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Selection of Magistrate Judges - Cleveland, Ohio
June 8 2016

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that two persons have been selected by the Court to serve eight-year terms as Magistrate Judges, subject to standard FBI and IRS investigations. Jonathan D. Greenberg, Esq., was selected to replace Magistrate Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli, who retires effective July 22, 2016. David A. Ruiz, Esq., was selected to replace Magistrate Judge Kenneth S. McHargh, who retires effective September 30, 2016.


Mr. Greenberg is a partner at Walter | Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is the Head of the Litigation Department. He has over 30 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation, representing clients in business disputes, employment and education-related litigation, and white collar criminal defense allegations. He is also the Law Director and Prosecutor for the Village of Cuyahoga Heights, and Prosecutor for Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights and Valley View. He regularly serves as special counsel to municipalities for internal investigations, special prosecutions, and police matters.


Mr. Greenberg received his B.A. from Macalester College in 1980. He earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1983. He has been honored by Law & Politics magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyer in Employment.


Mr. Ruiz has 16 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation. He is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio where he has served since 2010. He has also handled some criminal prosecutions on behalf of the United States of America. Prior to joining the Office of the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Ruiz served in the Litigation Department of Calfee Halter & Griswold, LLP in Cleveland, Ohio for 7 years. Mr. Ruiz received his B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1997, where he also earned his J.D. in 2000. He was inducted into Kaleidoscope Magazine’s Cuarenta/Cuarenta “40 under 40" Class of 2006, honoring Hispanic leaders in Northeast Ohio for community service and achievements.


Judge Oliver said, “We are extremely pleased to have Jonathan Greenberg and David Ruiz join the court as Magistrate Judges. Both Jonathan and David have distinguished themselves as practitioners."


The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio has court locations in Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, and Youngstown and serves 5.9 million citizens in the 40 northern most counties in Ohio.


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Court Scams Affect Citizens Nationwide
March 30 2016

Across the United States, individuals posing as federal court officials and U.S. Marshals are targeting citizens, threatening them with arrest unless they pay.
Learn about how to protect yourself against a scam.

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Introducing eVoucher
November 25 2015

CJA attorneys and experts, get ready for CJA eVoucher.
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio will soon be implementing CJA eVoucher, a web-based, paperless application to electronically process payments to attorneys and experts under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA).  CJA eVoucher will replace the current paper based CJA process.

CJA eVoucher feature and benefits include:
·    Web-based application that is accessible anywhere via the internet.
·    Includes rate tables that ensure appropriate mileage and representation rates.  
·    Performs calculations which reduce mathematical errors.
·    Expedites voucher preparation time, processing and payment time.
·    Reduces manual voucher processing errors and improves internal controls.
·    Transfers vouchers electronically between the District and Circuit Courts.
·    Integrated email system and notifications of voucher approvals.

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PACER Administrative Accounts for Consolidated Law Firm Billing and PACER Account Management
November 16 2015

The PACER Service Center (PSC) has developed the PACER Administrative Account (PAA), a consolidated billing and online account management process for groups such as law firms, financial organizations and educational or research institutions. For more information on establishing a PAA account for your firm, view the PAA User Manual ( and visit the PACER Service Center web page for PACER Administrative Account Registration (

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Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
July 9 2015

In 2009, the Court decided to undertake a written history project which would outline the major contributions made by the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to the administration of justice in the United States.  The resulting book, Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, represents a culmination of the Court's work from the time of its inception in 1855 to the present day. 


For your convenience, you can purchase an electronic or hard copy directly from Ohio University Press or Amazon.

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2016 Summer Associate Reception
July 14 2016

The Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter cordially invites you to join your colleagues, summer associates and legal interns and federal law clerks from law firms, federal and state courts, and government offices for the 2016 Summer Associate Reception

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