Judge Lavery to Speak at Upcoming CLP Session

February 12, 2012

Judge Robert G. Lavery will be the featured speaker at the Continued Learning Program session on Tuesday, February 14 at 10 a.m. in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center on the University of Mount Union’s campus. Lavery will discuss the Alliance Municipal Court’s Civic Improvement Program and its history, goals, successes, failures and future.

Lavery has served as the Alliance Municipal Court’s judge since January of 1996. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a practicing attorney engaged in the general practice of law for nearly 20 years. He served as prosecuting attorney in the Alliance Municipal Court from 1977 to 1982. Lavery also served on the Alliance Civil Service Commission and was appointed special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office by Betty Montgomery.  Over the years, he also served as president of Alliance City Council and director of law for the City of Alliance.

Active in many civic and charitable organizations, Lavery is a counselor for the American Legion’s Boys State program, an honorary member of the Alliance Negro History Club and a life member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He also is a Sunday school teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. 

Lavery has been the recipient of numerous professional awards including the Stark County Prosecutor’s Voices for Victims Award and the Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Court Mediation Program Citation. He also was recognized by the Stark County Community Action Agency for his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the poor and disadvantaged. In the community, Lavery has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Alliance City Schools, Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Community Award from Mount Union and Urban Icon Award. The Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Board also selected him as the Grand Marshal. 

An Alliance High School graduate, Lavery has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is expected to graduate in June from North Carolina College of Theology with a master’s degree in theology.

Those attending the Continued Learning Program session are welcome to stay for lunch in the Kresge Dining Commons ($6.50) or B&B Café (a la carte) following the session.

The Continued Learning Program sessions, which are all free and open to the public, include a variety of presentations and current perspectives as well as time for questions and discussion. Additional sessions have been scheduled for February 21 and 28.

For further information, contact Harry Paidas, interim director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union at (330) 823-5993 or paidashp@mountunion.edu.
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