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Barberton Law Director Lisa Okolish Miller is the new Akron Bar Association president. She was sworn in on June 24 all through the organization’s yearly membership meeting, which took spot at the historic O.C. Barber Piggery in Barberton, Ohio. She is pictured in this article on the ideal with Akron Bar Affiliation President-elect Maura Scanlon. (Photo courtesy of the Akron Bar Affiliation).

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Printed: August 6, 2021

She’s served on several Akron Bar Affiliation committees and on the board of trustees, now Barberton Legislation Director Lisa Okolish Miller is foremost the firm as its new president.
Miller took the reins from quick earlier President Hamilton DeSaussure Jr. on July 1 soon after staying sworn in on June 24 through the organization’s annual membership assembly, which took place at the historic O.C. Barber Piggery in Barberton, Ohio.
“I am really psyched,” mentioned Miller. “I believe Hal has performed an outstanding task main the organization by means of the pandemic. We are so fortunate to have his steadfast leadership.
“I hope to be equipped to carry on to expand the organization and locate new ways to provide its customers,” stated Miller. “I also want to be in a position to proceed to interact associates of the bench so they can help us to increase the corporation.”
Even though the meeting is normally one particular of the bar association’s additional perfectly-attended situations, this year’s gathering was specifically packed considering that it was the initial in-man or woman get-with each other in more than a year, drawing crowds of in excess of 170 individuals.
“I assume the conference is a indication that men and women are ready to get back out there,” explained Miller. “This distinct locale presented both equally indoor and outside place. The meal part was much more relaxed than typical, with food stuff vehicles delivering the food.”
DeSaussure stated he’s relished performing with Miller above the past 12 months and seems ahead to their ongoing collaboration.
“I’ve recognised Lisa given that we served alongside one another on the Akron Bar’s Fee on Judicial Candidates,” mentioned DeSaussure, a spouse at Brennan Manna Diamond.
“Lisa is a direct, plainspoken, no-nonsense human being, who speaks her brain in a pretty favourable way. She is arranged and thoughtful and I consider she understands all the difficulties the bar affiliation has been associated with and is effectively equipped to guide us as president.”
President-elect Maura Scanlon explained she’s on the lookout ahead to her new function.
“I am psyched for the prospect to perform with Hal DeSaussure and Lisa Okolish Miller this year,” stated Scanlon, who served on the Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2002.   
“I will be performing closely with Hal DeSaussure and Lisa Okolish Miller to establish a deeper knowledge of the a variety of problems staying dealt with by the Akron Bar Affiliation as it will work to provide its associates and the nearby authorized group,” claimed Scanlon, a member of The Scanlon Group, a plaintiff private personal injury legislation business.
“I consider Hal’s leadership of the Akron Bar all over the COVID-19 pandemic will be of excellent support as the Akron Bar Affiliation proceeds to provide the at any time-shifting demands of the bar affiliation associates and the legal neighborhood, especially as it relates to the use of distant or electronic procedures and all those matters which will return to in man or woman.”
A native of Barberton, Miller acquired her bachelor’s degree in felony justice and sociology from Ashland College and her juris doctorate from The College of Akron College of Regulation.
Miller began her profession as a regulation clerk at the Summit County Popular Pleas Court. She then accepted a posture as an in-dwelling lawyer at the Westfield Team in Westfield Centre, Ohio.
Prior to remaining elected regulation director in 2008, she served as director of human assets and labor relations for the town of Barberton and as director of the Human Resource Fee in Summit County.
“I’ve been incredibly privileged because I’ve loved just about every task I have ever had,” reported Miller. “My present placement affords me the prospect to use what I’ve learned above the a long time. Whilst it could appear like getting law director would involve the similar duties day in and day out, that is not legitimate.
“Almost each and every working day is distinct,” she mentioned. “I get to cope with the two civil and legal matters so there is usually a new problem.”
A longtime member of the Akron and Ohio Point out Bar associations, Miller has served on the grievance committee, as co-chair of the Fee on Judicial Candidates and as chair of the bar applicants and pupils committee.
She is now a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Coalition to Progress Inclusion, Variety and Equity in Ohio’s Legal Procedure Subcommittee on Police Reform. Miller is also concerned with the OSBA’s Civics Training Initiative.
“There are a lot of problems forward, but 1 thing we did learn during the pandemic is that presenting users the chance to take part practically authorized some individuals to be much more engaged,” explained Miller. “My comprehension is that going forward the bar affiliation is going to continue to keep the virtual alternative open up.”