The 5th Annual Rock the Foundation “Investing for Justice Campaign” Kick-Off Party was held on November 17, 2016, and was a great success. Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl was represented by Jim Nolan (second from left, on the trombone), who offered his musical talents to the mix. This event helps to raise funds for The Cincinnati Bar Foundation’s grants, which are given out twice a year to nonprofit educational and charitable programs to help disadvantaged people and the legal community. Over the past five years, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation has given over $1 million to worthy programs such as the Northern KY Children’s Law Center Inc. - Youth Lives Matter, and Interact for Health - Funder’s Response to the Heroin Epidemic.
Monte Cummings of our Firm participated in Susan G. Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. Our Firm was also a proud supporter of this annual event.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. http://komencolumbus.org
Our Firm was a proud sponsor of the 2016 Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation Golf Scramble. Since its inception in 2011, the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation has impacted more than 915,000 lives through its signature community outreach programs.
The mission of the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation is to provide opportunities, support and resources along with daily support and life-changing experiences to seriously ill and physically challenged children and their families in Cincinnati and Fort Worth. http://andydalton.org/
In 2015, Tom Glassman, a former Shareholder with our Firm, was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach Appellate and Trial Advocacy at the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia’s capital city of Riga. Tom’s course covered an array of topics, including introducing his students to the concept of a jury trial (which is rare in Europe), the adversarial system, and preparing the students for international moot court competitions. Latvia has made tremendous strides since the collapse of the Soviet Union, both as a democracy and economically. Much of Latvia’s success can be linked toward their commitment to democracy, and their involvement with NATO and the European Union. The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive international academic exchange program sponsored by the State Department. http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright
John Fiocca, M. Tyler Hull, James Nolan and Patrick Schomaker of our Firm participated in Columbus Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) Society 2015 Golf Outing. Our Firm was also a proud sponsor of this annual event.
The CPCU Society is committed to providing resources, educational programs and leadership opportunities that attract talent and enable individuals to expand their technical insurance skills and business capabilities in order to improve the overall performance of the insurance industry while adhering to the highest ethical standards. https://columbus.cpcusociety.org/
Smith, Rolfes and Skavdahl was a proud sponsor of the 2015 Seminar of The Kentucky Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU). The Seminar featured presentations by M. Tyler Hull and Patricia Trombetta (former Shareholder) of our Firm, as well as several other industry specialists, in an effort to educate against, and combat, insurance fraud.
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Smith, Rolfes and Skavdahl is a proud supporter of ClaimVets and sponsor of the Annual ClaimVets Dinner and Awards. ClaimVets is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a pathway for veterans to enter the claims profession. It is unique not only in its focus on the claims profession, but by the breadth of services it provides. The foundation will underwrite the costs to recruit and train veterans to become claims professionals, facilitate the procurement of adjuster licenses and provide access to career mentoring and office skills training. http://claimvets.org
Smith, Rolfes and Skavdahl was a proud sponsor of the 2015 ParkerLee Foundation PBR 10k event. Established in 2009 by Kim Lee Niswander and Joshua Parker Adkins, the Parker Lee Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes charitable groups and local causes which help improve the quality of life for disabled and disadvantaged children in the Central Ohio area. www.parkerleefoundation.org
Tom Glassman, a former Shareholder with our Firm, was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach a course in Insurance Law at the Free International University of Moldova, located in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. While in Moldova Tom also taught Trial Advocacy courses at several other local law schools. The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive international academic exchange program sponsored by the State Department. http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright
Tamara Scull, former law clerk with our Firm, received the first annual Salmon P. Chase Award in 2014. The inspiration for the award is Chase's extensive work advocating for the rights of African Americans and his condemnation of the legality of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. During her time at the Chase College of Law, Tamara worked tirelessly to provide quality legal representation to the poor and oppressed, and to promote the ideals of justice and equality advanced by Salmon P. Chase over a century ago. Tamara also co-chairs the Chase Public Interest Group, where she has assisted her peers in pursuing positions in public interest law. http://chaselaw.nku.edu/chase-news/chaseaward20140.html
Brian Henry was recently named General Counsel for the Florida division of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation. Founded in 1958 by acclaimed actor Hugh O’Brian, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers for a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences. http://floridahoby.org/
For the Firm’s 2013 Charity Drive, our employees and owners raised over $5,500.00 to benefit St. Joseph Orphanage and Mercy Homes.
Founded in 1829, St. Joseph Orphanage was known for over 150 years throughout the Ohio Valley region as a traditional orphanage. But, by the early 1970's, SJO had responded to the increasing need for children's mental health care in a more complex and fragmented society by offering innovative new approaches and programs. Today, St. Joseph Orphanage is a proven leader in children's mental health recovery, providing residential, educational and community treatment programs for children who have been abused or neglected, are severely emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled. Every year, SJO changes the lives of 1,850 children from the Greater Cincinnati community and across the country. www.stjosephorphanage.org
Mercy Homes is a God-given project to minister to the needs of the abandoned, orphaned, and poor children. They offer proper care, good food, education, shelter and spiritual upbringing. These are not orphanages, but homes where children grow in love, peace and responsibility. Up to 10 children are in each home under the spiritual family. The result of this mission is a generation of faithful, responsible, and God-fearing men and women who are equipped for their future. www.mercyhomes.org
The National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) posthumously awarded M. Andrew Sway, Esq. with a Special Recognition Award at its 2013 Advanced Insurance Fraud Seminar. Attorney Sway, who passed away unexpectedly on May 23, 2013, was nominated not only out of respect for his memory, but also to honor and remember his many outstanding achievements in the fight against fraudulent insurance claims. Firm President Matthew Smith accepted the award in Andy’s memory. www.nspii.com
Matthew Smith joined a mission team from Back2Back Ministries for a nine-day trip to India. Back2Back partners with children’s homes and orphanages in Mexico, Haiti, Africa and India. The team based in Hyderabad in Southeast India, working with children at many different facilities including two in the India slums and one home assisting HIV-positive children. From working with the children at Mercy Home to paint their classroom doors, to adding a “Noah’s Ark” mural at a slum ministry, and even surprising the girls of Peace Home with newly painted pink and yellow rooms, the team not only worked, but made time to play and interact with these incredible and precious children. The last day was spent at an “Adventure Center” just outside the city for a great day of climbing, zip lining, tug of war and water balloon fights with the children.
Matthew has also traveled with Back2Back to Mexico on several occasions with his family and his daughter, Kayleigh, went with Back2Back to Jos, Nigeria. Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl has the privilege to also assist Back2Back with some of the ministry’s legal requirements as need arises. www.back2backministries.org
In memory of Duane Skavdahl, a past President of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Congregation, new furnishings and sound equipment for the outdoor courtyard worship service were donated and dedicated recently. Duane loved worshipping at this particular service and we are proud to know his memory will carry on at a place he cared for and served. www.gloriadei-nky.org
Matthew Smith assisted the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) in developing a training program for CFI Trainer. CFI Trainer provides fire and arson investigators with high quality certified training for fire, arson and explosion investigations around the world. Matthew acted as Content Expert in the development of a training module entitled “Ethics & Social Media.” He also volunteered his time to appear as an onscreen expert on the topic for the training video. www.cfitrainer.net
The Norwood Firefighter Association is a non-profit charitable organization for the benefit of communities in Southwest Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl was proud to support the “Adult Prom” charity dance on February 22, 2013 held in Cincinnati. Patrick Schomaker and his wife, Sara, attended the event on behalf of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl. Our firm thanks the Norwood Firefighter Association for all of their charitable efforts in the community. For more information, or to contribute, please visit www.nfacharity.org.
Tom Glassman, a former Shareholder, is one of the Legal Advisors for the Mock Trial Team at Wyoming High School. The 2012-2013 team made it to the Regional Round of the statewide competition. In the competition students learn to conduct opening statements, direct and cross-examination, and closing arguments. This year's fact pattern required the students to argue a motion to suppress a confession of a juvenile defendant. http://whsmocktrial.wyomingcityschools.org
Meagan Tate, a former Associate Attorney, was a coach of Chase College of Law’s National Trial Team at Northern Kentucky University. The National Trial Team competes in at least one regional competition and one national competition each year. National Trial Team competitions simulate jury trials, teaching law students how to develop a theory of a case, how to prepare and argue pre-trial evidentiary motions, how to prepare and deliver opening and closing arguments, and how to examine witnesses. http://chaselaw.nku.edu/academics/competitionteams.html
Congratulations to Thomas Glassman, a former Shareholder, and Angela Glaser, a former law clerk, both of whom were honored at the 2012 Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) Annual Conference. Mr. Glassman received the Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award, acknowledging his commitment to community service. Ms. Glaser received the Indigent Defense Clinic’s Gideon’s Trumpet Award for her assistance to a recovered alcoholic who faced several old, alcohol-related charges, including an OVI. Ms. Glaser was also one of only two law students statewide to receive scholarships from OACTA.
The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys is an organization of attorneys, corporate executives and managers who devote a substantial portion of time to the defense of civil lawsuits and the management of claims against individuals, corporations and governmental entities. Its mission is to provide a forum where attorneys can work together and with others on common problems and promote and improve the administration of justice in Ohio. www.oacta.org
Matthew Smith was recently awarded a lifetime membership in the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII). A former President of NSPII, Matthew was awarded this honor due to his outstanding leadership, support, dedication and continuous exemplary service.
Formed in 1983, NSPII is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering investigative ideas, procedures and techniques. NSPII sponsors annual, national and regional seminars, publishes a newsletter, and conducts regular meetings to inform and develop professionals in the areas of insurance fraud recognition, prevention and investigation. www.nspii.com
Jerome Rolfes served on the 2011-12 “People of Vision” fundraising steering committee for Prevent Blindness Ohio. The People of Vision annual campaign seeks to positively impact the lives of many residents of southwest Ohio in need of assistance with their vision health or issues. http://ohio.preventblindness.org
Angela Glaser, a former law clerk with our firm, was a volunteer with The Tenant Information Project (TIP). TIP is a volunteer organization through the University of Cincinnati College of Law that provides legal information to callers concerning landlord/tenant law. While answering calls, volunteers explain the state of Ohio landlord/tenant law to callers with questions involving their leases, the eviction process, loud neighbors, or the condition of their apartments. Volunteers explain the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant and the options that the caller may have available. www.law.uc.edu/current-students/student-orgs/tenant-information-project
Smith, Rolfes and Skavdahl is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Back2Back Ministries Banquet. Back2Back is a faith-based, independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It connects willing workers to open hearts through its international and local ministry opportunities. It serves internationally by caring and providing for orphan children and needy people in Mexico, Nigeria, and India. It serves locally through Impact Ministry, which partners with local churches to equip students to be capable and effective leaders serving their campuses, communities, and the world. www.back2backministries.org
Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl is proud to be a sponsor Rusty Ball, an annual Cincinnati music event that assists several local charities. Our nominated charity for this event is the Natalie Collins Benefit Fund. Natalie, 4 years old, was diagnosed at 3 years old with a Wilms Tumor in her kidneys. Over the course of 6 months, she had to have both of her kidneys removed and several rounds of chemotherapy. She now has dialysis treatments 4 days a week and is waiting to be cancer free for a year in order for her to receive a kidney transplant. This benefit will help Natalie's parents with the expenses incurred from this surgery, as well as all of the other medical expenses that keep mounting. http://therustyball.com
Since 2009, Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl has been a proud sponsor of The Columbus Italian Festival. The annual Festival was founded with the goal of making American/Italians proud of their heritage and at the same time being an incentive to remain faithful to their religious and moral values. www.columbusitalianfestival.com
Peter Schmid sits on the Board of Advisors for Pregnancy Center East. This Center assists anyone who faces difficulties that may arise from an untimely pregnancy, offers life-giving alternatives to abortion, and promotes chastity. Pregnancy Center East also advocates Natural Family Planning. www.pregnancycentereast.com
Congratulations to the Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl runners who competed in the Cincinnati Bar Association's 2012 Annual Run for Kids 5K to benefit ProKids. The Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl team consisted of Jason Walker, Zach McCune, and Tyler Hull.
ProKids is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the legal system. ProKids trains volunteers to serve as Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) in the court. CASAs provide abused and neglected children with a voice in the court system. www.prokids.org
Attorney M. Andrew Sway, who passed away unexpectedly on May 23, 2013, served from 2007 as a Mock Trial Judge for the Ohio Center for Law Related Education (OCLRE) annual high school mock trial competition. http://www.oclre.org
Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Co., LPA is a proud sponsor of Ali’s Run, an annual 5 K marathon held on the campus of William & Mary to help raise money for the Alan Bukzin Bone Marrow Drive. http://wmbethematch.weebly.com/
Carmen Sarge recently completed his tenure as 2011’s National President for the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII). Formed in 1983, NSPII is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering investigative ideas, procedures and techniques. NSPII sponsors annual, national and regional seminars, publishes a newsletter, and conducts regular meetings to inform and develop professionals in the areas of insurance fraud recognition, prevention and investigation. www.nspii.com
Congratulations to the Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl runners who competed in the Cincinnati Bar Association's 2011 Annual Run for Kids 5K to benefit ProKids. The Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl team came in 13th place, and team members consisted of (from left) Jason Walker, Patricia Trombetta, Zach McCune, Jon Lippert and Tyler Hull.
The group from Cincinnati assisted the staff in whatever way possible during the ten days they were there. This included cleaning out an attic with many years of accumulated items, light construction, taking children to a local hospital, and most importantly, being with the children. The mission team coordinated with LensCrafters and had planned to give eye screenings and possibly glasses to many of the children in the local area. Unfortunately, local officials refused to allow the children to come to the orphanage for eye screenings. The team then opened up the eye screening to adults in the area. The mission team did not know how many people would come, but they prayed and asked God to help them do the best they could even if only 1 or 2 people came, or many. Their prayers were answered and in two days, they gave eye screenings to almost 1,000 people. When they stopped, it was not because there were no more people waiting to be seen, it was that the team ran out of time. Some of the people which came had never known what it was like to see properly and they jumped up and down when they put on glasses and were actually able to see their surroundings.
The mission team did have time for some sightseeing including a trip to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and going to Church with expatriates living in Beijing. This was an exciting trip especially considering the current relationship between the United States and China as it gave the mission team a unique opportunity to interact with the Chinese people.