newsletter includes a few features to help with your year-end planning,
including some terrific CLE promotions, guidance on reducing your
health insurance costs, free online research tools, and even some
light-hearted suggestions for your holiday planning.
Bar News Bytes won't be distributed in December, so let me take
this chance to wish you all a very happy holiday season.
Important Notice Regarding UHC Benefit Plans
2. Preventive Health Care Benefits
3. Franklin County Courthouse Developments
4. Election 2008
5. Did You Know?
6. In Case of an Emergency...
7. Free Internet Research Tools
8. Building a Diverse Community of Lawyers in Columbus
9. It's Not Too Late to Set Yourself Apart
10. Thankful Thoughts
11. Thankful Thoughts... Part 2
12. Strength in Numbers
13. Volunteers Needed
Notice Regarding UHC Benefit Plans
Bar / UnitedHealthcare plans renew February 1, 2009. We know that
controlling your firm’s overhead is especially important,
and we have some tips for ensuring that you get the best coverage
at the most affordable costs.
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Health Care Benefits
these uncertain economic times, the last thing any of us can afford
is a health crisis. The fact is that nearly 90% of the causes of
death and disability take years to develop and are preventable
if they are detected early.
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County Courthouse Developments
you haven’t already seen this, you have to check
it out. It gives a day-to-day photo history of construction
of the new Franklin County Courthouse. Click on the day to see the
progress since the project first started in June.
Bet you're relieved that all the campaign commercials are over (if
only for another year). Here’s a snapshot of some interesting
law-related election news.
New Judges Elected
2000 "Overvotes" in Franklin County
ahead to 2010:
Election Officials Consider Expanding
Early Voting System
not one to perpetuate the multitude of videos that circulate your
e-mail via YouTube, but this
one really caught our attention. A member brought it
to our attention – it contains some fascinating statistics
about technology from a global perspective. Think about how this
impacts your practice.
Case of an Emergency...
September, we noted that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles had launched
one of the nation's first statewide registries for next-of-kin information.
Ohioans could register contact information for loved ones in case
of an accident. Now, you can enter your next of kin info on the
website so that authorities know who to contact if
you should be injured in an auto accident and unable to provide
the information. It only takes a minute or two.
Internet Research Tools
our research of the web for your research of the law…and all
here to continue reading...)
a Diverse Community of Lawyers
sustained passion and growing sophistication, the Managing Partner’s
Diversity Initiative continues the great change it started, building
a diverse community of lawyers in Columbus. Visit www.cbalaw.org/diversity
for current information about the Initiative and the efforts being
made in the local legal community, including a CLE
program on December 9 designed to provide practical
tools and strategies to address commonly encountered barriers to
an inclusive law firm culture.
Not Too Late to Set Yourself Apart
Thanksgiving is a great time to let your clients know how much you
appreciate their business. Matthew Homann gives five
reasons you should take the time to express your appreciation
this holiday season.
is upon us, and the house will soon be full of family and friends.
Or not… is the house is empty this year? – you couldn’t
travel; your family couldn’t travel; kids are at the new in-laws
this year; you don’t like your brother or his annoying children
and didn’t invite them – and you don’t want to
cook a 20 lb. turkey for two people (in my house it is apparently
against some law to prepare anything smaller than a 20 lb. turkey
whether dinner is for 30 people or 2 people). So if you choose to
forego the joys of spending countless hours in the kitchen, here
is a list of some local restaurants serving a traditional
Thoughts... Part 2
on the other hand, the family is coming – Aunt Martha and
Uncle Harold, that brother and his annoying children... Dinner’s
over, everyone is full, and no one is leaving until Sunday. What
do you do with them now?? Here’s a look at some of the things
happening in our town over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Check out http://events.columbusalive.com
for lots of additional ideas – Blue Jackets games, Ohio State
basketball and hockey to name but a few.
Tis the season… to be thankful for what we have (the Dow and
the S&P notwithstanding) and to be mindful of the many families
in our community who have far less. If your firm has plans this
holiday season to help the less fortunate, we can help spread the
word to increase your volunteer base. Whether you are volunteering
at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, donating to Toys for Tots, conducting
a clothing drive, or any other charitable project, we can help you
attract additional volunteers.
thing we have learned over the years is that Columbus Bar members
are very generous with their time. Submit your charitable plans
along with volunteer contact information, and we’ll post your
efforts on our website and in The Daily Reporter. There
may be opportunities for groups to coordinate efforts, or there
may be individual volunteers looking for ways to help.
High School teacher Jim Coley is looking for a few attorneys willing
to serve as role models in a Mock Trial program sponsored by OCLRE.
here for details.
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