Message From The President

The Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is one of the most active Chapters in the FBA.  Currently, we have over 130 members comprised of federal judges and practitioners in the Dayton region, and University of Dayton School of Law students who are members of the law student division of the Dayton Chapter.  In October 2017, it was my privilege to take the helm as President of the Dayton Chapter for the 2017-2018 Term.  I am humbled to be included among so many of our community's leaders who have held this position before me, including Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman, the Immediate Past President of the Federal Bar Association

The Executive Committee of the Dayton Chapter provides outstanding day-to-day leadership for the Chapter.  For the 2017-2018 Term, the following FBA members will serve as Officers for the Chapter:  

President:  Erin E. Rhinehart
President-Elect & National Delegate: Vipal Patel
Vice President: Bridget Findley
Treasurer:  Michael N. Rhinehart
Secretary: Nadi Klarr
Sergeant at Arms: Judge Thomas M. Rose
Immediate Past President: J. Steven Justice


Feel free to reach out to any of our Officers if you have questions about the Dayton Chapter, or about FBA membership.

The Board of Directors of the Dayton Chapter meets on a monthly basis, typically on the first Monday of each month at noon in the Federal Building, Fifth Floor, Judge Newman’s courtroom. The calendar for our monthly meetings can be found on the FBA website. The Board meetings are open to all members, so if you would like to get involved and serve on any of the Chapter’s various committees or participate in any other way, consider yourself invited to join us for our monthly Board meetings and explore how you can get involved.

The federal judges in the Dayton Division, including the District Court, Magistrate Judges, and Bankruptcy Court, are very supportive of the Dayton Chapter, and they attend many of our functions. We are very grateful for their continued support and participation.

We have a number of exciting initiatives and events planned for this year.  At the 2016 National Convention, President Newman announced two, new initiatives for the FBA:  The National Civics Initiative and SOLACE.  The Dayton Chapter has taken up the challenge by implementing both of these initiatives.  We also look forward to implementing initiatives to support, encourage, and further gender diversity in the courtroom.  Of course, we will continue to host our biannual admission seminar and CLE (held every May and December) for those lawyers who want to gain admission to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, or who are simply looking to learn more about how our local federal courts are run on a day-to-day basis

The National Civics initiative is a cooperative effort among federal judges, lawyers and local school systems whereby students gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the courts, how cases proceed through the courts, and how cases are ultimately decided by judges or juries.  Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, our Chapter engaged over 1,000 students from 16 area schools. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and our Chapter is excited to continue this effort during the 2017-2018 academic year.


SOLACE stands for "Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel—All Concern Encouraged." SOLACE provides a way for the FBA legal community to reach out in small, but meaningful and compassionate ways, to FBA members and those related to them in the legal community who experience a death, or some catastrophic event, illness, sickness, injury, or other personal crisis. Examples of past requests and responsive help include securing a medical evacuation airlift from a foreign country, donating furniture to a solo practitioner whose office was consumed by a fire, contributing frequent flyer miles or hotel points for families who cannot afford the travel costs associated with medical treatment, providing a family with meals, lodging, assistance with grocery shopping or child care, or providing non-legal information—whatever the situation may warrant.  Our Chapter's Immediate Past President, Steve Justice, is the National FBA Coordinator for SOLACE and is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the initiative

In addition to our normal Chapter activities, the Dayton Chapter was proud to collaborate with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter and co-host the October 3, 2017 Sixth Circuit Practice Institute.  This day-long seminar gathered nearly 400 federal lawyers and practitioners from across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee, among other FBA leaders from across the country, to educate and update those who practice before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As you can see, the Dayton Chapter is very active, and we look forward to an exciting year. I hope you will jump on board and make it even better!

Erin E. Rhinehart
President of the Dayton Chapter