Hon. Michael J. Newman Takes the Helm as National President of the Federal Bar Association

Aug. 29, 2016

CONTCT: Sarah Perlman, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Hon. Michael J. Newman Takes the Helm as National President of the Federal Bar Association

Hon. Michael J. Newman will be sworn in as national president of the Federal Bar Association on Sept. 17 at its Presidential Installation Gala, the culmination of the association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning on Sept. 14. Members of the press are encouraged to attend the gala, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel; please contact Sarah Perlman to preregister.

Judge Newman was appointed magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 2011. He was previously a partner in the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where he chaired the firm’s Labor & Employment Appellate Practice Group, created and ran the firm’s pro bono appellate program in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and served on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Judge Newman attended the Advanced Mediation Program at Harvard Law School and is frequently called upon to mediate complex federal disputes.

Judge Newman’s longstanding commitment to the FBA includes service as president of both the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Dayton chapters, two terms as a vice president for the Sixth Circuit, and national elections to the FBA Board of Directors, as treasurer, and as president-elect. During his tenure as chapter president, Dayton was named Chapter of the Year and received the Shaw Public Service Award for its outreach to younger lawyers. Judge Newman serves on the FBA Editorial Board and has been judicial profiles editor for more than 10 years. As chair of the FBA’s national Magistrate Judge Task Force, he was recognized by the Federal Magistrate Judges Association for “valuable and dedicated service to all Magistrate Judges.” In 2014, the FBA presented him with the President’s Award for “leadership [and] extraordinary service, commitment, and guidance.”

“Judge Newman has been an essential part of our association during my tenure,” said Karen Silberman, FBA executive director. “We are excited to have such a dedicated and passionate leader to foster community within the FBA and further our collaboration with the U.S. Courts.”

Judge Newman is involved in a wide array of community activities and access-to-justice efforts. In 2010, he was honored to receive the FBA’s Elaine “Boots” Fisher Public Service Award, given annually for “exemplary community, public, and charitable service.” As FBA president, Judge Newman will be focusing on two initiatives: civics and service to others. First, the FBA will be assisting and encouraging federal judges to interact with students in and out of the courtroom, among other civics and community service efforts. Second, the FBA will be expanding the existing SOLACE program (www.fedbar.org/SOLACE) to a national audience, thereby assisting those in the legal community throughout the country with dire needs.

“I am honored and humbled to move into this important and strategic role,” Judge Newman said. “I am excited to build on the association’s impressive accomplishments.” Since 2006, FBA membership has increased by 27 percent.

Judge Newman graduated with honors from the Washington College of Law at American University, and attended New York University as an undergraduate. He and his wife, Rachel, are the proud parents of triplet daughters, now in elementary school. A full biography of Judge Newman can be found at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio: www.ohsd.uscourts.gov/BioNewman.

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