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Passing of Senior Judge David A. Katz
July 26 2016

Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today the passing of Judge David A. Katz of Toledo, Ohio, who has served on that court for the last 21 years. He has served as a Senior Judge on the court since 2005. Judge Katz was appointed to the District Court by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1994, after a distinguished career in the practice of law, including serving as the Managing Partner of the Spengler, Nathanson Law Firm in Toledo. Judge Katz received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law.


Chief Judge Oliver stated, “Judge Katz’s contribution to our court has been immeasurable. He came to the court with a keen sense of fairness and a very large dose of common sense. He could always be counted on. He was highly respected by the lawyers in the community. Though he had many strengths, one of his greatest was his ability to resolve complex cases involving multiple parties. As Chief Judge, I often sought and received his wise counsel. Every judge on our court highly valued David’s friendship. We will all miss him greatly.”


Judge Katz has been involved in a number of efforts, both locally and nationally, to improve the administration of justice. They include his service as past chair of the Committee on Audits and Administrative Accountability, a committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the federal judiciary, which is chaired by the Chief Justice of the United States. Judge Katz has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments, including from the Medical College of Ohio, the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State College of Law and the University of Toledo College of Law. He has also served on many boards in his community, including at St. Vincent Medical Center, Northwest Ohio Heart Center, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Zoo Foundation and the Mercy Health System--Northwest Region.


The flag will be flown at half staff at all of the courthouses in the Northern District of Ohio through Thursday. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio extends to the 40 northernmost counties of the state, and holds court and has judicial officers in Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown.

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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Selects Chief Pretrial Services and Probation Officer
July 1 2016

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, has announced the promotion of Assistant Deputy Chief United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officer Robin K. Grimes to Chief United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officer for the Northern District of Ohio. She will replace Chief United States Pretrial Services and Probation Officer Burton E. Maroney who will retire effective July 29, 2016. Ms. Grimes will be the first African American and first female to serve the District in this position. Judge Oliver said, “Ms. Grimes has demonstrated excellence in serving our Court and community. We are very pleased to promote her to this important position.”


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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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Federal Criminal Practice Seminar
August 19 2016

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