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Retired lawyers’ recognition dinner set

Published: Mon, September 23, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


A recognition dinner will take place Oct. 18 for Attys. James B. Callen and Cherie H. Howard, who retired recently from Northeast Ohio Legal Services.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St.

NOLS, which represented low-income people in civil matters, closed when Callen and Howard retired July 31.

Two remaining employees, one a lawyer and the other a clerical worker, who had worked at NOLS, were hired by Community Legal Aid Services, which performs the same function as NOLS.

The Akron-based CLAS maintains offices in Akron, Canton, Youngstown and Warren and uses state and federal funds to serve eight Northeast Ohio counties, Callen said.

Callen, who was NOLS executive director from 1998 until his retirement, also is well-known locally as a founder and former president of the Citizens League of Greater Youngs-town, a now-dormant anti-corruption and good-government advocacy group.

Howard ran in the 2005 Democratic primary against incumbent Youngs-town Municipal Court Judge Robert P. Milich, and she received 48.1 percent of the vote in the two-candidate race.

Ashley Heeney, CLAS development and communications director, declined to comment on NOLS closing in the absence of Sara Strattan, Community Legal Aid Services’ executive director, who is on sick leave.

Dinner reservations may be made by calling Bobbie Jean Corp at CLAS at 330-983-2655. Tickets are $30 per person.

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