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1. Help Support "Open Books, Open Minds" This Week
2. Columbus Bar inc Accepting Applications
3. MLK, Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium
4. Judicial Campaign Limits Go Up 5.3% in Ohio
5. Supreme Ct. Adopts Rules of Practice Amendments
6. Report: Legal Aid Adds Millions to Ohio Economy
7. Study Finds Shift in How Consumers Find Attorneys
8. ABA Blawg 100 for 2012
9. Nationwide Arena Discounts are Back
10. Free Trial at Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club
11. Et Cetera
Help Support "Open Books, Open Minds" This Week at the CBA
Enter our raffle to win a Nook HD tablet
The Columbus Bar is currently holding a fundraiser to support the "Open Books, Open Minds" Fund of the Columbus Bar Foundation, which purchases age-appropriate paperback books (currently 4,000 volumes), magazines, and computer software for the Media Center at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.
You can help by entering a drawing for a chance to win a new Nook HD tablet. Enter in person at the Columbus Bar offices, or purchase raffle tickets online. Drawing to be held on Dec. 20, tablet delivered by Dec. 21.
Purchase raffle tickets online ($5 or 3 for $10)
Columbus Bar inc Accepting Applications Through Friday
Applicants must be licensed to practice in Ohio, have been in practice for five years or less, and a Columbus Bar member.
Columbus Bar inc (short for "incubator") is a program intended to accelerate the successful development of new lawyers. Participating attorneys access resources that help them build a solo practice. Through educational programming and interaction with mentors, the program aims to reduce the learning curve and false starts for the benefit of the lawyers and the clients that they serve.
By the beginning of 2013, 19 graduates will have completed the program or transitioned to full-time employment with local law firms and agencies. In addition to the individual successes, the program was recognized on a national level when it was awarded the 2012 Solo and Small Firm Project Award by the American Bar Association.
Sean Casey, former Columbus Bar inc participant and current Of Counsel with a local law firm, said "The training elements and the time and wisdom graciously donated by the mentors alleviates much of the uncertainty new solo attorneys face.”
Download an application (deadline Dec. 21)
Become a Columbus Bar inc mentor or sponsor
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium
January 30, 2013 • 6.0 CLE Hours
The Columbus Bar, in partnership with the Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, and Capital University Law School’s Black Law Students Association will host its first Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium on January 30. The program, offering six hours of continuing legal education credit, will replace the annual King luncheon.
The symposium will be followed by a reception honoring Mayor Michael Coleman, who will receive the Black Law Students Association of Capital University Law School Image Award.
Learn more and register online
Judicial Candidates Can Raise More: Campaign Limits Go Up 5.3% in Ohio
On December 7, the Ohio Supreme Court boosted campaign-contribution limits for judges by 5.3%, in line with the national Consumer Price Index. The changes take effect on January 1.
Other new rules include allowing candidates to solicit campaign cash through text messaging, and greater restrictions on use of the title of judge by those who do not hold the office.
What are the new limits?
Supreme Court Adopts Rules of Practice Amendments
The Ohio Supreme Court has announced the adoption of reorganized and renumbered Rules of Practice that mirror the flow of a case before the Supreme Court.
The reorganization presents a more logical ordering of the rules for attorneys and self-represented litigants that is intended to help them locate filing requirements, according to Kristina Frost, Clerk of the Court.
Many of the other changes are clarifying and non-substantive, but there are a few substantive changes.
What are the other changes?
Report Finds Legal Aid Adds Millions to Ohio Economy
The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation has released a report that found Ohio's legal aids generated $106 million in total economic impact in 2010, including $5.6 million in state, county, and municipal tax revenue.
"We now have hard statistical data that should fundamentally change the discussion about the importance of legal aid,” said Angela Lloyd, executive director of the Foundation. “In addition to the issues of fairness and justice, legal aid should now be looked at in light of its economic benefits, and its ability to stabilize Ohio families, neighborhoods and communities."
Read the full report
Study Finds Behavioral Shift in How Consumers Find Attorneys
According to the Attorney Selection Research Study by The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG), 76% of consumers in the United States who sought an attorney in the past year used online resources at some point in their selection process, as compared to 73% of consumers who turned to friends and family for assistance at some point during the process.
This is the first known time a study of this nature has found that online resources are on par with personal referrals for how consumers find attorneys.
Get more results from the study
ABA Blawg 100 for 2012
For the sixth year in a row, the American Bar Association has published a list of the year's top 100 law "blawgs." Find out which bloggers made the cut for 2012.
ABA's "Blawg 100" for 2012
Introducing the "Blawg 100 Hall of Fame"
Nationwide Arena Discounts are Back for CBA Members
The Columbus Bar has partnered with the Columbus Blue Jackets to offer special “CBJ Insider” ticket discounts for numerous events held at Nationwide Arena throughout the year. Click here to access the discounted ticket pricing and order forms. Note that these discounts are not available if purchasing tickets at the box office or other ticket outlets. Contact Donna Sweet at 614/221.4112 if you have questions.
Event tickets available now include: The Harlem Globetrotters, World's Toughest Rodeo, Disney on Ice, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Event details and ticket order forms
Free Trial at Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club
Between now and December 23rd, Columbus Bar members are eligible to visit Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club (3111 Hayden Rd., Columbus, OH 43235) free of charge as part of their Corporate Wellness Open House. CBA members also receive a 40% discount on monthly membership fees at Premier at Sawmill. For more information, contact Matthew Lisi at 614-336-2582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premier at Sawmill discount for CBA members
Some Brick-and-Mortar Law Firms Also Offer Cheaper, Web-Based Services
Getting Over Imposter Syndrome (Lawyerist)
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CBA members pay $49 per month (compared to $79 per month) at Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club. Discounted rates also available for spouses/children.
Pre-order by January 11
The updated 2013 Directory puts the central Ohio legal community at your fingertips. Pre-order by January 11 and save $5 per book.
Form your team!
Rock 'n Bowl 2013
Columbus Bar inc Sponsors
Thank you to the generous sponsors who make Columbus Bar inc possible:
Small Firm/Solo Committee: "After Hours" Networking & Social Event
CLE: Masters Series: Employment Law 2011 (Video)
CLE: New Lawyer Training: Family Law (Video)
CLE: Masters Series: Lawyers in American History (Video)
CLE: Estate Planning: Discretionary Trusts (Video)
CLE: Masters Series: Lawyers in Literature & Cinema (Video)
CLE: Intellectual Property & Patent Law Update (Video)
CLE: Stuart Teicher: 21st Century Lawyering (Video)
CLE: New Lawyer Training: Bankruptcy Law (Video)
CLE: Guardian ad Litem (Video)
CLE: Masters Series: Lawyers in American History (Video)
CLE: Internet, Social Media & Professionalism (Video)
CLE: Going Solo Boot Camp, Part 1 (Video)
CLE: Going Solo Boot Camp, Part 2 (Video)
CLE: Judicial Independence (Video)
CLE: Ethics, Professionalism & Substance Abuse (Video)
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