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OAM News
(Updated: August 26, 2014)

August 22, 2014 Registration now Open for OAM 25th Anniversary Fall Conference
Registration is now open for the 2014 OAM Fall Conference Annual Meeting & Seminars, which will take place October 1-3, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North. This will be the OAM’s 25th Anniversary and we are expecting a record turnout so register early. Please note that you will NOT be receiving a mailed version of the brochure containing the conference program and registration information. Rather, you can register online by logging in here: http://judicialecademy.ohio.gov/. You can also view the brochure by clicking here. Online registration is easy and will automatically generate a confirmation email for you, which you can then print and mail with your payment to Sandy Clary. You will need your attorney registration number and Supreme Court of Ohio attorney password to login to Judicial eCademy and register for this conference. If you have misplaced your password, there are easy-to-follow instructions under the Login link to reset it. Also, please note the volunteer opportunity on Wednesday evening, October 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to clean up the Olentangy Trail. If you are interested in participating, please make sure you select this option when completing the on-line registration form. If you have any further questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Ann Weatherhead at 216-443-8827 or (cell) 216-534-3632 or e-mail her at clevodogfan@gmail.com with questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Crowne Plaza North Hotel in Columbus on October 1-3, 2014!

June 4, 2014 Magistrate Dick Altman becomes President of AFCC
Magistrate Dick Altman of the Fulton and Henry County Common Pleas Court just began a one-year term as President of The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) at its 51st annual Conference in Toronto last week. Dick was last year’s recipient of the OAM Education Award and works for Henry County Family Court Judge Denise McColley who previously served as President of the AFCC Board.

May 12, 2014 Ohio Judicial Conference honors OAM
On May 2, 2014, during the Executive Committee Meeting of the Ohio Judicial Conference, approximately 50 judges voted unanimously to pass a resolution congratulating and recognizing the OAM for its many accomplishments over the past 25 years.
Click HERE to view the resolution
The OAM extends special thanks to OJC Chair, Judge Jim James, and OJC Executive Director, Retired Judge Mark Schweikert, for supporting this great resolution.

May 2, 2014 Record Turnout for OAM Spring Conference
A record 140 Magistrates attended the 2014 OAM Spring Conference held at the beautiful Quail Hollow Resort in Painesville. The CLE received great reviews and a number of Magistrates gave back to the community by joining in a cleanup efforts for the Lake Metroparks.

March 10, 2014 OAM Creates Doug Sendry Memorial Scholarship
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, the OAM Board has created the Doug Sendry Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of this great OAM Past President, Life Member and long-time Education and Ethics Chair. The scholarship will award a stipend of up to $2,500.00 to an OAM member to attend a CLE program of the recipient's choice, thereby providing another opportunity to further the education of our current members. The courses may be selected from accredited sources including the National Judicial College , the ABA , the National Center for State Courts and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts . The only thing the OAM asks in return is that the recipient of the award develop and present a judicial college course related to the CLE at an OAM Spring or Fall Conference. The OAM will assist the recipient in designing and presenting the course. To be considered for the scholarship, download and complete the application available by clicking on the following link: Sendry Scholarship Application.

Completed applications should be emailed, faxed or mailed to Magistrate David Jump no later than July 1, 2014.

The winner will be selected by the scholarship committee based solely on the content of the application.

February 26, 2014 2013 Salary Survey Now Available
The OAM is pleased to announce that the 2013 OAM Salary Survey has been completed and is now available for viewing and download from this Website. Two versions are available in pdf format, one sorted by Practice Area and the other by Court. To view the Survey, click on the top link "Member Services" and scroll down to "Salary Surveys", or Click here. You will need your Username and Password to open the pdf. If you don't remember it, please email us. Many thanks to Magistrate Barbara Porzio of the Medina County Common Pleas Court for once again compiling this valuable information.

January 15, 2014 New Magistrate Orientation 2014 set for Mohican Lodge
The Judicial College has just announced that the 2014 New Magistrate Orientation will be taking place Wednesday through Friday, March 12-14, 2014 at the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center, Perrysville. This annual orientation provides a great opportunity to ease the transition from bar to bench and provides great tools to advance knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.

See the Course Brochure for details

Judicial eCademy Login & Course Registration Information

December 23, 2013 Mark Huberman named Chair of the Commission on the Rules of Practice & Procedure
The OAM is pleased to announce that Chief Magistrate Mark Huberman of the Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court has been appointed by Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor to serve a two year term as Chair of the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure commencing January 1, 2014. Magistrate Huberman is serving his second three year term on the Commission and is the first Magistrate ever appointed to this leadership position. Huberman is a Charter Member of the OAM and continues to serve as Seventh District Representative. He is also a Past-President of the OAM and has served as Co-Chair of the Fall Conferences for the past several years.

November 15, 2013 New Executive Committee leads OAM
At its November meeting, the OAM Board of Trustees elected a new Executive Committee to lead the OAM in the coming year. Joining Nancy McMillen as new OAM President, the new leadership team includes Pam Heringhaus of Wood County Domestic Relations Court as First Vice-President, James Lyle of Franklin County Domestic Relations Juvenile Court as Second Vice President and Tom Freeman of Summit County Juvenile Court as Treasurer. Ken Roll of Lake County Common Pleas Court continues his long tenure as OAM Secretary and Greg Clifford of the Cleveland Municipal Court becomes the new Immediate Past President.

November 15, 2013 Nancy McMillen Elected New OAM President
At its November meeting, the OAM Board of Trustees unanimously elected Magistrate Nancy McMillen of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court to become President of the OAM succeeding Magistrate Greg Clifford of the Cleveland Municipal Court whose term came to an end. Magistrate McMillen has been a Magistrate since 1996 had has been on the Board since 2001. She has served as Chair or Co-Chair of our Fall Conferences since 2006 and is a leader in her own Court serving as a board member of their Guardian ad Litem Project as well as a member of their Local Rules and Digital Recording Committees. Four seven years she represented the OAM on the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence and currently serves on the OJC Magistrates Committee. For the past two years she has served as OAM First Vice-President.

November 14, 2013 Former Referee Mark Reed appointed Clerk of Ohio Supreme Court
The OAM is proud to report that former Referee/Magistrate Mark Reed was recently appointed by the Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court as Clerk of Court replacing Kristina Frost who retired August 30, 2013. Mark began his career as a Referee of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court where he went on to become Court Administrator. Most recently Mark served as administrator of the Ohio Court of Claims where he increased the dignity and utilization of magistrates and encouraged their membership in the OAM. To read the feature on Mark Reed in Court News Ohio, Click Here

October 3, 2013 Richard Altman receives OAM Education Award
At the 2013 Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet, Magistrate Richard Altman of the Henry County Family Court was presented the OAM Education Award. Magistrate Altman is a national leader in field of mediation and served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Dispute Resolution. He has been a frequent presenter at OAM Conferences and for the Ohio Judicial College.

October 3, 2013 Ken Roll Presented OAM President’s Award
At the 2013 Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet, OAM President Greg Clifford presented the prestigious OAM President’s Award to Magistrate Kenneth Roll of the Lake County Common Pleas Court in recognition of Ken’s extraordinary tenure as OAM Secretary dating back to 1994 as well as his having chaired or co-chaired numerous Spring Conferences and taking charge of the Spring and Fall Conference Networking Suites.

October 3, 2013 Judges James receives OAM Judicial Award
Judge Jim James of the Stark County Family Court was a recipient of the 2013 OAM Judicial Award presented at the Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet. Judge James was a Referee back at the time of the founding of the OAM and has been a strong supporter of our Association. He currently serves as Chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference.

October 3, 2013 Judge Bratka receives OAM Judicial Award
Judge Dan Bratka of the Logan County Family Court was a recipient of the 2013 OAM Judicial Awards presented at the Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet. Judge Bratka was a Magistrate of his Court from 2005-2012 before being appointed to the Bench by Governor Kasich. He was later elected to a full term. Judge Bratka was a frequent attendee of OAM Conferences and credits his education and training as a Magistrate for his success on the bench.

October 3, 2013 Justice William O'Neill addresses record OAM Fall Conference
Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice William O'Neill gave the keynote address to a record 274 Magistrates from around the state who gathered for the 2013 OAM Fall Conference at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North. Justice O'Neill discussed recent Supreme Court cases and gave wonderful insights into the decision making process and the unique backgrounds and personalties of his fellow Justices.

Message from the President
Magistrate Gregory F. Clifford
President, Ohio Association of Magistrates
November 15, 2013- President's Message

In 1989, when we were known as Court Referees, a group of 67 progressive minded individuals from across Ohio, under the leadership of Jeff Liston, Larry Smith, Kate Graham, Nancy Ferguson, Wayne Strunk, and Peg Gasper, came together and formed a professional organization to develop a network of the attorneys serving the courts of this state as non-elected judicial officers and to address matters of mutual concern. Since that time, the efforts of those founding members have multiplied and blossomed into a well-respected association that has attracted an increasingly larger number of referees and magistrates. Now, 24 years later, we are proud to claim 532 magistrates as members of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.

During those past 24 years, we, as an association, have worked tirelessly and have made numerous accomplishments benefiting all magistrates and the judicial system in Ohio. Our work in partnership with the Ohio Judicial College has been invaluable in helping to plan, develop and implement meaningful educational programs for judges and magistrates across the state. Likewise, the Judicial College has been a tremendous resource for helping OAM provide very high quality conferences each spring and fall and to reach out, inform, and maintain contact with our members through our quarterly newsletter. Our reputation for professionalism and maintaining high standards has been recognized and appreciated by many judicial leaders as demonstrated by the invitations for our members to serve on Supreme Court of Ohio commissions, committees, and task forces and Ohio Judicial Conference committees. A review of our Newsletter articles and website pages will give you a clearer picture of who we are and what we do for our members and Ohio’s judicial system.

In 2013, we had record high attendance at our spring and fall conferences. All of our continuing legal and judicial education programs received high approval scores on the evaluation forms from attendees. Listening to the desires of our members, our Board of Trustees approved expanding our practice area breakout seminars to full day sessions. Our members have also proven to be very generous, willing to give of themselves for the benefit of others and we have made our volunteer community service project a regular feature of our conferences. And, we continue to enjoy the delicious treats and networking opportunities when we gather to relax after the work of the day is done.

As you may know, 2014 will be the landmark year of our 25th Anniversary Celebration. Magistrate Dave Jump is chairing a special anniversary committee to make the year-long occasion spectacular and memorable. Our Spring Conference will be held Aril 30th to May 2nd at the beautiful Quail Hollow Resort in Lake County. Our Fall Conference and Annual Meeting will once again be at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Columbus North Hotel October 1st to 3rd. Mark your calendars and plan now to attend, and keep a lookout for the exciting details to come in the near future.

Winding down my term as president of this remarkable organization, I want to give applause of gratitude and appreciation to our fabulous Board of Trustees, our staff, our partners, and our many volunteers for all of their guidance, support and dedication to help make our organization thrive and this administration successful. As I turn the gavel over to our incoming president, Magistrate Nancy McMillen, I am confident she will be an excellent leader and that we, as an organization, will continue to grow and shine in many positive ways as we serve as the Voice of Ohio Magistrates. Thank you all. Peace and blessings be with you and your families.

Respectfully yours,
Chief Magistrate Gregory F Clifford
Cleveland Municipal Court



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