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NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Hundreds of New Ohio Lawyers Take Oath at Renovated Theatre

Image of men and women standing in an auditorium with their right hands raisedIt served as a natural setting for new beginnings. The renovated Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus recently hosted more than 589 new lawyers who took the oath of office to practice law in Ohio.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Attorneys’ Ohio Law Licenses Suspended for Failing to Register with Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended the Ohio law licenses of 264 attorneys who failed to register with the Office of Attorney Services for the biennium that began Sept. 1, 2019 and ends Aug. 31, 2021.

Forum on the Law: The Italian Who Inspired the Founding Fathers

When analyzing the foundation of legal principles in the United States, that base seemingly started with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. But the bedrock of the American justice system didn’t originate with those revolutionaries. It started with an Italian.

NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Court Asks for Public Comment on Uniform Bar Exam

Image of a multiple choice fill-in test answer sheet (smolaw11/iStock)The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until Dec. 4 on a proposed rule that will allow Ohio to begin using the National Conference of Bar Examiner’s Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2020.

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NOVEMBER 7, 2019

New Hearing Ordered for Akron Man Given Death Penalty for Murdering Girlfriend’s Parent

Image of death row inmate Shawn Ford Jr.The Ohio Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed  the murder convictions of an Akron man who admitted to killing his girlfriend’s parents with a sledgehammer.

Pittsburgh Attorney Suspended after Misleading Disciplinary Investigators

The Ohio Supreme Court today suspended a Pittsburgh attorney licensed to practice law in Ohio who admitted to falsifying evidence in connection with a complaint lodged by a former client.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Federal Court Asks Supreme Court for Guidance on Law Allowing Civil Lawsuits based on Criminal Acts

A federal lawsuit filed by a former Geauga County health department employee claiming retaliation for blowing the whistle on her employer has drawn statewide interest from numerous groups ranging from crime victim advocates to organizations representing local governments.

Cincinnati Attorney Sanctioned for Assisting a Suspended Attorney’s Unauthorized Law Practice

The Ohio Supreme Court today suspended a Cincinnati attorney who “remained willfully ignorant of his own professional obligations” when he agreed to aid a suspended — now disbarred attorney — in the unauthorized practice of law.

Columbus Attorney Suspended for Violating Rules While on Probation

The Ohio Supreme Court today indefinitely suspended a Columbus attorney whose long disciplinary record includes dozens of violations of the rules governing the conduct of Ohio attorneys.

NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Appeals Court Exceeded Its Authority in Portage County Surface Mining Case

An Ohio appeals court improperly “second-guessed” a Portage County trial court’s decision allowing for sand and gravel mining on a former 225-acre horse farm in Streetsboro, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

Law School Graduate’s Latest Request for Admission to Practice Denied

An aspiring lawyer from Findlay will be allowed to see the results of the bar exam she took 28 years ago, but has lost her latest request for admission to the practice of law, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

OCTOBER 31, 2019

Double Jeopardy Protections Do Not Bar Prosecuting Man Who Changed Story about Son’s Death

Dismissal of a charge through a plea agreement is not the equivalent of an acquittal, and a Putnam County man who was convicted of child endangering and served five years in prison for the death of his 2-year-old son can be charged with murder, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today.

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NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Three Visiting Judges Hear Oral Arguments

Three judges from district appeals courts throughout the state today served as visiting judges on the Ohio Supreme Court for oral arguments.

NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Ohio Judges Encouraged to Attend Foster Care Forums

Image of an Ohio county map with forum locations identifiedThe Ohio Supreme Court’s Children and Families Section is encouraging judges to attend a series of regional forums aimed at reviewing the state of Ohio’s foster care system and developing recommendations for improving the experience of children and families.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Nine Incumbent Judges Lose Municipal Court Seats

General election results show nine challengers beating incumbent municipal court judges in eight Ohio counties, while another two races involving incumbents may be subject to recounts.

OCTOBER 29, 2019

Governor Appoints Logan County Common Pleas Judge

Image of Kevin P. BraigGov. Mike DeWine has appointed Kevin P. Braig to serve as a judge on the Logan County Common Pleas Court. He replaces Judge William T. Goslee, who resigned.

OCTOBER 28, 2019

500-Plus Citizens See Justice in Action at Off-Site Court in Williams County

Twice a year, the Ohio Supreme Court takes a recess from the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center and brings oral arguments right to its citizens elsewhere in the state. 

OCTOBER 24, 2019

Bench Cards Offer Guidance to Domestic Relations Courts

Image of a man and woman holding hands and walking with a young girlOhio domestic relations judges now have a new set of bench cards to help them navigate legal issues that come before them.

OCTOBER 17, 2019

New Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Selected

Image of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brendan J. SheehanCuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brendan J. Sheehan has been chosen by his peers as the court’s next administrative judge. His term begins Jan. 1, 2020.

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NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Hundreds of New Ohio Lawyers Take Oath at Renovated Theatre

Image of men and women standing in an auditorium with their right hands raisedIt served as a natural setting for new beginnings. The renovated Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus recently hosted more than 589 new lawyers who took the oath of office to practice law in Ohio.

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Attorneys’ Ohio Law Licenses Suspended for Failing to Register with Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended the Ohio law licenses of 264 attorneys who failed to register with the Office of Attorney Services for the biennium that began Sept. 1, 2019 and ends Aug. 31, 2021.

Forum on the Law: The Italian Who Inspired the Founding Fathers

When analyzing the foundation of legal principles in the United States, that base seemingly started with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. But the bedrock of the American justice system didn’t originate with those revolutionaries. It started with an Italian.

NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Court Asks for Public Comment on Uniform Bar Exam

Image of a multiple choice fill-in test answer sheet (smolaw11/iStock)The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until Dec. 4 on a proposed rule that will allow Ohio to begin using the National Conference of Bar Examiner’s Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2020.