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  • 18 Jul 2019 8:20 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Supreme Court recently adopted a rule that would allow attorneys who passed another state’s bar exam to practice law in Ohio while their requests to be admitted to the Ohio bar without examination are pending. The rule will go into effect Sept. 2.

    Currently, when attorneys admitted to practice exclusively outside Ohio move to Ohio, they must either pass the Ohio bar exam or wait until their applications for admission without examination are approved by the Supreme Court to practice law in Ohio.

    Under the new amendment to the Rules for the Government of the Bar, an attorney applicant may apply to practice pending admission. This occurs while their application for admission without examination is pending if he or she meets the proposed amendment’s criteria.

    Among the most notable requirements for out-of-state attorneys applying for practice pending admission are that the applicants:

    1. possess a clean disciplinary record

    2. are in good standing in all jurisdictions in which they are admitted to    practice law

    3. have not been previously denied admission to the Ohio bar in the last five years under any circumstances

    4. certify that they have consented to be bound by the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct

    In addition, if applicants intend to practice Ohio law while their admission without examination application is pending, they must associate with an active Ohio attorney who is in good standing and has agreed to associate with the applicant.

    Additionally, an applicant must notify the Court if he or she becomes subjected to criminal charges or a disciplinary investigation or sanction while practicing pending admission.

    If the applicant is approved to practice pending admission, he or she may do so for no more than 365 days, unless permission is extended beyond that period by the Office of Bar Admissions.

    An applicant’s ability to practice pending admission can terminate upon the occurrence of a number of events. Among them:

    1. the 365-day period expiring without extension

    2. the applicant’s application for admission without examination being disapproved

    3. disbarment, suspension, or resignation from the practice of law with disciplinary action pending in another jurisdiction.


  • 17 Jul 2019 4:19 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Faced with staggering statistics of Ohioans dying from the opioid crisis, 20 meetings kicked off recently to help criminal justice professionals learn how to safely incorporate medication assisted treatment (MAT) in drug courts.

    One of the conferences was held in Coshocton on Friday, as experts provided training on the nature, application, efficacy, and implementation of MAT.

    MAT means using medication or drugs along with therapy to combat substance use problems.

    The event brought together local judges, probation officers, community stakeholders, and local specialized docket staff to discuss medication assisted treatment as an essential intervention for people addicted to prescription opiates or heroin.

    Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor delivered welcoming remarks, by video, to the group.

    “Not that long ago, using drugs to treat addiction was not an acceptable plan,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “Fortunately, through addiction medicine, treatment enlightenment, and a culture change in the criminal justice system, acceptance of MAT is now on the forefront of addiction services.”

    Symposiums are designed to:

    Identify trends that have contributed to the opioid epidemic

    Identify the stigma surrounding addiction disorders

    Identify myths of MAT

    Verbalize strategies to increase access to treatment programs with MAT

    Identify benefits of MAT interventions within the criminal justice system

    The symposiums are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, a partner of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Court Services Specialized Docket Section.

    The goal of the program is also to reduce the stigma of mental health illness across the state and give offenders a sense of hope.

    Originally posted by the Supreme Court of Ohio: Statewide Symposiums Share Best Practices on Using Medication to Fight Opioid Addiction

  • 15 Jul 2019 3:43 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    A group of high schoolers with an interest in law this week came to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center to explore their legal curiosity.

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  • 11 Jul 2019 12:38 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The path to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong journey. But along the way there are numerous milestones to celebrate.

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  • 10 Jul 2019 8:32 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Corinna Efkeman and Renata Staff of the Ohio Attorney General's Office have been appointed as the 2019-20 Government Subcommittee Co-Chairs. 

    Mission of the Government Subcommittee:

    In an effort to address the unique interests of women in the public sector, the OWBA established the Government Subcommittee (“GS”). Aggressively being spearheaded under new leadership sinc
    e 2015, the Government Subcommittee seeks to promote advancement and leadership opportunities for women working in both government and government relations positions. By offering meaningful networking and educational (CLE) opportunities catered to its members, GS empowers women who seek to advance their careers in government.

    GS membership is free and open to all public sector members employed by federal, state county and municipal agencies within Ohio; as well as private sector members practicing in Government Relations.

    To learn more about our Co-Chairs or the Government Sub-Committee, please click here

  • 09 Jul 2019 3:39 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    A Cleveland man convicted of a 1989 murder produced newly discovered crime-scene photos at a series of 2017 hearings seeking a new trial. The trial court ultimately denied his request, but when he appealed, all the evidence from those proceedings disappeared.

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  • 09 Jul 2019 3:36 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Jennifer Hensal served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court today and heard oral arguments in a case on whether an owner can collect damages from a pawnshop that sold her stolen jewelry.

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  • 05 Jul 2019 6:21 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Three local legal eagles have been selected to a national list of notable attorneys.

    These include Steve Herbert with Coolidge Wall; Erin Rhinehart with Faruki; and Suzanne Sumner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

    The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law spotlights attorneys who are driving business for their employers, and for their clients, in cities across the country. The 100 individuals identified here serve both large, nationally known ventures and smaller, locally focused entities. Some of their names, and their companies’ names, might be familiar to you; others you might be seeing for the first time.

    These executives were identified in conjunction with editors and staff writers across The Business Journals’ network of more than 40 publications, including the Dayton Business Journal. Each has been featured as part of The Business Journals’ continuing coverage of the newsmakers in those cities. 

    This is the second installment of The Business Journals’ Influencers series to spotlight executives in the legal field. You can see the lineup of executives identified last year here.

  • 02 Jul 2019 12:02 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has set its July hearings schedule. All hearings take place before a three-member board and are open to the public.

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  • 01 Jul 2019 1:53 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    A series of rule changes regarding practice and procedure in Ohio’s courts took effect today, according to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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