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Barberton Legislation Director Lisa Okolish Miller is the new Akron Bar Affiliation president. She was sworn in on June 24 in the course of the organization’s once-a-year membership meeting, which took place at the historic O.C. Barber Piggery in Barberton, Ohio. She is pictured here on the right with Akron Bar Affiliation President-elect Maura Scanlon. (Image courtesy of the Akron Bar Affiliation).


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SHERRY KARABIN
Legal News Reporter

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Posted: August 6, 2021

She’s served on numerous Akron Bar Affiliation committees and on the board of trustees, now Barberton Law Director Lisa Okolish Miller is major the corporation as its new president.
Miller took the reins from speedy earlier President Hamilton DeSaussure Jr. on July 1 after getting sworn in on June 24 during the organization’s once-a-year membership assembly, which took put at the historic O.C. Barber Piggery in Barberton, Ohio.
“I am really energized,” mentioned Miller. “I assume Hal has completed an great occupation top the business by the pandemic. We are so fortuitous to have his steadfast management.
“I hope to be able to go on to increase the group and discover new means to provide its members,” stated Miller. “I also want to be in a position to go on to interact users of the bench so they can assist us to boost the organization.”
Even though the assembly is constantly 1 of the bar association’s much more properly-attended gatherings, this year’s collecting was notably packed since it was the first in-individual get-alongside one another in more than a year, drawing crowds of above 170 people today.
“I assume the conference is a indicator that folks are prepared to get back out there,” said Miller. “This particular location provided both indoor and outdoor room. The supper portion was more relaxed than common, with meals trucks delivering the food.”
DeSaussure stated he’s appreciated functioning with Miller around the past yr and appears to be ahead to their ongoing collaboration.
“I’ve recognized Lisa because we served jointly on the Akron Bar’s Commission on Judicial Candidates,” reported DeSaussure, a associate at Brennan Manna Diamond.
“Lisa is a direct, plainspoken, no-nonsense individual, who speaks her mind in a pretty beneficial way. She is organized and considerate and I consider she understands all the concerns the bar association has been involved with and is well outfitted to guide us as president.”
President-elect Maura Scanlon explained she’s seeking forward to her new role.
“I am enthusiastic for the chance to perform with Hal DeSaussure and Lisa Okolish Miller this yr,” stated Scanlon, who served on the Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2002.   
“I will be operating carefully with Hal DeSaussure and Lisa Okolish Miller to create a deeper understanding of the a variety of issues getting addressed by the Akron Bar Association as it is effective to serve its users and the area legal neighborhood,” stated Scanlon, a member of The Scanlon Team, a plaintiff personalized injury legislation organization.
“I feel Hal’s management of the Akron Bar in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic will be of terrific help as the Akron Bar Affiliation continues to provide the ever-switching needs of the bar association customers and the lawful community, specially as it relates to the use of remote or digital tactics and people issues which will return to in human being.”
A native of Barberton, Miller acquired her bachelor’s diploma in criminal justice and sociology from Ashland University and her juris doctorate from The College of Akron Faculty of Regulation.
Miller began her profession as a law clerk at the Summit County Frequent Pleas Court docket. She then accepted a situation as an in-residence attorney at the Westfield Group in Westfield Heart, Ohio.
Prior to currently being elected law director in 2008, she served as director of human assets and labor relations for the metropolis of Barberton and as director of the Human Resource Commission in Summit County.
“I’ve been very lucky simply because I have beloved just about every work I have at any time experienced,” stated Miller. “My current situation affords me the opportunity to use what I’ve uncovered over the decades. Whilst it might look like remaining regulation director would entail the exact same jobs working day in and working day out, that is not real.
“Almost every single working day is various,” she mentioned. “I get to tackle the two civil and legal issues so there is often a new obstacle.”
A longtime member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar associations, Miller has served on the grievance committee, as co-chair of the Fee on Judicial Candidates and as chair of the bar candidates and students committee.
She is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Affiliation (OSBA) Coalition to Progress Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Ohio’s Lawful Procedure Subcommittee on Law enforcement Reform. Miller is also associated with the OSBA’s Civics Instruction Initiative.
“There are a lot of worries forward, but one particular point we did discover throughout the pandemic is that supplying members the probability to take part almost allowed some people to be a lot more engaged,” claimed Miller. “My knowing is that going forward the bar affiliation is likely to keep the virtual selection open up.”

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