School.  Judge Moore discussed the judicial system with a focus on the appellate courts.

 

May 2010:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Street Law Summit

The Court heard oral argument in one case at the Quaker Square Inn at the University of Akron as part of the 2010 Street Law Summit.  More than 100 students from high schools in Summit County participated in the program.  Judge Donna Carr, Judge Clair Dickinson, and Judge Carla Moore, presided over the oral argument and responded to questions from the students.

 

January 2010:

Judge Carr Reappointed to Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services

Chief Justice Moyer reappointed Judge Donna Carr as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services.  This Committee will offer recommendations to the Court on an ongoing basis regarding the use of interpreters in the courts.  Judge Carr's term runs through December 31, 2012.

 

January 2010:

Judge Moore named President of Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees

The Judicial College Board of Trustees installed its officers for 2010.  Judge Carla Moore of the Ninth District Court of Appeals will serve as chair of the Board of Trustees.  The Judicial College, an office within the Supreme Court of Ohio, was created in 1976 to help judges meet their mandatory education requirements.  The Judicial College offers training and education to Ohio judges, magistrates and court personnel.  The College’s operation is guided by a ten-member Board of Trustees.

 

September 2009:

Judge Whitmore named ASTAR Fellow

Judge Beth Whitmore was named to the position of Science and Technology Fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) Center.  To achieve this, she had to complete 120 hours of advanced scientific training in science.

 

August 2009:

Courtroom in the Classroom - University of Akron School of Law

The Court held oral arguments at the University of Akron School of Law on August 18, 2009.  Judge Beth Whitmore, Judge Clair Dickinson, and Judge Eve Belfance heard oral arguments as part of the Law School's Orientation Week programs for new law students.

 

April 2009:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Street Law Summit

The Court heard oral argument in one case at the Quaker Square Inn at the University of Akron as part of the 2009 Street Law Summit.  More than 200 students from high schools in Summit County participated in the program.  Judge Donna Carr, Judge Clair Dickinson, and Judge Beth Whitmore presided over the oral argument and responded to questions from the students.

 

August 2009:

Courtroom in the Classroom - University of Akron School of Law

The Court held oral arguments at the University of Akron School of Law on August 19, 2008.  Judge Lynn Slaby, Judge Beth Whitmore, and Judge Clair Dickinson heard oral arguments as part of the Law School's Orientation Week programs for new law students.

 

January 2008:

Courtroom in the Classroom - North Ridgeville High School

The Court visited North Ridgeville High School on Thursday, January 31, 2008.  Judge Donna Carr, Judge Carla Moore, and Judge Clair Dickinson heard oral arguments in three cases pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

November 2007:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Nordonia High School

The Court visited Nordonia High School on Tuesday, November 27, 2007.  Judge Lynn Slaby, Judge Carla Moore, and Judge Clair Dickinson heard oral arguments in five cases pending before the Court of Appeals.

 

May 2007:

Courtroom in the Classroom - University of Akron School of Law

Judge Lynn Slaby, Judge Beth Whitmore, and Judge Carla Moore heard oral arguments at the University of Akron School of Law on May 1, 2007.  The Court heard arguments at the Law School as part of Akron area Law Week 2007 festivities.

 

April 2007:

Take Your Child to Work Day

The Court welcomed about a dozen children and parents to the Court as part of Take Your Child to Work Day 2007.  The children of parents who work in the Ocasek Building visited the Court where they heard about the function of the Court and how judges decide cases.  The children enjoyed asking questions and taking pictures on the bench.

 

October 2006:

Judge Moore and Judge Slaby named ASTAR Fellows

Judge Whitmore selected for 2007 class of ASTAR Judges

Judge Lynn Slaby and Judge Carla Moore were elected to the position of Science and Technology Fellow of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource (ASTAR) Center.

The Judges have completed 120 hours of advanced scientific training in science. The courses included genetic engineering, bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology, forensic technology, nano sciences, and other technological courses.

The ASTAR program was a pilot program promoted by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer of the Ohio Supreme Court with Chief Judge Robert Bell of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. There were 20 judges from Ohio that have been elected to the position of “Fellow.” Due to the success of the program, a federal grant has been received to advance the program to judges from all 50 states.

Judge Slaby said that the knowledge gained from these courses will better equip judges to separate junk science from the best practices of modern science in the courtroom.

In a related announcement, Judge Beth Whitmore was selected by the Supreme Court of Ohio to be a member of the 2007 class of fifteen Ohio judges who will participate in the ASTAR program.
 

 

May 8, 2006:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Stow-Munroe Falls High School

The Court visited Stow-Munroe Falls High School on Monday, May 8, 2006.  Judge Lynn Slaby, Judge Donna Carr, and Judge Beth Whitmore heard oral arguments in two cases pending before the Ninth District Court of Appeals.

 

May 2, 2006:

Lawrence School Visit

About a dozen students from the Lawrence School, located in Broadview Heights, visited the Court for oral arguments on May 2, 2006.  Judge Carla Moore, a member of the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, and Judge Lynn Slaby spoke with the students before the oral arguments.

 

April 27, 2006:

Take Your Child to Work Day

The Court welcomed six children and their parents to the Court as part of Take Your Child to Work Day 2006.  The parents work in the Ocasek Building and asked if they could bring their children to visit the Court.  Judge Lynn Slaby invited the children and parents into the courtroom where he explained the function of the Court and how judges decide cases.  After his remarks, Judge Slaby and the children took several pictures on the bench, followed by a group picture with the parents.

 

One of the children asked why judges wear black robes.  The short answer is that it is simply the tradition of this country for judges to wear black robes, dating back to the founding of the nation.  Historically, there was a dispute between the founding fathers about what judges should wear.  John Adams, the second President, believed judges should wear robes with a wig, consistent with the practice in England.  Thomas Jefferson, the third President, preferred that judges wear traditional business suits.  A compromise resulted in judges wearing black robes as a symbol of impartiality.

 

March 23, 2006:

Courtroom in the Classroom - Medina High School

The Court visited Medina High School on Thursday, March 23, 2006.  Judge Donna Carr, Judge Carla Moore, and Judge Edna Boyle heard oral arguments in three cases pending before the Ninth District Court of Appeals.  You can read more about the visit on the school visit page.

 

March 13, 2006:

Judicial Systems: Promoting Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

International Visitor Leadership Program

On March, 13, 2006, the Court welcomed leaders from several countries---Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen---to discuss the rule of law  and judicial reform in the American judicial system.  The visitors included judges, prosecutors, a law school dean, and various members of government.  Judge Beth Whitmore made a brief opening presentation followed by a lively discussion including Judge Carla Moore and Judge Lynn C. Slaby.

This is one of several stops for the visitors and one they will surely remember.  They were pleased to have their picture taken on the bench to commemorate their visit.