BENJAMIN R. SYROKA
United States Federal Courts
Benjamin Syroka serves as an Attorney in the United States Federal Courts. During college, Syroka served as Student-Bar Chairperson and UT Law Review Editor-in-Chief and scored in the 96th percentile on the Ohio Bar exam. Post college, he began a term clerkship with Judge Zouhary of the Federl District Court. Promoted to a permanent “career clerk,” he now travels the country helping resolve trials and appeals. Outside of the courtroom, he is published in local and national periodicals on topics such as prisoner rights, recidivism, inflation/consumer protection, and labor rights. He is a frequent speaker on topics including American government, the Federal Judiciary, artificial intelligence, and landmark Supreme Court cases.
Syroka is an elected member of the Federal Bar’s Editorial Board, where he serves as Senior Proof Editor responsible for training and supervising editors. He is a National Federal Judicial Law Clerk Committee appointee working on a national database connecting students to clerks/judges. Locally, he was appointed to the Northern District of Ohio Advisory Group (NDOH) where he published a proposal to improve transparency/court access for criminal defendants.
He is a member of the Toledo Bar Association where is responsible for the annual NDOH Walinski Federal Practice Seminar and the annual Kiroff Bench Bar Conference where he will serve as lead speaker this year. As a participant in the Law-related School Education Committee, he grades student essays for the American Bar Association Law Day Essay Contest. His evenings are spent teaching upper-level writing at UT’s Law school. He is passionate about civics and teaches classes and gives speeches on government and the importance of an independent Federal Judiciary.
Syroka assisted ex-inmate Larry Thompson with the launch and documentary screening of the book he wrote while incarcerated on avoiding recidivism, by spending hours on drafting, editing, and formatting the book. It has helped hundreds of inmates. Syroka has received multiple Public-Service commendations, Ohio Bar Pro Bono Recognition, and the Federal Bar Association Step-Up Pro Bono Challenge Award for his work with nonprofits/low income-individuals.
He is a men’s college basketball official and has refereed over 100 games in 2023, including “NJCAA‘s Elite Eight.” He was chosen for the 2023 NJCAA USA Basketball Academy designed to identify officials for the NJCAA National Championships.
Syroka is a 2011 graduate of Whitmer High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Trine University, and a Law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.