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  • 25 Jul 2019 11:15 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    For young people in trouble, Ohio courts offer constructive alternatives to the juvenile and criminal justice systems with a blend of education, accountability, support, and problem-solving.

    By Kathleen Maloney | July 25, 2019

    About 15 percent of teens have shared a sexually explicit text message, image, or video electronically – known as sexting – and 27 percent have received them, a 2018 study found. Under child pornography laws in many states, juveniles can be convicted for creating, disseminating, or viewing such materials, even when they take and share an image of themselves.

    State legislatures have grappled with whether, and how, to distinguish sexting by youth from the exploitation of minors through child pornography. In Ohio, a child pornography conviction for a juvenile of a certain age could lead to designation as a sex offender, which carries weighty consequences, such as required registration with authorities at least every year. It has left juvenile courts in the state sorting out what to do with young people caught in these predicaments.

    At the Mahoning County Juvenile Court, staff thought youth and parents needed a better understanding of these laws. They started calling schools to set up visits with students to talk about the risks, including the legal ones, of sexting.

    “The laws make juveniles sexual predators if they are involved in sexting,” said Judge Theresa Dellick. “We needed to do something to educate our youth to keep them out of court.”

    In September 2015, the efforts were formalized into the court’s Cyber and Relational Diversion Program (C.A.R.D.), a partnership with the county prosecutor’s office that focuses on proactively informing youth about the personal and legal consequences of sexting, as well as cyber-bullying and sexual harassment.

    C.A.R.D. was one of several initiatives recognized by the Ohio Supreme Court in the last year for diverting juveniles from the courts and into programs that try to address the array of issues in a child’s life that may steer them toward trouble. Because juvenile courts focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment and detention, “diversion” programs are key. With diversion programs, which tend to deal with youth involved in lesser offenses such as trespassing, shoplifting, unruliness, and truancy, courts direct youth away from the formal juvenile justice system and toward alternative options.

    The five-week Mahoning County program, designated by the Supreme Court as a “promising practice,” requires the involvement of both the youth, ages 12 to 17, and the parents. It relies on referrals, which arrive from many corners, including law enforcement, counselors, teachers, and parents. Judge Dellick said evidence indicates that intervention with these issues in early adolescence is critical and parents must be involved to ensure long-lasting behavioral changes for the child and the family.

    The weekly sessions in C.A.R.D. cover:

    • Education about types of bullying, sexual harassment, and appropriate and inappropriate behavior
    • Steps to take when bullying, sexting, and sexual harassment happens
    • Possible charges against a juvenile and the child’s parents for the actions
    • Potential legal consequences, such as probation or ankle monitors at the lesser end
    • Descriptions of healthy relationships, and the importance of self-esteem and self-worth.

    When parents and students first hear about the ramifications of these behaviors, a hush often descends across the room, Judge Dellick said. Then, there typically are a lot of questions and requests for advice.

    Since 2015, more than 100 youths have completed the C.A.R.D. program. Only two juveniles were charged for their actions, Judge Dellick notes. Court staff continues to visit schools, educating about 750 students annually, she said.

    “The laws make juveniles sexual predators if they are involved in sexting. We needed to do something to educate our youth to keep them out of court.”

     Judge Theresa Dellick, Mahoning County Juvenile Court 

    Diversion Favored for Juveniles
    Diverting youth from the juvenile and criminal justice systems isn’t new. In 1967, a presidential commission called for alternatives to court for juvenile offenders. Ohio adopted a rule for juvenile court proceedings (Juv.R. 9), effective in 1972, that states, “In all appropriate cases formal court action should be avoided and other community resources utilized to ameliorate situations brought to the attention of the court.”

    Today, Ohio’s juvenile courts implement an assortment of diversion programs for youth. And they continue to gather information about what works and what doesn’t and to innovate, developing new strategies with the knowledge gained over the years.

    Bench Card for Juvenile Diversion

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    The Ohio Supreme Court’s bench card encourages best practices for courts working with youth in the juvenile justice system.

    Judges Sandra Stabile Harwood and Samuel Bluedornof the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court have developed several programs for youth in its family court division, and four earned recent accolades from the Supreme Court. Court administrator Stacy Ziska said the court’s diversion department screens all youth to identify those eligible for any of the court’s programs. During their interactions, staff noticed that girls in contact with the court have some unique needs. To provide a safe space for them to have a voice and feel heard, the court formed Girls Circle in 2013, Ziska said.

    The support group, which follows curriculum from the national nonprofit One Circle Foundation, addresses issues girls face, such as body image, voicing feelings, female friendship, and healthy sexuality. Ziska said setting life goals and learning about positive relationships are central components.

    The Girls Circle focus on defining and establishing healthy relationships resonated with Judge Stabile Harwood, who joined the family court the year the initiative began. During her four terms as a state legislator, Judge Stabile Harwood worked on a teen dating-violence bill and found that many girls didn’t understand what a healthy relationship looked like, she said.

    “The Girls Circle program has been able to provide an environment for the girls to feel confident to express their thoughts in a judgement-free zone,” Judge Stabile Harwood said.

    The benefits of the approach are borne out by research. Studies have shown that the gender-specific model not only reduces recidivism, alcohol use, and self-harm, but also improves body image and self-reliance and increases social connections and commitment to school.

    Girls Circle participants in Trumbull County – four to six girls in each group – meet for eight to 10 sessions, usually once a month. Projects, such as designing journal covers or crafting blankets to donate to others, foster an environment that facilitates conversations, Ziska notes.

    Among the feedback, girls report that they learn they aren’t alone in the situations they encounter, Ziska said. Of the 60 girls who have participated to date, only four were adjudicated for a new offense within six months after completing the program, according to court records. This year, the court adopted a program from the same foundation for boys.

    Family Focus Essential to Success in Many Cases
    The Trumbull County court staff also works with families, not just individual juveniles. The court identifies youths whose family dynamics may play a role in their behavioral struggles and offers family counseling. The counseling sessions take place in the family’s home or their community, rather than within the formal setting of the courthouse.

    “Our Multi-Systemic Therapy Program is the first time capturing a lot of parents who never learned the tools to address issues any differently,” Judge Stabile Harwood said. “It engages the whole family.”

    “I want to get to the root of the problem. And doing it the right way is cost-efficient. It doesn’t burden the courts. It just makes great sense.”

     Eddie Parker, diversion coordinator, Delaware County Juvenile Court 

    Other courts dealing with juveniles in trouble find it essential to involve family members in substantive ways as well. The Coshocton County Probate and Juvenile Court’s youth diversion program, overseen by Judge Van Blanchard II, is multi-layered and starts with a course called “Nurturing Parent.”

    Court administrator Doug Schonauer said the two-week, four-hour course, based on a national curriculum designed in part to reduce delinquency, is geared toward improving parent-and-child communication with a focus on teen issues and brain development.

    The family signs a contract to participate in the court’s voluntary diversion program, which also incorporates drug and alcohol screenings, homework and school attendance requirements, and eight hours of community service, said Schonauer. For community service, participants may assist churches or local nonprofits, or assist at one of the county’s well-known events, such as the Chocolate Extravaganza or Taste of Coshocton. Mentioning the kids’ enthusiasm sampling foods at the Taste event that they’ve never had before, Schonauer said these activities are the first exposure some of them have to cultural events.

    The court is particularly observant, though, of how youths in the program adjust to school expectations.

    “Education is our barometer,” Schonauer said. “We relate school success to overall success.”

    While highly engaged youth and families might complete their contract in about 90 days, the program more typically is completed in five or six months, he said. Once finished, the court notifies the juvenile that the legal complaint won’t be filed with the court, no court hearing will occur, and the youth will have no record.

    The Coshocton County Juvenile Court, and numerous juvenile courts statewide, collect data about the number of youths participating in these types of programs, along with youth demographics, types of offenses, sources of referrals, and outcomes. The data can help to secure funding from the Ohio Department of Youth Services RECLAIM initiative (Reasoned and Equitable Community and Local Alternatives to the Incarceration of Minors). Last month, about 30 juveniles took part in the Coshocton County court’s diversion program, Schonauer said.

    Designing Diversion Based on Each Youth’s Circumstances
    Years ago, the diversion program for juveniles in Delaware County Juvenile Court was roughly 90 days across the board, regardless of the mistake or offense, said Eddie Parker, diversion coordinator. Parker, who started working at the court in 2000 and has assisted with juvenile diversion efforts for the last 10 years, thought the one-size-fits-all approach lacked evidence for its effectiveness. Inspired by courts in Michigan and Alaska, he wanted to try creative solutions tailored to each child.

    “How can we be a change agent for these kids?” he asked.

    In one case, a 17-year-old caught with other teens drinking at a party arrived in the diversion program. Parker did a risk assessment, which came back low, indicating that “this was not a problem kid,” he said.

    Bar graph comparing recidivism rate to risk level for Ohio youth based on the following placement types: RECLAIM community programs, community corrections facility, and Department of Youth Services

    Pew Charitable Trust report about juvenile incarceration incorporates a 2005 study of Ohio’s RECLAIM program, which found that low- and moderate-risk juveniles held in facilities were at least twice as likely to reoffend as youths under supervision or in community programs.

    But, Parker recalls, the youth was “despondent” because her father recently died. When the school was informed the student had been drinking illegally, it suspended her from the sports team she loved. Parker put her in the court’s “fast-track diversion,” which lasts approximately 30 days.

    After conducting a thorough interview, he determined that her family’s regard was important to her, so he had her write a letter about the negative effects of her actions on them. He also thought it was essential for her to find another activity she felt passionate about, given that she couldn’t play on her team. She chose to volunteer at a pet shelter. In Parker’s opinion, random community-service tasks don’t motivate youth to change, so he made sure her work was tied to something she cared about. A few years later, the young woman graduated second in her class at Ohio State University.

    At the other end of the spectrum are juveniles who require more intensive approaches. Parker worked with a teen who had a $200-per-week drug habit and was holding drug parties at his house during the frequent times his parents were out of town. But the youth was functional – going to school and working.

    After determining the teen was at high risk for continuing to get into trouble and likely landing in court, Parker identified consequences that would be significant to this youth. Coordinating with the parents, Parker took the teen’s cell phone and his driver’s license and placed him under house arrest until he tested clean of the drugs. The young man and Parker also agreed on a unique type of restitution to his parents, taking money that he would’ve used to buy drugs and paying it to his parents, Parker notes. The idea was to place a higher value on his parents than the drugs. It worked. Parker said the parents later sent him a letter saying they have a different kid who talks and listens to them.

    The Delaware County court, led by juvenile/probate Judge David Hejmanowski, touts an impressive record of success. More than 98 percent of the 132 youths in the diversion program in 2018 successfully completed their requirements, Parker reports. It was one of seven that received the Supreme Court’s highest distinction as an evidence-based practice.

    “I want to get to the root of the problem,” he explains. “And doing it the right way is cost-efficient. It doesn’t burden the courts. It just makes great sense.”

    “In Delaware County, we are particularly proud of several innovative practices that we believe improve outcomes for youth,” Judge Hejmanowski said. “Diversion gives young men and women to opportunity to demonstrate to the court that their minor offenses were anathema to their character, rather than reflective of it. Through diversion they can learn from their mistakes; participate in education, counseling, and treatment; complete community service; and maintain a clean record.”

    Courts Work toward Constructive Outcomes
    Heading west to the Madison County Juvenile Court, Judge Christopher Brown and diversion coordinator Alyssa Edley run a program called I.M.P.A.C.T., Imagine Making Positive Accountable Changes Together. Started in January 2017, the initiative is centered on family conferences with Edley that encompass counseling, volunteering, and education. Court records show I.M.P.A.C.T. helped 108 kids and 91 families in its first two years.

    These examples illustrate a few of the concerted diversion efforts by juvenile courts across the state. It’s a challenging endeavor at times for courts because of their stretched resources and deep reliance on their community partners in these programs. However, the courts aspire to help as many youths as possible avoid acquiring a court record that might taint the rest of their childhood, and even their adult lives. They also hope to empower juveniles to come to terms with their personal and family challenges and to re-direct themselves to a more productive path.

    “Now they’re aware of resources and know who and where to ask for help,” Coshocton’s Shonauer explains. “Anything we can do to have them leave in a better place than they came in is a positive.”



  • 25 Jul 2019 8:41 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The task force convened by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to examine the state’s bail system today publicly released the report, including nine recommendations to the Court.

    The 25-page “Report and Recommendations of the Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force to Examine the Ohio Bail System” follows a decision by the Supreme Court last year to convene a highly qualified group to study the bail and pretrial systems.

    The task force was comprised of 30 members from diverse justice-related backgrounds. Chaired by Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Katherine Huffman, members included judges, prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, representatives from law enforcement, the bail industry and non-governmental organizations, two members of the state House and one state senator.

    “The Court wanted all voices to be heard on this topic, which is so critical to the fair administration of justice,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “We accomplished that over the past several months with frank discussions among the members in sessions that were open to the public and press.

    “I want to thank Judge Huffman for her leadership of the task force,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “She devoted many, many hours to the task force and shepherded a quality report.”

    The report was issued to the seven justices of the Court for their review, and they will discuss it as a group, beginning with an Aug. 6 conference.

    The task force examined the current criminal rule on bail, compared Ohio’s bail and pretrial systems with those in other states and analyzed state and federal litigation regarding cash bail.

    “The American judicial system is built upon the foundational principle that those accused of a crime are ‘innocent until proven guilty,’” the report states. “However, for those who are arrested and jailed prior to trial because they cannot afford to pay a monetary bond, the notion of being presumed innocent in the eyes of the law has little relevance.”

    The report goes on to observe that “voters acknowledge the unfairness of cash bail and are open to reform, including allowing judges more discretion in pretrial release decisions.”

    Among the report’s recommendations:

    • Require that a validated risk assessment tool be made available to the judge in every municipal, county, and common pleas court when setting bond or conditions of bond.
    • Amend Ohio’s Superintendence Rule 5, Local Rules, to require counties with more than one municipal or county court to adopt a uniform bond schedule to be used by each court in the county.
    • Tailor pretrial services in Ohio courts to offer appropriate supervision and services that correspond to the level of a defendant’s risk and needs.
    • Consider all alternatives to pretrial detention.
    • Leverage technology solutions, such as text and email reminders and remote video conferencing, as low-cost improvements to pretrial services.
    • Implement a statewide, uniform data collection system to ensure a fair, effective, and fiscally efficient pretrial process.


  • 23 Jul 2019 1:31 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Fifty years ago, there was a pulse on this planet, and out of this world. It was a moment involving a man from Wapakoneta, Ohio, whose footprint took humans to unseen heights.

    While the life of Neil Armstrong and his accomplishment of being the first man on the moon is well-documented in a biography, documentaries, and a feature-film biopic, some of his history remains largely unknown – in particular his legal endeavors.

    “He was a very humble person and did not want his name exploited in any way,” said Kraig Noble, a board member for the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum.

    When MTV launched in 1981, it wanted to use his famous quote, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as part of its station identification with the channel’s logo in place of the American flag. Armstrong refused.

    Thirteen years later, Hallmark created an ornament named after Armstrong’s other famous quote from that mission, “The Eagle Has Landed,” without his permission. A lawsuit claiming a misappropriation of his likeness and an invasion of privacy was settled with the astronaut giving the money to his alma mater, Purdue University.

    “He didn’t want it to be seen that he was profiting – or that others would profit – from his great accomplishment,” Noble said.

    In order to prevent such instances, Armstrong would go to great legal lengths to preserve the integrity and value of things he endorsed. When the Auglaize County Courthouse celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1994, he autographed limited-print paintings of the building, which raised more than $37,000 for local charities.

    “He said, ‘You might think that I was really strict about my conditions,’ and frankly, I wasn’t,” said Auglaize County Common Pleas Court Judge Frederick Pepple. “I thought that his conditions all made sense, and we agreed, and followed them completely.”

    In 1999, legislation assisted Armstrong and fellow Ohio astronaut, John Glenn. The “right of publicity” statute makes it illegal to use the images of Ohio celebrities for TV ads, endorsements, and other promotions without authorization up to 60 years after their deaths.

    “We all have the right to tell our own story and decide, if somebody else is going to speak for us, who that person is going to be and what part of the story they share,” said Rachel Barber, the co-chair for the Wapakoneta 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 mission, which was responsible for the moon landing.

    Five years later, that statute led to Armstrong’s most hair-raising case when a barber sold his clippings to a collector for $3,000

    “It was an extreme violation of his privacy,” said Barber, who’s also the administrator for the Auglaize County Historical Society.

    With the barber unable to pay and the collector unwilling to return the hair, the buyer avoided a lawsuit by donating $3,000 to charity.

    Unmotivated by money, Armstrong was always inspired by education, including his eight years as an engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati. So, he entrusted Purdue with his likeness after his death in 2012.

    “He was truly sincere and just dedicated to doing as much good as he could,” Judge Pepple said. “I really think he was an example in so many ways for all of us.”

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  • 22 Jul 2019 12:09 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Fifty eager Cleveland-area college students recently made the trip to Columbus to the see the Ohio Supreme Court in action.
    After listening to oral arguments, they got the chance to ask two justices everything from how the process works to what advice they would offer to future law students.

    “All of you already have a heads up, I believe, on your competition. In college, take as many courses as you can that involve reading and writing courses. It will make law school easier for you,” Justice Melody J. Stewart said. “While in college, study what you love so your grades will be good. Then prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test).”

    “When you get to law school, you will study even harder so that you have multiple doors open to you when you graduate. You can’t leave law school and become a judge. You have to practice for a while. You have to get that experience,” she said.

    “I think a lot of people make the mistake of looking too far ahead before establishing a solid foundation first,” Justice Stewart said.

    The visiting group included students from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Louis Stokes Scholars program and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy.

    While the students were handed a lesson in how the Court works, Justice Michael P. Donnelly urged them to do some soul-searching while considering a career in law.

    “It should not be about making money,” Justice Donnelly explained.

    “This profession is just as essential to our democracy as the medical profession. Just like the medical profession, you are helping people. Lawyers help unravel what inevitably happens in life,” he said.

    “We are going to get into arguments and disputes,” he said. “There has to be a Rule of Law that allows those arguments to come to the Court. We unravel what the accusation is. We ask, ‘What’s the truth?’ Once we get the truth, we can move on,” he said.

    Visitors walked away appreciative of the justices’ time and their words of wisdom.

    “I’m very grateful that we had the opportunity to come and speak with the justices,” said Mia Thomas, a student at the University of Cincinnati. “I’m majoring in political science. I’ll be graduating in the spring and, hopefully, off to law school for a joint program in public administration.”


  • 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.

    Eighteen students from Ohio University’s Summer Law & Trial Institute toured the building before witnessing the Ohio Supreme Court’s oral arguments, and spending time with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.

    “I think it’s a really cool opportunity for high school students to see how our legal system works, and how it’s all operated,” said student Elizabeth Vinel.

    The trip to the Court was part of an immersive 12-day program that aims to increase understanding of the law and its possibilities among Ohio high school students from southeast Ohio. The program also seeks to foster an interest in all aspects of legal education, service, and issues, and to create the next generation of legal, advocacy, and community professionals.

    “I just want to see how politics and law work hand-in-hand to better the country,” said Grace Wharton, another student.

    Informally referred to as a summer camp about the justice system, the participants were familiar with the back-and-forth between the justices and lawyers as the cases were presented in the main courtroom, but were fascinated by how quickly the attorneys had to stay on their toes throughout the proceedings. Justices can interject at any point with questions regarding an argument, causing a presenter to quickly change gears.

    “I thought it was really interesting how a justice started talking, and the lawyers just instantly stopped talking. They listened and responded to the justice’s questions in a very professional manner,” said student Isaac Martin.

    After oral arguments, Chief Justice O’Connor joined the group to share her experiences and observations from her decades of work in the legal profession and public service.

    “Don’t think that you have one path to get to be a lawyer, or to go to law school, because there’s not,” Chief Justice O’Connor said. “Our profession benefits by people with varied backgrounds, just as we benefit from all aspects of diversity in human existence.”

    Along with stressing the importance of being driven and putting yourself in the best position to succeed, the former lieutenant governor, county prosecutor, and common pleas court judge emphasized the value in embarking on opportunities that aren’t part of a pre-determined path.

    “You have to be flexible and open enough to, first of all, enjoy those experiences, and let them affect your plans and your thoughts, and how you develop both as a student, and as a human being,” Chief Justice O’Connor said.

    “It’s inspiring for someone like me, who isn’t really sure if they want to go into law. It kind of put reassurance in me that I do want to do this, and nothing can really stop me,” Vinel said.

  • 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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