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Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jul 20, 2020


The Toledo Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new website! Since launching on July 22, is looking better than ever. Our goal with this new design is to create a user-friendly browsing experience for all of our members. 

To get the most out of our new website, click here to set up your login. 

Once you have set up your new login, you will be able to access your personalized dashboard by clicking on the MyTBA button located on the top right corner of the website. There you will have access to the Online Member Directory, E-Communities, CLE Registration and many other member benefits. 

We encourage you to review and update your personal profile after creating your new login credentials. The professional information we have on file, including your photo, address and place of employment will be reflected in the printed edition of the 2021 TBA Legal Directory.  This information must be updated no later than September 15, 2020 and will be published in the printed directory unless otherwise noted.

The new website also includes email features which allows us to easily send email reminders and announcements. This means you may see emails from “”. Please note these emails are coming from TBA staff members.

We hope you enjoy the new website and thank you for your continued support. 


Posted by: Judith Lanzinger & Arlene Singer on Sep 21, 2020


As you no doubt know by now, on Friday U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away.  My friend, Judge Arlene Singer and I were asked to comment on her recent death.  Although I had the privilege of meeting several Supreme Court justices during my career, I regret that Justice Ginsburg was not among them. A lodestar of our profession, she made an impact on my life as she did on that of other lawyers, whether women or men. According to the New York Times, she was the most admired of all the current justices.  Her legacy will endure every time we in the profession stand for civility, equality and compassion.

Arlene prepared these remarks that I can’t improve upon: 

She changed the lives of all.

Reportedly shy, this diminutive person wielded a mighty pen with her towering intellect and robust sense of justice, fairness and compassion.  She fought tirelessly to break down the barriers to equality and to champion women's rights.

As a law student and lawyer she felt the sting of gender bias, even hiding a pregnancy to keep employment opportunities.  She graduated at the top of her class at Columbia Law School. Unable to find employment in the private sector, she accepted employment teaching. She was Columbia’s first tenured female professor. As a pioneer in the field, she didn't stop there.

As Director of the Women's Law Project of the ACLU, she made her mark.  She argued 6 cases before the US Supreme court, winning 5 of them.  Choosing her cases carefully and strategically she fed the idea of gender equality to the justices in little bites, until gender bias was finally recognized. She included   cases taking up the cause of men who were harmed by biased gender roles and unequal treatment of widowers and male caregivers.  As an important advocate who changed the playing field for us all, she didn't stop there.

Her judicial career culminated in appointment to the US Supreme Court, the second women on the Court. Her opinions exposed inequities in the law based on gender and race. But her fiery dissents, written for the ages, catapulted her to iconic status. She was respected and liked by her colleagues, even if they didn't agree with her. In more recent years she achieved rock star status as the Notorious RBG, whose image adorns t-shirts, bobble heads, coffee mugs and even tattoos.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a difference as a fighter for equality and as a role model for all, but for women and girls especially. Justice Ginsburg inspired us to be strong in our beliefs, principles and actions with compassion and respect.   



Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Sep 21, 2020

The Toledo Bar Association announces the results of the poll taken of its members, September 1 through 15, for the upcoming judicial elections on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 
Biographies of each judicial candidate and a link to an online poll were sent to members of the Toledo Bar Association asking them to rate the candidates as "highly recommended," "recommended," or "not recommended" to serve as judges. 

The qualifications were based on integrity, legal ability, legal experience, fair-mindedness, promptness, professionalism, and judicial temperament, public and community services, and other qualifications bearing upon their fitness for the office.
Members were instructed to vote only if they had sufficient information concerning the candidates to form an opinion of their qualifications. There were 433 responses. 


Highly Recommended


Not Recommended

Sixth District Court of Appeals
Term Commencing January 2021




Myron C Duhart II

71.71% (289)

24.81% (100)

3.47% (14)

Charles Sulek

10.71% (24)

23.66% (53)

65.63% (147)





Sixth District Court of Appeals
Term Commencing January 2021




Thomas J. Osowik

74.47% (280)

22.07% (83)

3.46% (13)





Lucas County Court of Common Pleas -General
Term Commencing January 2021




Alfonso J. Gonzalez

21.47% (73)

33.82% (115)

44.71% (152)

Lori L. Olender

41.16% (135)

41.16% (135)

17.68% (58)





Lucas County Court of Common Pleas -General
Term Commencing January 2021




Ian B. English

64.32% (238)

32.43% (120)

3.24% (12)





Lucas County Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division
Term Commencing January 2021




Lisa D. McGowan

43.20% (143)

39.58% (131)

17.22% (57)





Lucas County Court of Common Pleas –
Juvenile Division

Term Commencing January 2021




Denise Navarre Cubbon

65.67% (241)

27.79% (102)

6.54% (24)





Lucas County Court of Common Pleas –
Probate Division

Term Commencing January 2021




Jack R. Puffenberger

76.90% (303)

18.53% (73)

4.57% (18)





Wood County Court of Common Pleas –

General Division

Term Commencing January 2021




Joel M. Kuhlman

42.79% (89)

38.46% (80)

18.75% (39)

Corey J. Speweik

24.59% (45)

36.61% (67)

38.80% (71)





Wood County Court of Common Pleas –
Probate Division

Term Commencing January 2021




David E. Woessner

64.31% (164)

34.12% (87)

1.57% (4)



Posted by: Donna Williamson on Sep 8, 2020

        For the third time in as many months, the Toledo Bar has been rocked with the passing of a great jurist. Judge Peter Handwork served first on the Common Pleas bench and advanced to the Sixth District Court of Appeals. All who knew him lauded him for his patience and kindness, and for his willingness to act as a teacher to younger lawyers. He was witty, and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. The entire Bar mourns his passing, and sincerest condolences are extended to his wife, Claudia, and the rest of his family.

                                      William G. Meyer, President

Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Aug 27, 2020


The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order (opens in a new window) allowing Ohio attorneys to receive required Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for serving as precinct election officials on Election Day this fall. The decision supports the Secretary’s Ready for November initiative by recruiting new poll workers to ensure Ohio voters have a safe, secure and fair election.

“Safe and accessible in-person voting is essential, and that requires large numbers of dedicated poll workers who will deliver accurate, accessible, secure, elections for their fellow Ohioans,” Secretary LaRose said. “The smart, hard-working, patriotic men and women who practice law in our state are ideally suited for this crucial public service.”

Poll workers are essential to running elections. Ohio's 88 county Boards of Elections have historically relied on over 35,000 patriotic Ohioans to operate voting locations and assist fellow voters with casting a ballot. With more than 65% of Ohio poll workers being age 61 or over, there is a concern that many may choose not to serve this November due to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on older populations. To address this, Secretary LaRose has made poll worker recruitment a top priority.

Currently there are over 49,000 licensed attorneys in Ohio who are ideally suited to serve our communities as poll workers. Their attention to detail and ability to quickly grasp the nuances of the responsibility make them ideal candidates to be on the front lines of our democratic process. Attorneys in Ohio are required to complete 24 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) every two years.

“Ohio attorneys have a long record of public service,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said. “I can think of no greater opportunity for lawyers in Ohio to give back to our state than to get involved on election day and help fill the urgent need for poll workers.”

Spearheaded by the Elections Division at the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office and the Ohio Association of Elections Officials, LaRose’s office petitioned the court for this change beginning last year. Yesterday’s order by the Ohio Supreme Court makes a temporary rule change to allow any Ohio attorney who serves as a poll worker to receive CLE credits.

This order makes Ohio the first state in the nation to take this innovative approach to strengthening elections and better preparing for November. Lawyers in Lucas County who are interested in serving should sign up to be a poll worker at the Lucas County Board of Elections, other area attorneys can start the process at

If you have attempted to register with the Ohio Secretary of State to act as a poll worker on November 3, and still have not heard back, please contact either of these members of the Lucas County Board of Elections: Veronica Hill: 419-213-2034 or Robert Royster: 419-213-2043. They can provide further information as to training dates and related information.

If you are interested, but have not decided, please see these frequently asked questions.

Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Aug 14, 2020


The Toledo legal community is mourning the loss of an empathetic, fair and well-respected judge. Retired Judge Frederick H. McDonald passed away last Tuesday unexpectedly in his home. He had been active member of the Toledo Bar Association since 1970. 
There are so many nice things that can be said about Judge Fred McDonald. He was smart, good humored, and carried himself with extraordinary grace and dignity, and treated others, regardless of station, the same way. Toledo Bar Association President William Meyer recalls two separate conversations that he had with two separate judges about Fred. One was the late Hon. J. Ronald Bowman, and the other was the Hon. Jack Puffenberger of Probate Court. Both said essentially the same thing. When either of them had a question about law, legal procedure, or just an issue in their personal lives, they sought out the Honorable Fred McDonald for his unfailingly correct advice and counsel. “Fred was a judge's judge, which is the only way to describe the esteem he was held in by his colleagues on the bench, and in the bar,” William Meyer said. “He'll be greatly missed.”
Our condolences go out to the family, friends and community for the loss of the Honorable Frederick Hill McDonald. Read more on the kind remarks our community has on Judge McDonald here. 


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Aug 10, 2020


It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Judge James D. Jensen who served as president of the Toledo Bar Association from 1998 -1999.

Described as a caring man who never knew a stranger, Judge Jensen was an influence to both the Association and lawyers. His compassion and support of others demonstrates his strong leadership. During his term as president, Judge Jensen worked closely with the three vice presidents, the executive board and staff to put a long term vision in place and worked collaboratively to accomplish it. It was Judge Jensen who recognized the lack of diversity on the board and implemented a Diversity appointment made by the president after the board elections, this diversity board appointment is still practiced today. He strongly encouraged support in the Pro Bono Legal Services Program and also believed in providing resources and mentorship for attorneys just starting their careers.

Current TBA President, Bill Meyer spoke fondly of Judge Jensen stating that “he will be described with many accolades due to a life well lived. A "mensch" ,in German, is a person of integrity and honor. The opposite of mensch is a person who treats others cruelly and without compassion. Simply stated, Judge Jim Jensen was a mensch.” Below is a fond recollection of his long time support for the Food Basket program to benefit the Salvation Army (photographed in 1998).

Our condolences go out to his family and the many friends he made in our community. For Judge Jensen’s obituary, read here.


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jul 30, 2020



The Toledo Bar Association (TBA) Pro Bono Legal Services program was selected as one of three winners of the 2020 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Community Partnership Challenge. The contest is an opportunity to highlight nonmonetary, community partnerships between VHA and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. This event enables the Dr. Richard A. Stone, Executive in Charge Veterans Health Administration, to recognize the extraordinary work accomplished through these partnerships.

This year’s contest theme is The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.  Each submission to this year’s contest showed how a particular partnership benefits Veterans and advances VA’s mission by addressing one or more of six social determinants of health that were the focus for this year’s contest: education, employment, food security, housing, spiritual support, and/or transportation.  More than 40 entries were submitted this year!


In partnership with the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center’s Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic, the Toledo Bar Association has been providing free monthly walk-in clinics to help Veterans with legal issues that affect social determinants of health such as access to employment and safe housing. The clinic was developed by Michelle M. Tussing, TBA Director of Pro Bono Legal Services and Leslie Witherell, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator of the Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic in 2015.

Since its inception, 895 Veterans have been served by a team of private practice lawyers, some of whom are Veterans themselves. The success of this program would not be possible without those attorneys who frequently volunteer their time and knowledge. Volunteers include Todd Noll, Cindy M. Kirby, Mike D. Kirby, David J. Borell, Nick P. Wainwright, Jim Jones, Laura M. Dettinger and University of Toledo College of Law students Amelia Wolf and Misty D. Goodrick. Three lawyers who attend the monthly clinics have obtained VA accreditation and are well-versed in benefits and surviving spouse benefits.  

The pro-bono attorneys work to prevent and remedy employment discrimination, secure service-connected educational benefits, and assist in securing unemployment compensation and/or unpaid wages. They also help Veterans with eviction notices, landlord-tenant issues, and bankruptcy, which has a direct effect on securing stable, safe housing for Veterans and their families. This partnership aims to release Veterans from legal burdens, which also aids in reducing the overall “stress of life” which, in turn, can also reduce suicidality. The free monthly clinics have saved Veterans more than $344,000 in legal services, in the form of routine specific needs or focus areas such as durable power of attorney.

The award will be received by Tussing and Witherell at a virtual ceremony on August 27, 2020.


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jul 1, 2020


Attorney William G. Meyer was sworn in as 120th President of the Toledo Bar Association for the 2020-2021 membership year on Monday, June 29, 2020.



Meyer primarily practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law at William G. Meyer Attorney at Law and is of-counsel at Spengler Nathanson, PLL. A native of New York, Meyer found himself studying law at the University of Toledo after serving in the Marine Corps. He then established his practice here after being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1977.

Meyer took the oath of office from Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Meyer formally assumed leadership duties for the Toledo Bar Association on July 1.

Other officers for 2020-2021 include:

1st Vice President, Hon. Myron C. Duhart, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas
2nd Vice President, Sarah K. Skow, Esq., Spengler Nathanson, PLL
Treasurer, Jeremiah P. O’Brien, Esq., LaValley, LaValley, Today & Schaefer Co., LPA
Secretary, Michael E. Bryant, Esq., solo practioner

A complete listing of the Toledo Bar Association Board of Directors follows.


Service Awards Presented to Paula Hicks-Hudson and Carasusana B. Wall

The Toledo Bar Association also presented the following awards to members during a virtual Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
The Community Service Award was presented to Paula Hicks-Hudson for years of work in the community and more recently her service as “legal eagle” of the Toledo Buffalo Soldiers.

The recipient of the Trustees Award for outstanding service and involvement in the Toledo Bar Association and legal community is Carasusana B. Wall, partner at Zoll & Kranz, LLC.

The Toledo Bar Association, a voluntary professional association of 1450 attorneys, is observing its 142nd year of service to attorneys practicing in Northwest Ohio, including continuing legal education and a pro bono legal services program.


2020–2021 Board of Directors

Effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

  • President William G. Meyer
  • First Vice President Hon. Myron C. Duhart
  • Second Vice President Sarah K. Skow
  • Secretary Michael E. Bryant
  • Treasurer Jeremiah P. O’Brien


  • Dean Benjamin Barros
  • Kurt W. Bruderly
  • Timothy W. Effler
  • Valerie J. Fatica
  • Mag. Trevor N. Fernandes
  • Ashley A. Futrell
  • Evy M. Jarrett
  • Cindy M. Kirby
  • Tammy G. Lavalette
  • Hon. Christine E. Mayle
  • Adam S. Nightingale
  • Jane E. Roman
  • Robert C. Tucker
  • Carasusana B. Wall
  • LaTanya R. Wilson
  • Patricia A. Wise
  • Craig M. Witherell
  • Peter G. Rost – Past President




Posted by: Peter Rost on Jun 10, 2020


The Toledo Bar Association joins the Nation in condemning the killing of George Floyd and the countless others who have experienced injustice because of the color of their skin.

We believe that black lives not only matter, but black lives are valued, black lives are worthy and black lives deserve justice. As lawyers, we are sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Ohio.

Accordingly, we have a responsibility to speak out and act against injustices and to condemn intolerance. In the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” The Toledo Bar Association pledges to work to promote and advance the values of inclusion and equal justice, which are fundamental principles of this organization and of the legal profession.

We will work within our Association and we will join the larger community in honest reflection, conversation and action to assure equal justice for all.


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