All-Day “Take-Your-Pick” Video Highlights CLE Open Houses
Including Ethics, Professionalism, and Substance Abuse TWO DAYS IN DECEMBER

 

What is the Lawyers’ Club?

The Lawyers’ Club was founded in 1920 as an alter ego of the Cincinnati Bar Association. The LCC is a friendly group of lawyers with a wide range of practices

 

The Club keeps four long traditions:

1. CLE Luncheons the “Third-Thursday” of every month.

2. Annual Club direct donations to Local Children’s Programs

Even though our meetings were cut-short in 2020-21-22, The Lawyers’ Club bought winter coats for an entire needy elementary school each December 2020-21-22 (winter coats).

Pay only $20 per hour. Come and go—and come back—when you like. Choose as little as 1 hour or as many as 6.5 hours each day, up to 13 hours total. No reservations taken. Space is Limited. First Come-First Served.

 

Almost 200 Received Bobbleheads at June 5 Reds Game / Hall of Fame Fundraiser

The Lawyers’ Club raised $500 for its traditional charity, Hays-Porter Elementary School, and simultaneously donated 100 seats at Great American Ball Park to the students, teachers, and parents of the school on Wednesday June 5, 2013. About 100 lawyers, families, and friends sat in the section with our Hays-Porter friends, to watch the Colorado Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds. The event was jointly promoted by with the Cincinnati Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practice Committee. Some attendees availed themselves of a free guided tour of Smale Riverfront Park and the Reds Hall of Fame Museum. Everyone enjoyed free peanuts, bottled water, Mat Latos bobblehead dolls, and great company.

2013 Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati Officers Sworn In

Cincinnati, Ohio – February 21, 2013

Ohio First District Court of Appeals Judge Lee Hildebrandt swore in the new officers of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse on February 21. The 2013 officers, elected by the board of trustees on January 21, are President Chuck Strain, Vice-President Darrin Nye, Secretary Jodie Drees Ganote, and Treasurer C. Ransom Hudson. This is the third year in a row for this slate of officers.

Chuck Strain is a DUI lawyer and a frequent lecturer on traffic law, ethics, professionalism, and substance abuse. He’s a member of eight Cincinnati Bar Association committees and the National College for DUI Defense. He lives with his wife in Anderson Township.

Darrin Nye is an associate at Mulvey & Muller LLC, practicing mainly criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, and personal injury law. Darrin is a graduate of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati School of Law. Married with two pre-school sons, Darrin lives in Reading and is active in Norwood Knights of Columbus.

Jodie Drees Ganote’s solo law practice focuses primarily on criminal, traffic, and family law in both Ohio and Kentucky. She graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May of 2007 after a career in telecommunications. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Kentucky and a masters degree in human resources from Xavier University. Active in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations, and often found doing volunteer legal work, Jodie lives in Alexandria with her husband and four-year-old daughter.

Lawyers Ski Aspen and Get 5 CLE Credits

The Lawyers’ Club and other friends met for a week at the Aspen Mountain Lodge (http://www.aspenmountainlodge.com/) in downtown Aspen, Colorado from Wednesday December 12 to Wednesday December 19, 2012.

Participants enjoyed the town of Aspen, along with a daily breakfast, an all-you-can-eat/drink daily apres-ski wine and cheese party, and a pizza and salad party.

Skiers explored Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. A small group took time out for 5 hours of CLE on various topics, prerecorded at autumn Lawyers’ Club luncheons.

Lawyers’ Club Raises $1820 For Charity with
November 29 Legally Blonde Theater Party

The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati and friends enjoyed an evening of food, drink, and musical comedy at the Legally Blonde theatre party fundraiser at the Anderson Center Theater on Thursday November 29, 2012. It was almost a sellout with 178 seats sold. The Lawyer’s Club absorbed all $742 in expenses, so that every dime of the $1820 raised goes directly into the Hays-Porter fund, the Club’s historic charity. The Club board of trustees thanks Brieabi Procuctions for a super show and all those who contributed in cash and in kind.

After the curtain call, cast and crew joined the Lawyers’ Club revelers for Graeter’s ice cream, almost as much fun as the show itself. At the end of the show’s run, Director David Radke observed, “Not one of our audiences laughed louder at the script’s lawyer jokes than the night of the Lawyers’ Club event. It was a great audience.”

Free Devou Park Picnic and Ragtime Concert

The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati cordially invited all greater Cincinnati lawyers and judges—especially non-members—and their families to a free picnic. It was held on Saturday August 4, 2012 from 4 to 7 pm at the Breaden shelter in Covington’s Devou Park.

The weather wasn’t too hot enjoy the conversation and the food, including pulled pork and chicken barbecue, prepared salads, fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and a gourmet chip smorgasbord. It was mostly the kids who played Wiffleball and Frisbee.

Bill Schemmel won the door prize drawing for two tickets to a Reds game. He undoubtedly was appreciative of his young daughter who’d done the honors of pulling his winning ticket from the jar!

At 7:30 pm, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Newport Ragtime Band and a half-dozen singers transported us to the 1920s with Viva Vaudeville, a free concert at the Devou Park bandshell, just over the hill from the Breaden shelter.

While admission to the picnic (and concert) was absolutely free, we accepted donations for the Lawyers’ Club’s historic charity, giving much-appreciated gifts to every child in a heart-warming December program at Hays-Porter Elementary School in Cincinnati’s West End.

Riverfront Outing Enjoyed by Almost 150 on May 11, 2012

Lawyers’ Club members and their friends and families descended en masse upon the downtown riverfront for a varied evening of fun on Friday May 11. Club president Chuck Strain gave the following account:

“We began our pre-game adventures touring the new, extraordinarily beautiful Moerlein Lager House. From the Promenade adjacent to the Schmidlapp Event Lawn, we gazed out over the lower part of Smale Riverfront Park, noting the various parts nearing completion: tree groves, Main Street Fountain, Ohio River (Bike) Trail, a labyrinth, and the Black Brigade Monument.

We focused for a few minutes on the interesting story of Cincinnati’s Civil War Black Brigade. That included the incredible volunteer spirit of over 700 free black men, seminal in the defense of Cincinnati, despite initial brutal forced labor. And it included the abolitionist white hero of the day, Judge William M. Dickson, who was instrumental in ending that forced labor and in facilitating the men’s volunteer enlistment.

We walked past the Schmidlapp Stage and down the Walnut Street Grand Staircase to the just-opened Cincinnati Bike Center fronting on Mehring Way. Eleven of us took in a continuous series of river views during a bike ride up-river through Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point, and Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park. Some rode quadcycles. All were brand-new high-end rentals provided to us free by the Bike Center.

Many toured the Reds Hall of Fame, included with our game tickets. Some had dinner at the Moerlein Lager House or restaurants in The Banks. Many more than needed showed up at the Johnny Bench statue at 7 pm to help haul in tote bags of over 200 pounds of peanuts and cold bottled water for our group. Most women claimed giveaways of a very nice free black tote bag with a Reds logo. And the weather was perfect, sunny and pleasant with very low humidity.

The scoreboard announced at the end of the third inning, ‘Lawyers’ Club of Cinti: Charity, Learning, & Fun!’ The Reds left tons of batters on base, leading to a loss to the hot pitching of the Washington Nationals. But Reds pitchers did achieve 12 strikeouts, triggering a giveaway of a free LaRosa’s pizza and a scoop of Graeter’s Ice Cream for each game ticket redeemed at any LaRosa’s location during the following week.

A few stalwarts stayed after the game though the entertaining “Quick Change” illusionists in the infield, shown live and close-up on the huge scoreboard screen. Then came the fireworks, set to music and shot practically over our heads from a river barge. They were surprisingly long and beautiful. Ooh! Ahh!

Not a bad evening for only $10.

2012 Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati Officers Sworn In

February 16, 2012

Ohio First District Court of Appeals Judge Lee Hildebrandt swore in the new officers of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse on February 16. The 2012 officers, elected by the board of trustees on February 9, are President Chuck Strain, Vice-President Darrin Nye, Secretary Jodie Drees Ganote, and Treasurer C. Ransom Hudson.

Chuck Strain is a DUI lawyer, a frequent lecturer on traffic law, ethics, and professionalism, and a member of the National College for DUI Defense. He lives with his wife in Anderson Township.

Darrin Nye is an associate at Mulvey & Muller LLC, practicing mainly criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, and personal injury law. Darrin is a graduate of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati School of Law. Married with a toddler son, Darrin lives in Reading and is active in Norwood Knights of Columbus.

Jodie Drees Ganote’s solo law practice focuses primarily on criminal, traffic, and family law in both Ohio and Kentucky. She graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May of 2007 after a career in telecommunications. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Kentucky and a masters degree in human resources from Xavier University. Active in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations, and often found doing volunteer legal work, Jodie lives in Alexandria with her husband and three-year-old daughter.

C. Ransom Hudson, originally from Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Vanderbilt Law School. Since moving to Cincinnati in the mid-nineties, he has served thirteen years as an assistant federal public defender. Ransom recently opened his own general law practice, focusing on criminal defense. Active in the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, he lives in Springfield Township.

Free Devou Park Picnic and Concert on Saturday July 9, 2011

The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati invited all greater Cincinnati lawyers and judges—especially non-members—and their families to a free picnic. The picnic was held on Saturday July 9, 2011 from 4 to 7 pm at the Breaden shelter in Covington’s Devou Park.

President Chuck Strain had encouraged all: “Come early for the food, volleyball, Wiffle ball, or corn hole, and stay late for the special concert, or just stop in for a quick bite.” And a record number attended.

At 7:30 pm, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presented a moving and thrilling retrospective called The Blue and Gray Revisited at the Devou Park bandshell, just over the hill from the Breaden shelter. This free concert celebrated the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the American Civil War, with special emphasis on the greater Cincinnati story. Most everyone sat on a lawn chair or blanket.

While admission to the picnic (and concert) was absolutely free, donations were accepted for the Lawyers’ Club historic charity, giving much-appreciated gifts to every child in a heart-warming December program at Hays-Porter Elementary School in Cincinnati’s West End.

Walking Tour of Friendship Park Held on Thursday May 19, 2011

The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati took a free walking tour of Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park on Thursday May 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm. In between the many spring showers this year, we had beautiful weather and a wonderful experience.

The tour was guided by Steve Schuckman, Superintendent, Cincinnati Park Board Division of Planning and Design/Program Services. Friendship Park is located between the Ohio River and Riverside Drive, just east of the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. Following our third-Thursday Lawyers’ Club luncheon, we walked the length of the half-mile-long park and back for almost an hour and a half.

Completed in 2003, Friendship Park is “a sumptuous and award-winning display of sculpture and flora representing five continents,” according to the Park Board. “Named for Cincinnati’s first African-American mayor, it serves as a lasting tribute to world unity and global understanding. The grand design of the park drew its inspiration in part from a child’s friendship bracelet.” Many of the extensive plantings were at their Spring peak of beauty!

View other images of Friendship Park: http://www.humannature.cc/index.asp?page=parks_theodore_m_berry-_ifp

2011 Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati Officers Sworn In

February 17, 2011

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Steve Martin swore in new officers of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse on February 17. The 2011 officers are President Chuck Strain, Vice-President Darrin Nye, Secretary Jodie Drees Ganote, and Treasurer C. Ransom Hudson.

Chuck Strain is a DUI lawyer, a frequent lecturer on traffic law, ethics, and professionalism, and a member of the National College for DUI Defense. He lives with his wife in Anderson Township.

Darrin Nye is an associate at Mulvey & Muller LLC, practicing mainly criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, and personal injury law. Darrin is a graduate of Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati School of Law. Married with a toddler son, Darrin lives in Reading and is active in Norwood Knights of Columbus.

Jodie Drees Ganote’s solo law practice focuses primarily on criminal, traffic, and family law in both Ohio and Kentucky. She graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in May of 2007 after a career in telecommunications. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Kentucky and a masters degree in human resources from Xavier University. Active in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations, and often found doing volunteer legal work, Jodie lives in Alexandria with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

C. Ransom Hudson, originally from Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Vanderbilt Law School. Since moving to Cincinnati in the mid-nineties, he has served thirteen years as an assistant federal public defender. Ransom recently opened his own general law practice, focusing on criminal defense. Active in the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, he lives in Springfield Township.

Devou Park Picnic Celebrated 90 Years of Lawyers’ Club Service

August 7, 2010

The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati entered its 10th decade by hosting a free picnic for all greater Cincinnati lawyers and judges and their families. The picnic was on Saturday August 7, 2010 from 4 to 7 pm at the Breaden shelter in Covington’s Devou Park, itself a century old in 2010.

Besides al fresco dining, some played corn hole and stayed late for the pops concert.

At 7:30 pm, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presented a free concert of 1960’s top-40 hits at the Devou Park bandshell, just over the hill from the Breaden shelter.

2010 Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati Officers Sworn In

January 21, 2010

DUI defense lawyer Chuck Strain was sworn in January 21, 2010 as president of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati. At the same time, Darrin Nye, Jesse Laurens, and Tim Nolan respectively became vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. Those three were also honored for their service to the Lawyers’ Club over the last three years. Court of Appeals Judge Lee Hildebrandt officiated at the short ceremony held at the Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati.

The Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati was founded in 1920 as a complementary adjunct to the Cincinnati Bar Association. The Lawyers’ Club is a small, friendly group of lawyers with a wide range of practices. The club keeps three long traditions: 1) monthly luncheon meetings, currently at the Phoenix or the Montgomery Inn Boathouse, where education credits are awarded at no extra charge; 2) annual purchase of Christmas gifts for all the children of an inner-city elementary school; and 3) a fun summer social event.

Strain has served on the executive committee of the Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati since 1987, including 1992 as president. “I’ve been very fond of the Club ever since then-president Courtland Marshall brought me to a meeting in early 1982,” he reminisced. “While honoring our 90 years of tradition, I have plans to transform the Lawyers’ Club to better serve many more fellow lawyers. And I pledge to save members money on dues while keeping our luncheon prices at $20.”

Chuck Strain’s practice is focused exclusively on DUI cases. He is a frequent speaker on traffic law, ethics, and professionalism. Strain has attended every intensive summer session of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School since 2001, and he regularly attends other advanced DUI seminars across the nation. Strain is a sustaining member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, having served on numerous committees, currently including ethics, fee arbitration, and professionalism. He also serves on the traffic law committee of the Ohio State Bar Association.