12.18.2009McGranahan Receives McCormac Award
PACO and the Columbus Bar congratulate Kathy McGranahan for receiving The Honorable John W. McCormac 2009 Award, given to a paralegal for outstanding service to the profession.
12.18.2009Franklin County Municipal Court Appointed Counsel List
Open enrollment for the Franklin County Municipal Court Appointed Counsel List will occur in the month of December, 2009. Any attorney who would like to be considered for the List should complete the Appointment of Counsel Application.
12.11.2009Here's to Compliance!
Last week “Your Neighborhood Bar” (as Alex likes to call it) took another step forward, if a wobbly one, as a small group of volunteer barristers (including two members of a law school faculty) got potted on the premises.
12.11.2009Changes in the Code of Regulations
At the membership meeting on November 2, a modified amendment of Section 2.4 of the Code was offered by the floor. In order to ratify the proposed change, a special meeting of voting members of the Association will be held on February 19.
12.11.2009Magistrate Job Posting for Municipal Court
Faxed or e-mailed applications are not acceptable, and the Court may decline to consider any applicant who does not submit all required items. To ensure consideration, the application materials should be submitted by Wednesday, December 23, 2009.
12.11.2009Fresco to Lead Workers' Compensation Committee
Ron Fresco, Managing Partner of Reminger's Columbus office as well as chair of the firm's workers' compensation practice group, has been appointed chairman of the Columbus Bar Workers’ Compensation Committee.
12.11.2009Is Your Law Office Changing Locations? Let the Clerk Know.
Has your law office made a recent move? If you or your firm has changed locations, please remember to contact the office of Maryellen O’Shaughnessy, Franklin County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, and forward them the updated address.
12.04.2009Oh Yes, OYAS!
On Friday, December 11, the Columbus Bar will host a 3.0 hour CLE program about juvenile law – the Ohio Youth Assessment System, presented by Brian Lovins, University of Cincinnati.
12.04.2009Clerk of Courts Adds Subpoenas to Website
At the request of an attorney, Clerk of the Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy has added the juvenile and domestic relations subpoena forms to the Clerk’s website.
12.04.2009Visiting Professorships for Senior Lawyers
The Center for International Legal Studies offers short-term appointments in 2011 in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics for senior lawyers. Nearly 400 lawyers have taken up appointments in the last five years.
11.27.2009Tykiah Wright Named Powerful and Influential
WrightChoice, Inc. Executive Director and Founder TyKiah Wright, former Columbus Bar Summer Leadership Intern Program (SLIP) student, was honored as one of Ohio's Most Powerful and Influential Women.
11.27.2009CLE... Rescue Me!
Are you starting to get a chill whenever you see another message about time running out for you to achieve your CLE requirements? If you are snowed under, have no fear – the Columbus Bar is here!
11.27.2009McCormac 2009 Award Recipient Chosen
Paralegal Kathy McGranahan is selected as the Seventh Annual John W. McCormac Award recipient, to be presented on Wednesday, December 9, at the Columbus Bar.
11.20.2009Personal Identifiers to be Filed Separately
Clerk of Courts Maryellen O’Shaughnessy today sent out a reminder to ask attorneys to make certain personal information is on a separate document when preparing a Complaint or Pleading to the Court of Common Pleas.
Melinda Hartman and her Bar family celebrated her retirement this week, two months and three days short of 30 years.
11.20.2009Are You Buying It?
Whether you are considering buying or selling a law practice, you will find this CLE seminar set for December 2, 1:30pm to 4:45pm, a must.
11.20.2009New Lawyers: Register for Mentoring
As new lawyers recently admitted to the Ohio bar begin in earnest to chart their professional careers, a nationally recognized Supreme Court of Ohio mentoring program can go a long way toward helping them start off on the right foot.
11.20.2009Nuts About Bankruptcy?
Then you’ll want to attend Part 2 of Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy on December 4 from 9:00am to 12:15pm.
11.13.2009Annual Diversity Meeting Held on October 28
Advisory committee chair of the Columbus Bar’s Managing Partners Diversity Initiative Jim Davidson opened the meeting; Elizabeth Watters, Columbus Bar president welcomed everyone, and Rich Simpson presented the annual survey results.
11.06.2009Summary of Changes to the Code of Regulations
On November 2, pursuant to Article III of the Columbus Bar Association Code of Regulations, a special meeting of the membership convened to address proposed changes to the Code of Regulations.
11.06.2009What Do You Know About OVI?
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
11.06.2009New Lawyers, Unbundled CLE is Served
Congratulations to all the new central Ohio attorneys. New lawyers can keep themselves in the groove and meet their requirements through the Columbus Bar. New Lawyer Unbundled Training starts Tuesday, November 10.
10.23.2009Sign Up Now for Free Health Screenings
For three days next week, Columbus Bar members will have access to free health screenings, speakers on various topics, information from local businesses, and massages. Participants will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for valuable prizes.
10.23.2009Hrastar Hones Communication Skills November 18
The Columbus Bar welcomes back veteran professional coach and business communications expert, Tim Hraster, Wednesday, November 18 for two half-day seminars dedicated to enhancing the legal practitioner’s presentation skills.
10.23.2009Business Bankruptcy and Taxation
The Taxing Matters Series resumes November 11, 12:15pm to 1:15pm, with a 1.0 CLE hour seminar addressing the tax implications for businesses filing bankruptcy.
Ready to break away from video replays and have your annual requirement CLE brought to you live? Here is your chance. Join your fellow A-L’s for a live presentation December 2, 9:00am to 11:45am – 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Professionalism and 0.5 Substance Abuse.
10.16.2009Columbus Bar / Capital Law CLE
The Columbus Bar in collaboration with Capital University Law School has designed a CLE event that will feature discussions on debtor and creditor rights and financial planning. The seminar is October 30, 1:30 - 5:00pm at Capital University Law School.
10.15.2009Municipal Court Judges to Lunch with New Lawyers
Thursday, October 29, the Municipal Court judges will join the New Lawyers committee for a special noon lunch meeting. All Columbus Bar members in their first 5 years of practice are invited to attend.
10.09.2009Welcome LGBT! Newest Committee Debuts
Reflecting our commitment to diversity in the practice of law, the Columbus Bar is pleased to announce the formation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Committee.
10.09.2009City Center Parking Garage Information
Information about how the City Center Parking Garage will be affected by the demolition of the Sky Bridge and closure of Rich Street North Lane.
10.09.20097th Annual Immigration Law Conference
If you practice in the areas of immigration, family law, international law, labor and employment law, or deal with immigration issues in other areas of law, this event is earmarked for you.
10.09.2009Special Meeting of Voting Members
The special meeting of voting members of the Association to approve the proposed amendments to the Code of Regulations published on September 25 has been postponed. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, November 2 at 9:00am.
10.09.2009Where in the World is Rob?
Last month an attorney from Columbus named Rob took a trip to Africa and helped carry an injured man out of the river basin on a backboard. If you are Rob, or if you know Rob, please contact Kathy at the Columbus Bar.
The Columbus Bar appreciates the connection between good physical health and good mental health and, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare and Willis, has organized a Fall Wellness Fair to help you be at your best as we enter flu season.
10.02.2009Health Care Reform?
As part of our Health Care Symposium, a 3.0 CLE hour seminar on Health Care Reform is planned for Wednesday, October 28, 1:30 to 4:45 pm.
Dwight Alan Teegardin died September 21, a member of the Columbus Bar and the Virgin Islands Bar Association.
09.25.2009COD Income Rules - Increasingly Important in a Troubled Economy
The Business Tax Committee continues its Taxing Matters Series on Wednesday, October 14. Troy Terakedis and Brian Close are presenting on the potential recognition of income that many taxpayers are facing as a result of their discharge from indebtedness.
09.18.2009Counseling and Case Law for the Family Law Attorney
The 6.0 hour “Domestic Relations Counseling & Case Law” institute provides an opportunity to understand how to work effectively with clients, how clinical psychologists support your efforts and their distinct role in domestic law cases.
09.18.2009Applause! Applause! For Masters Series Openers
Masters Series opened last week with programs on Labor and Employment Law, as well as Business Development. Both events were well attended with nearly 150 members participating in robust, interactive CLE programs.
09.11.2009Michael Tigar to Speak at David Bodiker Seminar
Michael E. Tigar, law professor at Duke University will be the featured speaker at the first annual David H. Bodiker Criminal Law Seminar jointly sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association and Foundation and the Ohio Public Defender’s office.
09.04.2009ABA v. FTC Over Red Flags Rule
The American Bar Association has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Trade Commission, seeking an injunction to block the application of the “Red Flags Rule” to practicing lawyers.
09.04.2009Columbus Bar Leadership Academy Begins September 22
The September presentation for academy attorneys will be “Getting to Know You: How to Use Introductions and Initial Conversations to Build Relationships with New People” on September 22 at the Columbus Bar offices from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
09.04.2009All About Energy
Ohio’s energy policy impacts every citizen – large investor-owned utility, small business owner, or residential consumer.
08.28.2009What Do You Really Know About Columbus City Government?
Columbus is the city we live in, work or play in, but how much do you really know about what is going on? Attend the Government Agencies committee meeting on September 2 at noon and learn about the goals of Columbus City leaders for our future.
08.28.2009Attention A-L Attorneys: CLE Season is in Full Swing
Days are getting shorter, CLE seminar schedule is close to full, and if your last name begins with A-L you only have four more months to finish up your CLE requirements and report your hours to the Supreme Court.
08.28.2009At Your Service
Every weekday in September and October between 11:45am and 1:15pm, we’ll have a dedicated staff person on hand assisting members with registrations for CLE, trouble-shooting log-in problems on our new website, updating directory information, and more.
08.28.2009New Lawyers Committee Ready for New Year
The Columbus Bar New Lawyers committee is ready for another year filled with networking events, community service projects, and professional development opportunities.
08.21.2009Free Legal Clinic for Non-Profit Organizations
The Clinic, which will be staffed by volunteer attorneys from Bricker & Eckler LLP, is designed to assist the non-profit organization in ascertaining whether it has met various state and federal regulatory requirements.
08.21.2009IOLTA Scam Making Rounds in Ohio
The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services has issued a warning about an Internet scam affecting Ohio lawyers.
08.07.2009Looking for Work?
Columbus Bar members seeking job opportunities can post their resume on our website free of charge.
07.31.2009New PACO Board Members Take the Reins
A new slate of board members have been installed within the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio marking the beginning of the 2009-2010 year for the 36 year old organization.
07.31.2009Internet Access to Court Documents Before Year's End
The Franklin County Clerk of Courts, in conjunction with the Franklin County Data Center and outside consultants, continues to work towards making external access to images of court documents available through the Clerk’s web site.
07.24.2009Health Care Heroes Award
Columbus Legal Aid Society Child and Youth Law Program and the Columbus Bar Foundation received a Health Care Heroes Honorable Mention Award from Columbus Business First.
07.10.2009CLE Easy Pass Deadline Extended
Over 1,100 Columbus Bar members have taken advantage of CLE Easy Pass, the new CBA program that allows members to take 12 hours of CLE for just $100.
07.10.2009Seeking Pro Bono Award Nominees
Now is the time for the bar and the bench to nominate candidates to be chosen for recognition during the first annual National Pro Bono Celebration.
06.26.2009Ruminations of an Old Geezer
One of the few pleasures of being an old attorney is reminiscing about the characters that were members of the Bar during our younger days.
06.19.2009It's Now or Never
Ok….maybe not NEVER, but if you haven’t paid your dues yet, you only have a few more days.
06.19.2009Granger Named to Open Board Position
Aaron L. Granger, a partner at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn, has been unanimously appointed to serve out the one year remaining on David S. Bloomfield, Jr.'s second term as Columbus Bar Board member.
06.19.2009House Bill 525
Requirements for instruments or documents recorded with county recorder.
06.19.2009PACO Elects and Selects
This week the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio held its monthly general membership meeting, coupled with the annual meeting and elections.
06.12.2009At the Annual Meeting 2009
At the 2009 Annual Meeting, we will honor three of our members who have contributed extraordinarily to the Columbus Bar and to the community.
06.12.2009Pro Bono Annual Breakfast
Columbus Bar President Kathleen Trafford thanked everyone present for performing over 30,000 pro bono hours in 2008.
05.18.20092009-10 Officers and Board of Governors elected
The Columbus Bar membership elected two new members to join the 2009-10 Board of Governors. Elected to first-time terms are Jack A. Guttenberg, Dean of Capital University Law School; and Gregory M. Travalio, of counsel with Isaac Brant Ledman & Teetor.
05.15.2009Mid-Ohio Food Bank "Operation Feed" Update
Representatives from 14 Columbus law firms met with CBA President Kathleen M. Trafford and representatives from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on March 10 and accepted the “challenge” to support those in the community who are less fortunate.
05.15.2009Winds of Change in the Obama Era
In this time of rapid change, the Columbus Bar’s Labor & Employment Committee is pleased to offer “Winds of Change: Labor and Employment in the Obama Era.”
05.15.2009PACO Rewards Loyalty
While the state of the economy is making us all take a closer look at expenses these days, PACO and the CBA recognize that it’s more important than ever for paralegals to stay connected.
05.15.2009Brown, Voinovich Announce Nomination Process
In the interest of identifying the best possible candidates to fill U.S. District Court vacancies, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and George V. Voinovich (R-OH) have formed two bipartisan judicial advisory commissions.
05.08.2009A Trillion is the New Million
The Columbus Bar will partner with the Women Lawyers of Franklin County to deliver a practical seminar, May 19, on thriving in today’s tough economy.
05.08.2009Columbus Selected as ABA Hearing Site
Columbus is joined with Boston, San Francisco and Atlanta as regional locations for diversity fact-finding hearings conducted in preparation for the ABA 2009 Diversity Summit.
“No dues increase this year. We understand that some members have been hard hit by this economy and that everyone has been affected to some degree," explains CBA President Kathleen Trafford.
05.01.2009Local Courts Linked to Ohio Network
Sixteen local courts connected to a statewide justice information exchange system now have the capability to cast a wider net in searching backgrounds of those appearing in court.
04.24.2009Thank You from the Foundation
Over 240 attendees to the Gala helped raise over $42,000, providing significant funding to further the mission of the Foundation.
04.24.2009PACO/Columbus Bar Stimulus Plan
Everyone is talking about a stimulus plan these days. The Paralegal Association of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar have come up with one of their own.
04.17.2009Board of Governors Candidates, 2009-2010
Nine members of the Columbus Bar selected to run for the Board of Governors and two candidates for the office of secretary/treasurer have been recommended by the Nominations & Elections committee chaired by Past President Nelson E Genshaft.
04.17.2009Annual Judicial Luncheon
If you are a Columbus Bar member in your first five years of practice, plan to attend the annual Judicial Luncheon, Tuesday, April 28.
"Using Legal Research Skills to Survive & Thrive as a Summer Associate" seminar to be presented on Friday, May 22.
04.10.2009Chief Justice Moyer to Address Litigators
“The Advocate In Mediation: Basic & Higher Level Concepts,” is uniquely geared for litigators of all levels of experience and incorporates topics that matter in your daily practice.
04.10.2009Judicial Candidates' Pledge Continues to Distinguish Campaigns
The Columbus Bar Association is honored to announce that all of the 2009 Franklin County Judicial Candidates have signed an agreement pledging to adhere to the Code of Judicial Conduct and conduct his or her campaign in a reputable manner.
04.03.2009A Message from the President
In this tough economy, we at the Columbus Bar wondered what we could do to really help our members, and we think we've created something special - the CLE Easy Pass.
E. Geoffrey Clapham, 73, passed away on March 28, 2009.
03.20.2009Bankruptcy Law Institute in Changing Times
The 2009 Bankruptcy Law Institute will address anticipated changes to bankruptcy law and will focus on current trends and issues of interest to those representing creditors and debtors in consumer and commercial cases.
03.20.2009Stimulus Package Brings Changes to COBRA
While the impact of the massive economic stimulus legislation on the current recession will not be known for some time, benefits professionals should be aware that the law will impact their world immediately.
Columbus Bar Staffing Solutions announces three new courses designed for legal support staff.
03.13.2009We Want You!
If you have been practicing law for 40 years or more, we’d like to hear about the types of things that are important to you at this point in your career.
02.27.2009Mound Street Construction
Next week, construction of a pedestrian tunnel below Mound Street will change the flow of traffic in the vicinity of the Franklin County Government Complex and Courts in downtown Columbus.
02.27.2009Polls/Election Go Online
The Columbus Bar has partnered with VoteNet Solutions to take the Columbus Bar polls and the Board of Governors election online.
02.27.2009Board of Governors' Actions
On February 20, 2009, the Columbus Bar Board of Governors met to consider reports and recommendations. The Board took the following action on the matters before it:
Gov. Ted Strickland announced this week the appointments of Laurel A. Beatty and Kimberly Cocroft to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
02.20.2009Minority Clerkship a Continuing Success
This year marks twenty-three for the pipeline program with the number of summer positions and employers remaining stable in spite of the current economic downturn.
02.20.2009Managing in Turbulent Times
Designed for new lawyers, this is an overview of the job market for legal professionals, as well as job hunting tips for the unemployed attorney.
02.13.2009Adoption Law Moot Court Calls for Judges
Capital University Law School and the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy will host the annual Child Welfare & Adoption Law Moot Court, March 13-14.
On February 6, 2009, the Columbus Bar Board of Governors met to consider reports and recommendations. The Board took the following action on the matters before it:
02.06.2009Deadline Extended: Call for Award Nominations
Each year, the Columbus Bar recognizes both lawyers and non-lawyers for their service to the community and the commitments they have made to increase awareness and understanding of the law.
01.30.2009Save the Date
Columbus Bar Foundation 2009 Gala set for April 4.
01.30.2009Members Save on Health Insurance
We know that controlling your firm’s overhead is essential. We want to assure you that you are getting the best coverage at the most affordable costs.
01.23.2009Many Sincere Thanks
The Columbus Bar wishes to recognize and celebrate the contribution of the following individuals who shared their vast expertise by presenting (or organizing) Continuing Legal Education seminars in July through December 2008.
01.23.2009We're All in This Together
These days it seems as though every time you turn on the television or visit your favorite news-related website, there is more bad news about the economy.
01.15.2009WLFC - Dining Circle for Networking
The Women Lawyers of Franklin County, with the Columbus Bar, is offering a new mentoring program bringing together women with varying professional backgrounds. The Dining Circle is an opportunity
It’s the Economy: Watch your e-mail for a survey being delivered to Columbus Bar members next week (or take it now by clicking on the 'more' link below) to assess how current economic conditions are impacting the local legal profession.
01.13.2009RPLI Agenda Set
The Real Property Law Institute, February 5 & 6, features a wide range of compelling topics for 2009. How a
President's Message from Kathleen Trafford: Now that the fourth quarter of 2008 is closed, many of us are looking forward to 2009 with the hope that