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Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jan 21, 2021

Thank you for joining us for the 81st Annual Joint Ceremony of the Toledo Bar Association, Lucas County Bar Association, Thurgood Marshall Law Association, Toledo Women’s Bar Association to pay tribute to the members of the Bar who have passed away during the last year. Due to the status of the health pandemic, the Memorial Committee has released a pre-recorded video below. 

John A. Coble
Pastor Elizabeth Rand of Monroe Street United Methodist Church

John A. Coble
Krysten E. Beech
William G. Meyer
John A. Coble




Walter J. Kosydar    
Memorial Start Time:  2:39
September 17, 1929 – March 27, 2019
Admission to bar:  May 5, 1973
    Gary McBride, Chair 
    Hon. Jack Puffenberger
    Jack Wanick

Charles J. Mira    
Memorial Start Time:  5:51
December 12, 1957 – May 23, 2019
Admission to bar:  November 1, 1983
    Jack Wanick, Chair
    Steve Serraino
    Christopher Parker

John M. Curphey    
Memorial Start Time: 8:10
June 8, 1927 – July 3, 2019
Admission to bar:  August 17, 1953
    James D. Curphey, Chair
    Hon. Jack Zouhary
    James E. Brazeau

Paul David Giha    
Memorial Start Time: 10:39
February 23, 1938 – August 9, 2019
Admission to bar: October 17, 1964
    Joseph Dawson, Chair
    Jude Aubry

Kenneth W. Phillips    
Memorial Start Time: 12:05
December 31, 1957 – August 17, 2019
Admission to bar:  November 6, 1989
    Patricia Horner, Chair
    William G. Meyer
    Christopher Parker

William Byrne    
Memorial Start Time: 14:00
July 31, 1948 –August 24, 2019
Admission to bar:  November 6, 1981
    Hon. David Lewandowski, Chair
    Ronald McCourt
    Alan D. Mutchler

George F. Runner    
Memorial Start Time: 16:54
November 18, 1946 – September 13, 2019
Admission to bar:  November 7, 1975
    Raymond A. Runner, Chair
    James Yavorcik
    Michael A. Bruno

Philip R. Joelson    
Memorial Start Time: 18:55
April 19, 1934 – December 3, 2019
Admission to bar: May 25, 1961
    H. Buswell Roberts, Jr., Chair
    Christopher Parker
    Catherine Garcia-Feehan

Peter L. Moran    
Memorial Start Time: 21:19
March 12, 1925 – December 12, 2019
Admission to bar:  March 25, 1953
    Mary Beth Moran, Chair

John Lyndal Hagemeyer    
Memorial Start Time: 23:06
April 9, 1926 – February 10, 2020
 Admission to bar:  August 21, 1952
    R. Jeffrey Lydy, Chair
    Carl N. White
    Michael A. Bruno

Earl N. Witzler    
Memorial Start Time: 25:15
March 5, 2929 – February 28, 2020
Admission to bar:  September 5, 1956
    Krysten Beech, Chair

Mark Duane Wagoner, Sr.    
Memorial Start Time: 27:02
April 4, 1943 – March 18, 2020
Admission to bar:  November 2, 1968
    Cathy Garcia-Feehan, Chair

Rabbi Alan Mayor Sokobin    
Memorial Start Time: 31:00
March 8, 1926 – April 3, 2020
    Cathy Garcia-Feehan, Chair
    Michael A. Bruno

Brandon Grey Schnorf    
Memorial Start Time: 36:14
August 19, 1931 – April 20, 2020
Admission to bar:  October 9, 1958
    Kevin Ferguson, Chair
    Michael A. Bruno
    Christopher Parker

Phillip S. Oberlin    
Memorial Start Time: 41:45
April 11, 1933 – April 29, 2020
Admission to bar:  October 7, 1959
    Krysten Beech, Chair

Richard J. Sullivan    
Memorial Start Time: 42:55
November 14, 1931 – April 14, 2020
Admission to bar:  October 9, 1958
    Jack Wanick, Chair
    Michael A. Bruno
    Christopher Parker

Keithley B. Sparrow    
Memorial Start Time: 45:07
June 11, 1946 – June 13, 2020
Admission to bar:  May 7, 1979
    Donna M. Engwert-Loyd, Chair
    Eric E. Marks

Dorothy B. McCrory    
Memorial Start Time: 49:07
April 19, 1938 – June 15, 2020
Admission to bar:  May 5, 1960
    Kurt M. Young, Chair
    Hon. June Galvin

James Porcello, Jr.    
Memorial Start Time: 52:16
October 3, 1951 – June 16, 2020
Admission to bar:  November 4, 1977
    Charles R. Schaub, Chair
    Christopher D. Marriott
    Patrick P. Pacella

Richard G. Farrar    
Memorial Start Time: 54:44
June 29, 1935 – June 26, 2020
Admission to bar:  October 19, 1966
    John Naayers, Chair
    William M. Connelly
    Michael A. Bruno

Scott Edward Spencer    
Memorial Start Time: 57:46
January 11, 1948 – July 2, 2020
Admission to bar:  November 2, 1979
    Lorin Zaner, Chair
    Richard Walinski
    Kenneth Mickel

John M. Carey    
Memorial Start Time: 1:00:00
March 4, 1951 – July 30, 2020
Admission to bar:  April 28, 1978
    Ann McCauley, Chair
    Hon. George Glasser (retired)
    John J. McHugh, III

Hon. James D. Jensen    
Memorial Start Time: 1:02:42
February 26, 1943 – August 6, 2020
Admission to bar:  May 2, 1970
    William G. Meyer, Chair
    Christopher Parker
    John Coble

Peter M. Zaums    
Memorial Start Time: 1:05:30
July 10, 1944 – August 9, 2020
Admission to bar:  May 5, 1973
    Joseph Dawson, Chair

Hon. Frederick H. McDonald    
Memorial Start Time: 1:07:48
August 8, 1943 – August 11, 2020
Admission to bar:  December 30, 1968
    Charles McDonald, Chair
    Guy Barone
    Joe Stancati

Hon. Peter M. Handwork    
Memorial Start Time: 1:11:18
December 2, 1941 – September 5, 2020
Admission to bar: October 19, 1966
   Tom Handwork, Chair
   All of Judge Handwork’s bailiffs, staff attorneys and law clerks in the Common Pleas and Appellate Division.
   The Judges and attorneys with whom Judge Handwork practiced, participated and mediated during his career.


Download Program



Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jan 8, 2021


2021 TBA Diversity Luncheon - Friday, February 19th
Remember the smell of your grandmother’s cooking, or simply spending hours in the kitchen during family holidays as food is prepared and grabbing a taste before sitting down for dinner? A family recipe is a way to reminisce, to document timeless family traditions, and to bring family and friends together. We’re celebrating the Diversity Luncheon a bit differently this year. We invite you to submit a family recipe to the TBA and tell us why it’s a special recipe for you so that we can share your family tradition with other members. Please submit your family recipe by Friday February 12, 2021 to for publication.  

We are also encouraging members to order lunch/dinner on Friday February 19th from a local ethnic restaurant of your choosing to support our friends in the restaurant industry during this difficult time. Tag the TBA and the restaurant you choose on social media. The TBA will host a virtual happy hour on Friday, February 19th at 7:00pm. Click here to register

Restaurants are a labor of love and are often born through family traditions and recipes. Submit a photo of your receipt/dinner to by midnight on Sunday, February 21, 2021 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant. A winner will be drawn at random. 

Below is a list of some of our favorite authentic restaurants:

Jamaican Spice
Caribbean Breeze

QQ Restaurant
Jing Chuan
Hot Sizzlin Wok
The China (In Bowling Green)
Bai Du (Perrysburg)
BM Chen
Little Asia
Flower Drum
Ya-Ya’s Kitchen
Balance Grill

Tony Packo’s

Tandoor of India
Star of India
Indian Jewel of Toledo
Bombay Kitchen

Sebatiatno’s Italiano
M Osteria Bar & Lounge
Calvino’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Inky’s Italian
Mancy’s Italian
Basil Pizza & Wine Bar
Rosie’s Italian

Kengo Sushi & Yakitori
Rice Blvd
Kyoto Ka
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant
Domo Sushi
Kira Steakhouse
Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi
Tea Tree Asian Bistro

Georgio’s Café International 
Souk Mediterranean Kitchen
The Beirut
Lazeez Mediterranean Cuisine
Grape Leaf Express
Byblos Fine Lebanese
Poco Piatti
Mano’s Greek Restaurant
Sidon Lebanese
Damascene Grill
Tiger Bakery

Lowrider Café
El Tipico
San Marcos
Carlos Poco Loco (Cuban & Mexican)
Cucina de Carlos
El Vaquero
El Camino Real
Mi Hacienda
Cinco de Mayo
Latin Cravings Factory
Chosica Peruvian Restaurant

Josephine’s Soul Food
J Maes Home Cooking
HotBox Bistro
Ruby’s Kitchen
Ubn’s Soul Food

Rose Thai
Bangkok Kitchen
Toledo Thai
Bangkok Cafe

Pho Viet Nam
Pho Noodle


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Dec 30, 2020


The Robert A. Kelb Distinguished Service Award, the Toledo Bar Association’s highest award for service to the association and membership, was presented virtually to Thomas G. Pletz on December 30 by TBA president, William G. Meyer. To watch the complete presentation and acceptance of the award, click the video link below.

Thank you, Tom for your continued service and dedication to the legal community and seeing the importance of mentorship in the 'Toledo Way' of practicing law in NW Ohio. Congratulations on this well-deserved award!


Tom Pletz served on the TBA Board of Trustees from 1981-1994. Throughout his years of involvement in the TBA, Pletz has served on numerous committees and continues to volunteer annually at the High School District Mock Trial Competition. In 2003, he co-authored a “legal History of Lucas County” memorial book as TBA 125th anniversary project. 

He was President of the U.T. Law Alumni Board in 1979-1980 and was President of the Toledo Junior Bar Association (1982-83). In 1995 he received the Toledo Junior Bar Association Order of the Heel award as the senior bar member most helpful to young attorneys. Pletz has been admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and is a Life Member of the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference. He served as a Member of the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners for 10 years, and as its Chair (1996-1999), when the Board raised the exam pass standard and added the Multi-State Performance Test. He served 26 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring as a Surface Warfare and Special Warfare Officer with the rank of Commander. Pletz continues to be an active leader in local church groups and area judicial campaigns and has served on several area boards in the community. 

As partner of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, where he has practiced since 1972, Pletz focuses in the areas of constitutional and statutory rights, and in defamation and education law, as well as complex product liability cases, special remedies, and religious organizations. Since 1990, he has been an Acting Judge in Sylvania Municipal Court, for which he has written numerous decisions on a wide variety of civil and criminal law issues. He has been trial counsel of record in more than 40 reported state and federal court appellate decisions.

The Kelb Award is presented by the Board of Directors of the Toledo Bar Association to a member of the TBA who has unselfishly served the Bar Association and its members. The award is named after Robert A. Kelb, who practiced law in Toledo for 58 years. Mr. Kelb’s dedication to service was demonstrated by his involvement with many organizations – fraternal, professional and charitable. In 1943, Robert Kelb was elected as President of the Lucas County Bar Association and in 1968 served as President of the Toledo Bar Association. The recipients are persons who consistently devote time and talents in service to the Toledo Bar Association through work on its various committees.

Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Dec 29, 2020


Board of Directors
Nominations for 2nd Vice President and Toledo Bar Association Board of Directors will be accepted through February 9, 2021. Nominations can be made via self-nomination or by a current TBA member. All nominees must be current TBA members.
TBA Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the Toledo Bar Association’s Trustees Award and Community Service Award, to be presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting in June. The deadline for nominations is March 23, 2021. 
The Trustees Award is given by the Board of Directors to a young member of the Association who exemplifies professionalism in the practice of law and who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the profession through active involvement in the TBA. For past recipients of the Trustees Award, click here
The Community Service Award is presented to a TBA member who demonstrates a commitment to service to community organizations or activities that are not law related. For past recipients of the Community Service Award, click here
Submit All Nominations To: 
TBA Nominations Committee
Peter G. Rost, Chair
311 N. Superior St. 
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Fax: 419-242-3614


Posted by: William Meyer on Dec 23, 2020



The 2020 Holiday Season is mirroring the rest of the year in many ways. Travel plans are changing, Zoom is being used to connect with family and friends and traditions are being altered to accommodate social distancing. While you are probably looking forward to kicking 2020 to the curb, I urge you to take time this Holiday Season to give thanks for the things that matter most to you. 

To help you get into the holiday spirit, we have developed a few videos below for your viewing pleasure. On behalf of the TBA Board of Directors and staff, we wish you and your family a joyous holiday season. 


William Meyer, President




Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Dec 1, 2020


It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of the Honorable Judge James E. Barber.

Judge Barber served as a judge in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for 30 years before retiring. He would have celebrated his 2 year anniversary as a visiting judge with our court in January, 2021.

When asked, TBA President William Meyer shared that Judge Jim Barber is best described by his own words: "I address each person as a person I respect, as a child of God". That is the way he treated lawyers and parties before him. He had a kindness about him that he  extended to everyone he met, including exchange students from the other side of the world. Our condolences to his wife, Sandy, and the rest of his family. Judge Barber will be missed by all those who had the honor of working with him or practicing before him. Rest in Peace. 

Read more here for arrangements. 



Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Dec 1, 2020


Giving Tuesday


Giving Tuesday was created eight years ago with the goal of encouraging people across the world to give back and do some good in their community. This Giving Tuesday, December 1st, we ask that you donate to the Justice for All Campaign and/or the Toledo Bar Association Foundation (TBAF) to help us continue to do good in our community.

Justice for All Campaign
The Justice for All Campaign is a fundraising partnership among ABLE, LAWO, the TBA Pro Bono Legal Services Program. As the sole providers of free civil legal aid to low-income residents of Northwest Ohio, the Justice for All Campaign unites our fundraising efforts to ensure that vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community have equal access to the legal system.

To support the efforts of ABLE, LAWO and the TBA Pro Bono Legal Services Program, click here. 

Toledo Bar Association Foundation 
The Toledo Bar Association Foundation (TBAF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and serves as the philanthropic arm of the Toledo Bar Association. This year the Foundation supported the Association’s initiative providing free, unlimited CLE to members and its Fellowship Collaborative, which helps new attorneys start solo practices in Toledo.  

In addition to internal programs, the TBAF gave funds to amazing local organizations that are tackling important issues and working to improve our community. They are assisting human trafficking survivors, working to reduce recidivism, helping to provide safe child visitation for separated families, and increasing diversity in the legal profession.

A gift to the TBAF will continue to provide support for programs in the community that further our interest in promoting justice and respect for the law. All gifts are eligible for charitable deductions on your federal income tax return if you itemize deductions. 

To donate to the TBAF, click here.

Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Nov 11, 2020

TBA Foundation Signs Up for AmazonSmile

When shopping this holiday season, consider using AmazonSmile. A a portion of your sale will benefit the Toledo Bar Association Foundation (TBAF). AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

How to Shop Amazon Smile:

  1. Go to
  2. Login or create an Amazon account
  3. Select the Toledo Bar Association Foundation as your nonprofit organization of choice
  4. Search, read the reviews, shop and purchase
  5. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to TBAF
  6. Remember to start at anytime you log on to Amazon to shop


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Oct 23, 2020



Effective November 1, 2020, Ohio attorneys will be required to provide an electronic service email address to the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services. The electronic service address may be used by the Board of Professional Conduct or the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Clerk of Court to serve notices and orders pursuant to Gov.Bar R. V (“Discipline Procedure”).  The electronic service address will not replace the attorneys’ email address on file with the Office of Attorney Services, although attorneys may use the same email address for both purposes.  An attorney’s email address and electronic service email address are confidential and not available for public access.


To provide an electronic service address, please log into the Attorney Services Portal using your attorney registration number and password.  Click here if you forgot your password.  You may be taken directly to a screen where you can update your email address. If this does not happen go to “Edit Info” or “My Information” and enter the email address you wish to designate as your electronic service address. You must check the box confirming that you have reviewed your contact information and then click “Submit” at the bottom of the page to save your changes.  


Please provide an electronic service address as soon as possible.  If an attorney does not designate an electronic service address by date, the email address on file with the Office of Attorney Services will be used as the attorney’s electronic service address.


Please contact Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services at with “Electronic Service” in the subject line if you have any questions.


Posted by: William Meyer on Oct 23, 2020



This afternoon, through a lot of hard work by Steve Collier, a very informative Kiroff Bench Bar Conference was presented regarding Law in the Time of Corona. This was presented as a live-interactive webinar via Zoom. There were over one-hundred ten (110) members logged in for this event. If you could not attend today's seminar you'll have an opportunity to watch the webcast video replay on Wednesday, December 2nd.  

We were graced to hear from Dr. Jennifer Hanrahan, an Associate Professor, and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, UTMC. Dr. Hanrahan gave an excellent but sobering presentation on the winter ahead of us. While there is still much unknown about transmission and infection rates, Dr. Hanrahan was very clear on the scientific evidence that physical distancing, wearing face masks, and eye protection are the most effective means of limiting transmission of Covid-19.

I’d like to thank all the participants in the Kiroff Bench Bar Conference for their roles in making it a success. I’d specifically like to thank Dr. Hanrahan for her advice, and would strongly request that the membership heed it. 

Stay safe, and wear a mask!  


My regards,

Bill Meyer, Esq.
TBA President



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