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2024 Annual Brian M. Pierce Criminal Law Practice Tips

2024 Annual Brian M. Pierce Criminal Law Practice Tips

Akron Bar Association & Foundation
57 S Broadway, Akron, OH 44308


The Akron Bar Association & Foundation and Summit Legal Defenders are hosting the Annual Brian M. Pierce Criminal Law Practice Tips on April 5, 2024.  This Continuing Legal Education (3.0 General CLE) is being held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Bar Assn office.

Damon Hacker, Vestige President & CEO, to present from 3:15 to 4:15 PM on the topic of Digital Discovery.


  • 12:00 pm – 1 pm ET – Lunch With Networking (Judiciary)
  • 1 – 2 pm – Strangulation Statute Update – Scott Rilley, Esq. and Abigail Schock, Esq.
  • 2 – 3 pm – CyberCheck Technology – Donald J. Malarcik, Esq.
  • 3 – 3:15pm – Break
  • 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Digital Discovery – Damon Hacker, Vestige Digital Investigations
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Happy Hour


Damon Hacker, President

Damon Hacker is President at ArcherHall (formerly Vestige Digital Investigations), a leading technology company specializing in CyberSecurity (proactive & reactive as well as compliance), Digital Forensics, and E-Discovery. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the arena, including a background in IT Security and IT Auditing.

He helps to improve the techniques, processes and technology in cybersecurity. He actively assists clients achieve compliance across multiple cybersecurity frameworks.

Damon is an in-demand speaker on local, state and national levels. He speaks on the subjects of DoD CMMC cybersecurity compliance, IT security, IT auditing, computer fraud, white-collar crime, data breach, non-compete and intellectual property theft.

He earned both his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, and his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), CSX Cybersecurity Nexus Fundamentals certification from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and is Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – Registered Practitioner (CMMC-RP) for U.S. Department of Defense contractor cybersecurity compliance.


Abigail Schock, Esq, Director of Training
Summit Legal Defenders

Abigail M. Schock, Esq., Director of Training, Summit Legal Defenders

Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Abigail graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a B.A. in Geography. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and in 2013 was licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio. While in law school, Abigail interned at the Summit Legal Defender’s Office, the Federal Public Defender, and the University of Akron School of Law Legal Clinic. Abigail began her career as a Public Defender at the Tuscarawas County Public Defender’s Office where she represented indigent defendants charged with misdemeanor offenses. She then moved to the Portage County Public Defender’s Office where she most recently managed a team of felony attorneys in Common Pleas Court. She has significant trial experience ranging from misdemeanor to felony jury trials. She obtained NHSTA certification to defend OVI cases. Abigail is extremely passionate about indigent defense and believes that providing quality legal representation to indigent defendants is one of the most important and meaningful cornerstones of the legal profession. She hopes to share this passion in her role as Training Director.


Don Malarcik, Esq., Attorney at Law
Malarcik Pierce Munyer & Will

Donald Malacrik, Esq.

Attorney Donald J. Malarcik has been an attorney licensed in the State of Ohio since 1993. He graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Political Science in 1990 and graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in 1993. After graduating and passing the bar he was hired as an Associate at Mentzer, Vuillemin & Mygrant in 1993. He made a partner in 1998. He formed Gorman, Malarcik & Pierce in 2011. In 2018 they became Malarcik, Pierce, Munyer & Will.

In 2001, he graduated from The Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. In 2006, he was invited to join the faculty of Trial Lawyers College. Since 2006, Don has taught trial skills at four-day, seven-day, and three-week seminars offered in Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington State.

He has been a faculty member of the weeklong annual Trial Lawyers College Death Penalty Seminar in Dubois, Wyoming since 2010. (In 2015, the name of the seminar was changed to "Defense of the Damned"). The Death Penalty Seminar (2010-2014) taught Death Penalty trial skills, plea negotiations, ethics, and best practices for identifying, preparing, and presenting mitigation to capital defense Attorneys, Investigators, and Mitigation Specialists. I was the co-faculty leader of the Death Penalty Seminar along with Attorney Cynthia Short in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Attorney Short is the former head of the Kansas City, Missouri Capital Litigation Division of the Public Defender's Office and now runs CLS Mitigation and Consulting Services.

Don has been a presenter at the OACDL and OSBA Death Penalty Seminars on capital voir dire, identifying, investigating, and presenting mitigation, pretrial motions practice, race as mitigation, and the attorney-client relationship for trial counsel in capital cases. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Akron School of Law teaching Trial Advocacy. He has been leading counsel for over hundred (100) jury trials.


Scott Rilley, Esq, Deputy Director
Summit Legal Defenders

Scott Rilley, Esq. Deputy Director, Summit Legal Defenders

Scott was born and raised in Summit County, graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1993. He formerly practiced with the firm of Callahan, Greven, Rilley & Sinn in Summit and surrounding counties. Scott has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal law, both as an Assistant Summit County Prosecutor and a defense attorney, and he has devoted his almost 30 years of experience exclusively to criminal law. Scott has extensive trial experience, having presented well over 200 cases to a jury throughout his career and is considered one of the most experienced defense attorneys in the northeast Ohio area. He was also appointed to the Governing Board of the Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility in August of 2023.