Many recognized by bar association
NILES — The Trumbull County Bar Association recently recognized its members for their dedication and years of service to the community and the association.
The awards / installation of officers dinner was held at Vernon’s Cafe.
The President’s Award was given to Judge Terry Invanchak.
Joshua Garris, TCBA outgoing president, said the award was established in 1999 and given to a bar association member for outstanding accomplishments and achievements during the years of his or her service benefiting the profession and community in general.
Ivanchak, who is unopposed in the election, will be starting his fourth term in 2018. He will have served 24 years on the bench by the end of his next term.
Daniel Gerin said Invanchak, who began his legal career in November 1978, has made numerous improvements at Warren Municipal Court including new computer system, video technology and security upgrades. He is active in the community with Fairhaven School and Warren Lions Club.
”He is well respected among his peers,” Gerin said.
The ”Appreciation Award” was presented to Sheila Stubbs of Trumbull County Probate Court. Garris said it was established in 2002 as a way for the association to acknowledge and recognize a non-attorney whose service has benefited bar association members.
Judge James Fredericka of the probate court said Stubbs has shown ”outstanding service” to both the association and the public as she handles various aspects of the court including marriage licenses, wrongful deaths and assisting magistrates and judges.
”No one is more deserving of this than she is. She is a very dedicated public employee,” Fredericka said.
Stubbs has worked more than 31 years with the courts starting as file clerk to the assistant chief deputy clerk.
Receiving 50-year membership recognition are Edward Suit and Dallas Woodall.
”It is hard to believe it has been 50 years,” Suit said, noting that the time has gone by fast.
Woodall said he wanted to be a lawyer in Trumbull County.
”It is an honorable profession. I wanted to help people. I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with many fine lawyers, judges and community members,” he said.
• 25-year members are Douglas Ames, George Annos, Samuel Bluedorn, William Flaveras, Elsa Gottfired, Monte Horton and John Liber III.
• 10-year members are Vito Abruzzino, Tracie Schmidt and Philip Zuzolo.
• The 2017-2019 officers are Beth Aurilio, president; Brian Kren, vice president; Pamela Rintala, secretary; Patrick Wilson, treasurer; and Josh Garris, past president.
• Trustees are Samuel Bluedorn, Michael Buzulencia, Brendan Keating, Richard Magill, Kevin Murphy and Marty Nosich.