Message from the President


Founded in 1958 as the John W. Peck Cincinnati Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, this rapidly growing Chapter prides itself on fostering camaraderie and mutually supportive relationships between the federal judiciary and the bar. Acting on a regional scale, the Chapter merged with the Northern Kentucky Chapter in 2000. Today, the Chapter has tremendous support of the federal judiciary and membership includes several Sixth Circuit judges, as well as virtually all district judges, magistrate judges, and bankruptcy judges on both sides of the Ohio River, and numerous attorneys who practice civil and criminal law in both public and private sectors.

Now known as the “Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky John Weld Peck Chapter,” we not only boast the longest name of any FBA Chapter, but we also span 3 U.S. Districts and two Circuits.

The Chapter hosts several informative and social events: Judges’ Night Dinner, bi-annual luncheons, bench bar conferences, and a variety of continuing legal education programs including a bi-annual Attorney Admission CLE for those desiring admission to federal practice. In addition to its own events, the Chapter routinely co-sponsors events with the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association. For more specific information, please see our Chapter Calendar.

The Chapter is proud to support law school students by annually awarding scholarships to University of Cincinnati and Salmon P. Chase (Northern Kentucky University) law students. In 2015, we formed affiliate student divisions at UC and Chase. We offer a paid summer externship stipend program that helps provide financial support to law students who serve our local federal judiciary. Additionally, our Chapter is committed to serving the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area through community service. Once a month, members serve a meal at Tender Mercies, a downtown shelter in Cincinnati. We also have provided financial support to charitable organizations with goals consistent with those of the FBA.

The Chapter also sponsors an annual Summer Mock Trial Program giving law students serving summer federal externships and summer associate roles at local law firms a chance to try a case before actual judges and volunteer jurors. The Program, started by U.S. Dist. Judge Michael Barrett, with assistance from current President, Dan Donnellon, has given almost 200 future lawyers the opportunity to experience oral advocacy and witness examination.

Throughout the years, our Chapter has taken on a significant role at the Sixth Circuit and National levels. We have periodically hosted the Sixth Circuit Practice Conference, most recently in October, 2017. In 2004, the Chapter proudly hosted the Federal Bar Association’s National Annual Meeting and Convention. One of our past Presidents, Magistrate Judge Michael Newman, just completed his impressive term as President of the National Federal Bar Association; and, Cincinnati Past President Tom Schuck held the same National title in 2004-2005. The Chapter also regularly participates in Capitol Hill Day, helping the Government Relations Committee share its agenda with Senators and Congresspersons.

Simply put, our Chapter is devoted to the aims of the Federal Bar Association. We stand together dedicated to the success of those attorneys who practice in the federal courts in the Ohio River tristate area. Furthermore, we are committed to supporting our federal judiciary.