Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly

Fall 2015

Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly - (View PDF)
Complete publication for Fall 2015.

A First-Hand Reflection of the Obergefell v. Hodges Ruling - (View PDF)
by Anjali Chavan
My alarm sounded at 4:40 a.m., marking the end of a fitful two hours of sleep. After getting dressed and packing a few snacks, I roused my sleepy friends so we could catch a cab and begin our trip from Washington’s U Street neighborhood to Capitol Hill.

A Tabloid Tale - (View PDF)
by Lloyd E. Fisher Jr.
Anna Marie Hahn has the dubious distinction of being the first woman to die in "Old Sparky," the Ohio electric chair. Convicted of multiple murders in 1937, she was executed on Dec. 7, 1938.

An Overview of Trusts for the Uninitiated - (View PDF)
by Matthew W. Gibson
Attorneys and non-attorneys alike seem to mistakenly believe that trusts are only for individuals who are rich or who are on their second or third marriage or who, thanks to the good work of their domestic relations attorney, happen to be rich and on their second or third marriage.

Citizenship and Naturalizations - (View PDF)
by David S. Bloomfield Sr. & Orsolya Hamar-Hilt
I wonder when was the last time you asked yourself the question: "What does citizenship mean to me?" Probably, it was a long time ago, maybe in grade school or not at all.

Civil Jury Trials - (View PDF)
by Monica L. Waller
Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Classmates, Colleagues, Friends? - (View PDF)
by Jameson C. Rehm
Put kindly, law school is difficult. The long hours, difficult material and the idea that a bad grade on a final can lead you to retaking an entire 14-week class can lead to all sorts of problems. Add that each student is working against their fellow classmates for the coveted top spots in the class, and the situation appears to lend itself to back stabbing and a lonely existence.

It's a Noble Career: Bringing Professionalism Back to the Lawyer's Image - (View PDF)
by Jay E. Michael
Since being elected president of the Columbus Bar Association, I have been asked, "Are you crazy?," "Why are you doing this?" and "Do you really have time for this?" My reply to these questions is that I want to make a difference.

Judicial Elections: A Broken System, Part 2 - (View PDF)
by Jack D'Aurora
In the first installment of this article, published in the summer, I dealt with two issues that make judicial elections unworkable—the political parties' lack of concern for a candidate's qualification and voter reliance on name recognition.

King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court's Recent Decision Upholding the Affordable Care Act - (View PDF)
by Doug L. Anderson & Tal A. Schapira
The Affordable Care Act was enacted into law five years ago and took full effect on Jan. 1, 2014. Designed to expand coverage in the individual health insurance market, the ACA established a series of reforms.

Law Schools: The Real Employment Numbers for the Law Class of 2014 - (View PDF)
by Jason M. Dolin
Although it took years too long during which tens of thousands of law students - encouraged by law schools to borrow, borrow, borrow - undertook suffocating law school debt, a new narrative has now taken hold with a vengeance: a law school education is overpriced and a risky return on investment, with employment opportunities for law grads limited into the foreseeable future.

Lawyers With Artistic License: Brigid E. Heid - (View PDF)
by Heather G. Sowald
The photograph accompanying this story sums up many aspects of Brigid Heid's life. She is holding an oil painting of an aspen grove which she painted from a digital photograph taken by her husband of 18 years, Kurt, on a fall hiking trip to Colorado.

Legal Web Design and SEO: Questions to Ask - (View PDF)
by Jim Christy
"I need a new website. What do you guys charge?" I field this question a couple times of week, but I still cringe every time I hear it.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride … or The Newly Minted (Solo) Attorney’s Wild Ride - (View PDF)
by Bradley N. Jeckering
As a kid, I remember going to Walt Disney World and looking forward to any ride that would allow me to escape from the swamp-like, muggy atmosphere of central Florida. One of the more memorable air-conditioned retreats came in the form of "Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride."

Practically Speaking: Common Sense Tips for Client Communication - (View PDF)
by Anna M. Wachtell
The practice of law is often client-focused. Our services are sought because someone has been sued, wants to form a corporation or a landlord is slow to address leaky plumbing. In the early years of practice, a fortunate young lawyer has mentors to help her learn good client communication skills.

Swan Song - (View PDF)
by Bruce A. Campbell
Unadulterated hokum. The mystical belief that, at the final moment, swans hold forth with a beautiful lyric to mark the occasion is pure myth. What comes out of the front of a swan – from birth to demise – is as un-ethereal as the stuff emitted from its hind part. Don't take my word.

Tourism in Spain Is Popular and Quite Delightful - (View PDF)
by Hon. David E. Cain
With mountains and seashores and two of the leading city destinations in Europe, Spain has become a world leader in tourism. The reasons to go are almost without limit: history, art, culture, scenery, architectural delights, diverse landscape and entertainment, to name a few.

When Should an Attorney Hire a CART Provider? - (View PDF)
by Angie R. Starbuck
If you’ve ever worked with a client or witness who is deaf or hard of hearing, you both may have struggled with communication. One of the many methods of assisting people who are deaf or hard of hearing with communication utilizes the same process, equipment and software that court reporters use. It is called Communication Access Realtime Translation or CART.

Why Every New Lawyer Should Blog - (View PDF)
by Bryan M. Gramlich
Chances are that your first job will not necessarily be an exact match with the area of law you would most like to practice. A challenge all new lawyers face when first entering the legal profession is how to direct their career in the direction they want it to go.