1. Columbus Bar Committees Are Back
2. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
3. Real Property Law Institute 2013
4. You Be the Judge!
5. Nearly $2,500 Raised for "Open Books, Open Minds"
6. 13 Resolutions for Improving Client Service
7. Retirement of Two Judges First of Many
8. Please Report Your Pro Bono Hours
9. Winter 2013 Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly
10. Et Cetera
Columbus Bar Association Committees Are Back
Following a break for the month of December, Columbus Bar committees are back. If you haven't already done so, join one or more committees to get connected with your colleagues and stay current on issues that impact your practice.
Columbus Bar committee schedule
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium
January 30, 2013 • 6.25 CLE Hours
The Columbus Bar, in partnership with the Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, and Capital University Law Schoolís Black Law Students Association will host its first Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium on January 30. The program, offering 6.25 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
Real Property Law Institute 2013
February 7-8, 2013 • 10.25 CLE Hours
Approval has been awarded by the Supreme Court of Ohio for 10.25 CLE hours, including 1.0 professionalism and 0.5 substance abuse, for the two-day Real Property Institute, February 7-8. It has also been awarded 9.25 real estate, 10.25 appraisal, 8.5 special CLE hours toward OSBA business commercial & industrial real property law certification, and 2.75 hours toward OSBA residential real property law certification. Title (Insurance) credit has also been requested.
A panel of presenters will cover a variety of topics including a commercial real estate financing update, notary issues, liquor law, Columbus foreclosure issues, a case study of Columbus Commons, tax appeals, Franklin County Land Bank, and issues concerning oil, gas and shale.
You Be the Judge!
The annual Ohio High School Mock Trial 2013 competition, district and regional, is looking for attorneys to serve as judges.
Summary of this year's case: A school building is burned down in what appears to be arson, resulting in the death of a maintenance worker. After the fire, there is little evidence of the perpetrators. The accused is a high school student whose parents consent to a police interview. During seven hours of questioning, the police drive the defendant past the scene of the crime, the victimís home, and use various other interrogation techniques. Late in the day, the defendant claims responsibility for the crime and is charged with murder and arson. The defendant later recants his statement.
Interested in volunteering as a judge?
Nearly $2,500 Raised for "Open Books, Open Minds"
With the generous support of Columbus Bar members and CLE attendees, our 2012 "Open Books, Open Minds" December raffles raised nearly $2,500 to purchase books and DVDs for the library at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. In addition, all the young people who were in the Detention Center over the holidays were able to pick their favorite book as a gift.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated!
13 New Year's Resolutions for Improving Client Service
1) I will spend more time in 2013 looking at the relationships I have with my clients from their perspective.
2) I will make a real effort to understand that most clients care about results, not the time I spent on the road to the result. Good results are worth more to clients than bad results.
3) I will experiment with something new this year to see if the "buzz" is warranted instead of merely dismissing the idea because it's not the way I do things.
Client service resolutions 4-13
Retirement of Two Judges First of Many
Two of the most-experienced judges on the Franklin County bench retired this month, and their departures mark the start of a wave of retirements that will change the face of the judiciary this decade.
Common Pleas Judges John F. Bender and John P. Bessey are the first of 11 judges who must step down over the next six years because of age restrictions.
Please Report Your Pro Bono Hours to the Ohio Supreme Court
The Ohio Supreme Court is asking attorneys to report pro bono service, voluntarily and anonymously, using an online reporting system. The Court sent an email the week of January 7th to every attorney on active status who has an email address on file. The email contains a link that attorneys may use to connect to the voluntary pro bono reporting website.
Learn more about pro bono reporting
Winter 2013 Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly
Your latest issue of Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly is now available online.
CBLQ is written by and for members of the central Ohio legal community. If you have story ideas for the magazine or would like to submit an article, please contact the Publications Editor at 614/221.4112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the Winter 2013 edition of CBLQ
Law School Wins Dismissal of Class Action Over Job Figures
(New York Law Journal)
A New Push to Make 3L Year Optional (National Law Journal)
A Corporation Is Not a Person for Car Pool Lane Purposes, California Judge Rules (ABA Journal)
DISCLAIMER: The CBA provides links to various sources of information in Columbus Bar News Bytes eNewsletter purely for the convenience of readers. The opinions expressed by the authors are their own, and the CBA is not responsible for reliance on any such information.
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CLE: Sup. R. 88: Guide for Using Interpreters (Video)
CLE: Ethics, Professionalism & Substance Abuse (Video)
CBA@noon: Use of the iPad in the Legal Office
CLE: MLK Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium & Reception
Foundation: Rock 'n Bowl 2013
CLE: Real Property Law Institute 2013
CBA@noon: Record Retention as Part of a Compliance Program
Foundation: Gala 2013
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