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August 11, 2022

Cryptocurrency Guidance for Attorneys

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued an advisory opinion that addresses the safeguarding of cryptocurrency by lawyers on behalf of clients or third parties.

August 9, 2022

Conduct Board Releases August Disciplinary Recommendations

Ohio Board of Professional Conduct written on top of circular graphic with navy and gold rings and triangles.The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has filed two disciplinary case reports with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

August 8, 2022

Newest Veterans Court Celebrates First Graduating Class

Two caucasian women in black judicial robes standing next to a Black man.Two years of hard work by a judge, a court, and its community was rewarded on Thursday. Lake County’s first veterans treatment court graduated its first group of former service members.

August 4, 2022

Conduct Board Announces August Disciplinary Hearings

Ohio Board of Professional Conduct written on top of circular graphic with navy and gold rings and triangles.The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced four August disciplinary hearings involving attorneys.

July 28, 2022

Court Seeks Public Comment on Updates to Rules of Practice

The Supreme Court of Ohio is accepting public comments on proposed amendments to the Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

July 25, 2022

CLE Credit for Attorney Poll Workers Becomes Permanent

Two women wearing medical masks seated behind plexiglass helping another woman at a polling location. Attorneys can earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit for serving as poll workers in elections following a rule change by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

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August 11, 2022

Denial of Motion to Modify Terms of Intervention-in-Lieu-of-Conviction Cannot Be Appealed

The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today that a Guernsey County trial court's order denying Vernon Yontz’s motion to modify the terms of his intervention-in-lieu-of-conviction (ILC) for the illegal possession of oxycodone pills was not a final appealable order.

August 10, 2022

Court Approves Lake Erie Offshore Wind Farm Permit

Image of a bearded prison inmate wearing a beige shirtThe Supreme Court of Ohio today approved the permit to construct North America’s first freshwater offshore wind-powered electric-generation facility.

August 9, 2022

Man Convicted of 2014 Rape Can Seek New Trial

A trial court must grant a motion for permission to seek a new trial filed by a man convicted of rape after the prosecution failed to turn over a lab report that tended to disprove an element of the offense and raised questions about the credibility of the alleged victim’s testimony, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.

July 28, 2022

Death Penalty Upheld for Man Who Killed Couple While Housesitting for Them

Image of a bearded prison inmate wearing a beige shirtThe Supreme Court of Ohio today confirmed the death sentence of a man who requested capital punishment for killing a North Canton couple whose house he was watching while they vacationed.

July 27, 2022

Parma Attorney Indefinitely Suspended for Neglecting Client Matters

The Supreme Court of Ohio has indefinitely suspended a Parma attorney and ordered him to pay $16,410 in restitution to former clients for failing to do the legal work they paid him to do.

July 26, 2022

Medical Billing Service Seeks Insurance Coverage for Ransomware Attack

Operating in an increasingly digital economy means businesses face a growing threat from cybercriminals looking to hold computer operating systems hostage until a ransom is paid.

Oil and Gas Royalty Interest Miscalculated in 1954 Not Extinguished

Image of a rig and derrick used for frackingAn oil and gas company cannot claim the full mineral rights to property in Belmont County because a claim to one-quarter interest of the minerals might still be owned by the heirs of a man who sold the property in 1954, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.

Mother’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Son’s Suicide in Jail Returned to Trial Court

A Warren County trial court must conduct further proceedings in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a county jail inmate who died by suicide, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.

July 21, 2022

Shifting Burden of Proof of Self-Defense to Prosecution Applies to All Future Trials

A change in state law shifting the burden of proof to the prosecution when self-defense is claimed by a criminal defendant applies to all trials beginning after March 28, 2019, even when the alleged offenses occurred before the law’s effective date, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled today.

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August 8, 2022

Much Work Remains for Chief Justice After Final Oral Arguments

Woman in a black judicial robe surrounded by more than 100 people applauding in a marble hallway.Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has heard her last oral arguments. Following last Tuesday’s cases, the chief justice highlighted her appreciation for the people who administer justice in the state and the work that remains before the makeup of the Court changes at the end of the year.

August 3, 2022

Lifelong Learning Propels Appellate Judge

White woman with grey hair in a black judicial robe sitting behind a bench.Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Mary Eileen Kilbane’s lifelong passion as a scholar led to her latest learning experience as a visiting judge for the Supreme Court of Ohio.

July 18, 2022

Supreme Court Network Developing Attorneys Into Judges

Image of a female judge wearing a black judicial robeThe legal profession is a never-ending journey of learning. Cleveland Municipal Judge Andrea Nelson Moore is among the 33 attorneys making the transition to the bench with help from the Supreme Court of Ohio at its most recent new judges’ orientation.

July 15, 2022

Three Judges Appointed to Ohio Courts

Three new judges will take the bench on Aug. first, following appointments today: Julie Schafer to the Medina County Domestic Relations Court; Anita Bechmann to the Clermont County Municipal Court; and Jason Despetorich to the common pleas and domestic relations courts in Hocking County.

July 11, 2022

Family Guidance Paves Judge’s Supreme Court Path

Image of a male judge wearing a black judicial robe sitting at a wooden judicial benchSixth District Court of Appeals Judge Myron Duhart was raised by his grandmother, who never imagined he would go from sitting with her in the kitchen to one day sitting on the bench of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

July 8, 2022

Judge Comes Full Circle with Supreme Court

Image of a female judge wearing a black judicial robe sitting on the bench in the courtroom of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial CenterWhenever Eleventh District Court of Appeals Judge Mary Jane Trapp hears an oral argument for the Supreme Court of Ohio, she’s reminded of the first time she worked at the Court.

June 14, 2022

Commitment to Causes Leads Judge to Supreme Court

Black woman with curly hair wearing a pearl necklace and judidical robe sitting behind a bench.Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Emanuella Groves sat for her first Supreme Court oral argument. That achievement is the latest distinction for a judge with decades of accomplishments serving Ohioans.