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Ohio Association of Magistrates

OAM News
(Updated: November 3, 2014)

October 2, 2014 Parish Presentation Captures the Past 25 Years.
OAM Past-President, Education Award Winner and Life Member Dennis Parish took the OAM banquet attendees on a wonderful multi-media journey down memory lane that beautifully captured the 25 year history of the OAM.

Click here to view the opening humorous video which has been uploaded to YouTube: http://youtube/OdehO4MyPuA
Click here to also view his History Montage
Click here to also view his Leadership Video

October 2, 2014 Life Memberships Bestowed on Judges Palos, Dezso and Root
At the 2014 Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet, Life Memberships were awarded to Judges Diane Palos of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court, Judge Carol Dezso of the Summit County Domestic Relations Court and Judge Beth Root of the Fairborn Municipal Court. All three Judges are former Magistrates and past Judicial Award Winners who have continued to be extraordinarily supportive of the OAM.

October 3, 2014 2014 Judicial Awards Presented to Judges Spicer, Washam and Henderson
At the 2014 Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet, the OAM’s annual Judicial Awards were presented to Judge Kenneth Spicer of the Delaware County Probate-Juvenile Court, Judge Scott Washam of the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court and Judge Carl Henderson of the Dayton Municipal Court. (Judge Henderson was unable to be at the banquet and accepting the award for him was Magistrate Barbara Doseck of his Court). All of these former Magistrates have remained strong supporters of the OAM and the cause of Magistrates.

October 2, 2014 Honorary Memberships Granted to Judicial College Staff
At the 2014 Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet, three members of the Judicial College Staff, Katrina Webb, Kathleen Casper and Lindsey Schmitz, were bestowed Honorary Memberships in the OAM in recognition of their dedicated work in the College which has been so supportive of the OAM in everything from CLE planning, to contract negotiation, to conference registration to the publishing of the OAM Newsletter.

October 3, 2014 Brandie Swickrath is First Recipient of Sendry Memorial Scholarship
Magistrate Brandie Swickrath of the Allen County Juvenile Court was the inaugural recipient of the Doug Sendry Memorial Scholarship, a special award set up in memory of Past-President and long-time OAM Ethics and Education Chair, Doug Sendry, of the Portage County Domestic Relations Court. Magistrate Swickrath will receive a stipend of up to $2,500.00 to attend a CLE Program of her choice and to develop a new course for the OAM, thereby providing another opportunity to further the education of our current members.

October 2, 2014 Jim Aylward Receives 2014 Education Award
At the 2014 Fall Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet, Magistrate Jim Aylward of the Portage County Juvenile Court was the recipient of the Association’s prestigious Education Award in recognition of his lengthy and exemplary service to the OAM as its Ethics Chair.

October 2, 2014 Penny Gates Elected DR Practice Area Chair
Magistrate Penny Gates of the Clermont County Domestic Relations Court was elected Domestic Relations Practice Area Chair at the annual meeting of that practice area on October 2, 2014. Penny succeeds Magistrate Ann Weatherhead of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court who served that area with distinction for many years.

October 2, 2014 Tom Shutt Receives OAM President’s Award
During the 2014 OAM Annual Meeting, President Nancy McMillen presented the OAM President’s Award to Tom Shutt who has served with distinction as OAM administrator dating back to 1993. Tom’s wife, Sandy Clary, has now assumed those duties.

October 1, 2014 Chief Justice O’Connor Keynotes 25th Anniversary OAM Fall Conference.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor gave the keynote address to a record 290 Magistrates from around the state who gathered for the 25th Fall Conference of the OAM which took place from October 1-3 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North. The Chief Justice warmly remembered her early days as a Magistrate and praised the association for its leadership role over the past quarter century.

October 1, 2014 Commemorative Souvenirs highlight 25th Anniversary
Each attendee at the 2014 Fall Conference of the OAM received a 25th Anniversary commemorative paper weight, a 25th Anniversary Pen, and during the banquet, received a 25th Anniversary Wine Glass—together with official Magistrate Wine. They also were able to purchase 25h Anniversary T-Shirts. The shirts will be available for purchase at the 2015 Spring Conference.

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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