12.17.2010CBA Joins National Effort to Benefit Employees
The Columbus Bar Lawyer Referral Service will be participating with the U.S. Department of Labor, the American Bar Association, and Lawyer Referral Services from all over the country in a new program to help people with FMLA and FLSA claims.
12.17.2010What's Special About this Dog?
This dog, Alex, is being raffled off on Dec 22 as part of a fundraiser supporting the Domestic Violence and Stalking Unit of the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. Over $900 has already been donated - please help us reach our goal of $1,000.
12.17.2010Live at the CBA... It's CLE!
The JFerm No Frills No Fluff Law Practice Management Series will air its final live episode on December 22 with presenters Matthew Krejci and Jessika Ferm.
12.10.2010New Insurance Amendments with Grandfathered Regulations
In November, the agencies responsible for implementing the health care reform law’s grandfather rules (the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services) issued amendments to the regulations they issued last June.
12.10.2010Some FSA Funds May Expire This Month
Many flexible spending account (FSA) funds are set to expire at year end. If you have unspent money in your account, rather than lose it on January 1, consider scheduling a preventive health screening.
12.10.2010On Your Desk from the Supreme Court of Ohio
Final Reporting Transcripts have been mailed to attorneys whose last names begin with a letter from M through Z. Please review your transcript and make any needed changes or corrections on the face of the document.
12.03.2010A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Our Own
Not to be outdone by the upcoming celebration of the new courthouse, the Columbus Bar staged its own ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to officially welcome Jill Snitcher McQuain in her new capacity as Executive Director.
12.03.2010WANTED: Employers for 2011 Minority Clerkship Program
While the chill of winter, football games, and weather forecasts for light snow don’t conjure up thoughts of lazy summer days, now really is the time to secure your clerks through the 2011 Minority Clerkship program!
11.12.2010How Litigation Software Saves Time and Money
Managing and reviewing discovery (and e-Discovery) can be overwhelming. The reality is that most cases fall into the small and medium size category. However, most firms invest in big case software solutions they may never use again.
11.10.2010Columbus Bar Names New Executive Director
The Honorable Stephen L. McIntosh, President of the Columbus Bar Association, has announced the selection of Jill Snitcher McQuain as the new Executive Director of the Association. Ms. Snitcher McQuain will succeed Alex Lagusch, who is retiring.
11.05.2010Healthcare Reform: OTC Medications
Starting January 1, 2011, health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) can no longer reimburse participants for non-prescribed over-the-counter drugs/medicines (OTC items) other than insulin.
11.05.2010Building Long-Term Relationships
When it comes to clients, it’s always cheaper and easier to keep the ones you have than go out and get new ones. Yet many law firms focus their energy on acquiring new clients at the expense of serving existing ones.
11.05.2010Social Security Disability Update
Two Administrative Law Judges are among presenters as the new Social Security Disability Committee joins forces with the Social Security Area Director’s office for CLE at the Columbus Bar on November 18, 1:30 to 4:45pm.
10.29.2010He's Back! Abraham Lincoln Returns to the Columbus Bar
Before serving as the 16th President of the Unites States, Abraham Lincoln was a successful attorney. He’s coming to the CBA on November 17 to speak to his colleagues via video vignettes intertwined with presentations by local attorneys and judges.
10.29.2010Showing Up for Stand Down
The Columbus Bar sends thanks to all of the volunteer attorneys, social workers, barbers, health care professionals and others who participated on October 19 at the annual Veteran Stand Down at Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus.
10.29.2010A Company Owned by its ESOP
Use of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan is a common, yet complex, way of compensating employees. These systems present a set of unique considerations for you or your client’s business.
10.29.2010Show Me the Value!
Financial decisions are being made more and more prudently given the twists and turns of the current economic world. Now more than ever, clients are wanting to see the value obtained for the dollar spent.
10.29.2010Candidates Sought for McCormac Award
Capital Law School Paralegal Programs, the Columbus Bar, and Project Lawyers established an award honoring Judge John W. McCormac in 1972. Nominations are now open for the 2009 recipient.
10.22.2010Searching for Success?
Looking back over 17 years, I find it comes from my involvement with the Columbus Bar - all starting from attendance at committee meetings.
10.22.2010Brown, Voinovich Announce Nomination Process
U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and George V. Voinovich (R-OH) announced the start of the process for recommending a candidate to fill the anticipated vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
10.15.20108th Annual Immigration Law Institute
Not just for immigration attorneys, the conference agenda encompasses timely information relevant to practitioners of immigration law, family law, international law, labor and employment law, and covers immigration issues in other areas of practice.
10.15.2010One Hour Packed with Years of Experience
Robert E. Adelman, attorney and owner/operator at Cefaratti Group, a litigation support company based in Cleveland, will be presenting a 1.0 CLE hour program on November 3.
10.08.2010Managing Partners Annual Diversity Meeting 2010
Since the baseline results gathered ten years ago, the signatory firms of the Columbus Bar Managing Partners Diversity Initiative have made notable progress with a 77% increase in the number of minority attorneys.
10.08.2010Legal Aid Names New Director
Maria Soto, former deputy director for Legal Services of Greater Miami, has joined the Legal Aid Society of Columbus as its new executive director.
10.08.2010Legal Aid for Arts and Artists
The Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Bar have designed a pro bono legal assistance program for Franklin County artists and small arts organizations.
10.08.2010Bankruptcy Boot Camp: Are you in shape for the BAPCPA?
If you or someone you love wants to practice in the area of bankruptcy (this includes attorneys, paralegals and support staff who have direct contact with the bankruptcy court), then Bankruptcy Boot Camp is for you.
Last week a small group of Columbus Bar attorneys were taken through the new construction (first three floors) accompanied by a leading contractor.
09.30.2010Justice Stratton Keynote for NALS
Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton will be the keynote speaker at the NALS of Central Ohio 2010 Night of Excellence. The event is held to present the Award of Excellence to an outstanding member.
09.24.2010Guide to Ohio Courts Now Online
What's in the online Guide to Ohio Courts? All kinds of useful information about local judges and courts to better prepare for practice before them. Essentially, this is The Local Practice Handbook coming to life after being put to bed for the last time.
09.24.2010Willis Health Care Reform Calculator
Some provisions of the new health care reform law are already in place, while others go into effect this month and still more changes are coming in 2014 and 2018.
09.24.2010Making Choices - New and Pending Tax Legislation
Are business tax issues leaving your clients scratching their heads, wondering “Do we S, C, LLC or maybe all three?” On October 13, at the second installment of the Taxing Matters Series, Bruce D. Bernard will shine clarity on this vexing issue.
09.24.2010Shots Fired II: Reloaded
A sequel to last year’s popular CLE “Shots Fired” is coming up October 15, for 3.0 CLE hours credit. With yet another landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision this past summer, the area of firearms law is constantly changing.
09.24.2010Paralegal CLE Series Continues
The Paralegal CLE series is in full swing and the compelling topics have caught the attention of local attorneys. All programs are 1 CLE hour, from 12:30pm-1:30pm.
09.17.2010In-House Perspectives at Masters Series: Employment Law
The Columbus Bar is presenting its 2nd annual Masters Series Labor & Employment program on Sept 30, featuring seasoned private and public sector employment lawyers, presenting views from many sides of the most current and pressing employment law issues.
09.10.2010Preferred Judicial Candidates Selected by Local Attorneys
The Columbus Bar annual Preference Poll results for candidates running for election in the Franklin County Tenth District Court of Appeals; Common Pleas, General Division; Common Pleas, Domestic/Juvenile Division; and Probate courts are in.
09.10.2010Bruce Lynn to Present at Noon Luncheon on October 5
Art and travel are on the menu when Bruce Lynn (Columbus Bar Past President (1956) and former photographer for British West Indian Airways) presents his incredible photography and shares stories and travel tips.
09.10.2010A Trial of a Different Kind
The 3.0 hour CLE, The Basics of Court Appointments, set for Friday, September 17, is a trial of a different kind – a trial run, if you will.
09.10.2010Tackling Techno Stress
It isn’t even 8:00am yet, and you have already responded to 15 emails, made four discovery requests, called your child’s school, and made an appointment to see the dentist. Sound familiar?
08.27.2010How to Make it to "The List"
Judge Michael J. Holbrook, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, has organized a 3.0 CLE seminar titled "Basics of Court Appointments," slated for Friday, September 17 from 1:30-4:45pm. He will be joined by Judge Kim A. Browne and Judge Anne Taylor.
08.27.2010CLE Masters Series: Health Care Reform
Masters Series: Health Care Reform will take place on September 10 and offers 6.25 CLE credit hours. This program will cover issues regarding health care reform as it relates to employee benefits, fraud and abuse, reimbursement and payor systems and more.
08.27.2010CBA@noon - September 14
Lockstep? Apprenticeship? Core Competencies? New Directions For Entering The Profession.
08.26.2010Judiciary Committee Process and Bylaws
To help understand the Preference Poll, you must know that the Preference Poll includes the findings of the Columbus Bar Judiciary Committee candidate screenings.
08.20.2010Judicial Rules Amended
The Supreme Court of Ohio has amended portions of two rules governing disclosure of political party affiliation and solicitations of campaign contributions by judicial candidates.
08.20.2010Let's Not Give Them Something to Talk About
Alvin Mathews, Bricker & Eckler, and Mark Weaver from Communications Counsel, Inc. will team up to present “Election Law and Social Media,” a 3.0 hour CLE, Wednesday September 15.
08.20.2010On Powerful Communication Strategies
Persuading a jury. Engaging a client. Influencing a team. Attorneys rely on their communication skills to achieve results like these on a daily basis.
08.13.2010Past President Bruce Lynn to Speak at CBA@noon
The Columbus Bar is pleased to announce the creation of a new, weekly luncheon program. CBA@noon will offer networking, socializing, and timely personal and professional development topics.
08.13.2010Generational Differences in the Workplace
The Columbus Bar, Willis and UnitedHealthcare will bring Bar members a new luncheon series this fall. Generations at Work, the first luncheon in this series, will take place on August 24 from noon to 1:00pm.
08.13.2010Masters Series: Employment Law
William A. Nolan of Barnes & Thornburg and Marie-Joelle C. Khouzam, Carlile Patchen & Murphy, are sharing the lead in organizing Masters Series: Employment Law - a 6.0 hour CLE seminar scheduled for September 30.
08.13.2010Updates on New Tax Legislation
Business Tax Committee is kicking off a new season with its popular Taxing Matter Series, on September 8. For the premier, the group welcomes Brent Johnson, CPA, MT, partner in the firm of Yankovich Adelman Johnson Stevenson, LLC.
08.06.2010Masters Series 2010-2011 Begins with Health Care Reform
Masters Series: Health Care Reform will take place on September 10 and offers 6.25 CLE credit hours. This program will cover issues regarding health care reform as it relates to employee benefits, fraud and abuse, reimbursement and payor systems and more.
08.06.2010PACO Leaders 2010-2011
Paralegals met at the Franklin County Conservatory last month for the installation of new officers.
08.06.2010PACO and the Bar Pairing Up for CLE
A six-part series will kick off in September with monthly, one-hour CLE seminars offered beginning in September through February. Each program will be on a Wednesday and begin at 12:30.
08.06.2010Judge Sutton to Speak at Civil War Meeting
The next meeting of the Civil War Club is set for 12-1 pm on Sept. 10. The speaker is Hon. Jeff Sutton of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and his presentation is titled "Major Battles of the Civil War Era: The Legacy of Lincoln and the Supreme Court."
08.06.2010Supreme Court Adopts Changes to Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules
Under changes to the Supreme Court of Ohio Rule governing the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL), the Ohio Attorney General will be authorized to investigate and prosecute UPL cases starting September 1. Justices concurred 7-0 in adopting the amendments.
07.30.2010Intellectual Property - Forum for Ideas
Fields of law covered by the new Intellectual Property Committee will range from trademark, copyright, and patent to sports and entertainment law. All Columbus Bar members are urged to participate in the committee's launch.
07.30.2010New Energy Comes to the Bar
The fall season brings us Ohio State football, cooler weather, colorful foliage and this year, energy law! On September 16, the first Energy Law Committee meeting will be held at the Columbus Bar offices. The meetings are open to all CBA members.
07.30.2010Social Security Disability Committee Making Big Plans
The Columbus Bar has approved a one-year pilot for a Social Security Disability Committee, with goals of providing SSD practitioners a forum for the exchange of news and information and facilitating communication between the SSD bar and the Agency.
07.30.2010No Frills No Fluff, Just Good Stuff
J.Ferm, a locally-based, international leadership development solutions firm, has teamed up with the Columbus Bar to offer a CLE program series. The No Frills No Fluff Law Practice Management series will kick off on August 18.
07.23.2010Priming the Diversity Pipeline Pump
Various members of the Columbus Bar are encouraging promising youngsters in high school and law school to pursue careers in the legal profession this summer.
07.23.2010Columbus Bar Introduces Three New Committees
The Columbus Bar is pleased to announce the creation of three new committees. Meetings begin in September.
To join a committee, visit the committee webpage or contact Donna Sweet.
07.23.2010Changes Coming for Out-of-State Attorneys
In about six months out-of-state attorneys who want to appear temporarily in a proceeding in Ohio (pro hac vice) will notice some significant changes to the process.
07.09.2010Ben, Beatles, and *Birthday Balloons
It was June 30, but it felt like December with the Training Room at the Columbus Bar Association full of attorneys pursuing their continuing legal education requirements.
07.09.2010Twelve Hours Work in an 8-Hour Day
Einstein may have discovered that time speeds up or down depending upon how fast one thing is moving in relation to something else, but in law firms, time seems fixed.
07.09.2010Law and Leadership Starts Its Third Year
The Law and Leadership Institute identifies promising youth from urban neighborhoods and grooms them to be future leaders in the legal profession by offering them a chance to study law during the summer at an Ohio law school.
07.02.2010Health Care Reform: Prohibition on Canceling Coverage
The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prohibits group health plans from canceling, or rescinding, coverage of an enrolled individual once the enrollee is covered except in cases of intentional misrepresentation or fraud.
07.02.2010Supreme Court Seeks Comment on New Juvenile Protection Rule
Public comment will be accepted until July 20 on a new rule that would authorize juvenile courts to issue civil protection orders against juveniles and standardized forms with instructions about how to petition the court for a protection order.
07.01.2010iAppeal, Internet Medical and ERE Training Available!
SSA is offering iAppeal and Internet Disability Report training through September 24th. In conjunction with SSA training, the Ohio Disability Determination Service will also provide Electronic Records Express (ERE) training.
06.25.2010Mentoring Program Seeks Participants
A Supreme Court of Ohio mentoring program for new lawyers needs more mentors from Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. Newly admitted lawyers are also encouraged to register for the upcoming mentoring term.
06.18.2010Ford Huffman New Foundation President
Judge Robert Duncan officiated at the installation of Ford Huffman as the 2010-11 Columbus Bar Foundation President at the Annual Meeting last week.
06.18.2010Healthcare Reform: Tax Benefits for Adult Child Coverage
Under a new tax provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act the value of any employer-provided health coverage for an employee’s child is excluded from the employee’s income through the end of the taxable year in which the child turns 26.
06.18.2010Foodfight 6.30 is Back!
Foodfight 6.30 is back! The Central Ohio Restaurant Association (CORA) has assembled a great group of restaurants for the second annual “eat out to fight hunger” event. Supporting Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed has never been tastier.
06.18.2010PACO Elections & Oscar Party
Come celebrate with the executive board, recognizing our sustaining members, committee members, advisory board members, and you! After elections are complete, we will begin our big bash and send you back to work in a fabulous mood.
06.11.2010Attorneys Outperform Pro Bono Report for 2008
A higher percentage of reporting Ohio attorneys worked pro bono in 2009 than those who reported for 2008, according to the second annual results of pro bono activities statewide.
06.11.2010CDHPs Changes Under Health Care Reform
Employees with an FSA or HRA cannot use funds in those accounts for over-the-counter medications, with the exception of insulin, unless prescribed by a physician, as of Jan. 1, 2011.
06.04.2010John Mercer Langston Bar Salutes Columbus Bar Initiative
Carl Smallwood and Judge McIntosh accepted the Outstanding Organization Award for the Columbus Bar's Managing Partners Diversity Initiative from JMLBA President Anthony Sharett and Treasurer Jennifer Adair at an award ceremony held on May 27.
06.04.2010Minority Clerkship Program Offers Summer Enrichment
In addition to the clerking, the class of 2010 will engage in a variety of other activities. This year the Minorities in the Law committee planned a speaker series with lunch, which includes a networking opportunity with attorneys.
05.28.2010CBA + OMBAC + Peach(NM) = E-CLE
Don’t know much about algebra. Don’t know what a slide rule is for. But we do know CBA + OMBAC + Peach(NM) = E-CLE.
05.28.2010Columbus Bar Foundation Announces New Board
Columbus Bar Foundation President Frank Ray reported that the trustees elected the following officers for 2010-2011: Fordham Huffman, President; Heather Sowald, Vice President; and David Alexander, Secretary/Treasurer.
05.28.2010Early Retiree Reinsurance Facts
The early retiree reinsurance program provides $5 billion for temporary financial help for employer plans to continue to provide valuable coverage to certain retirees.
05.28.2010Wills Clinic Makes Debut in Hilliard
The Paralegal Association of Central Ohio held its first Pro Bono Wills Clinic at the Hilliard Senior Citizens Center last week. Several clients from the community used the service to update wills or establish wills.
05.21.2010New Executive Director Search
A national search will be conducted for a new Columbus Bar Executive Director as a result of an announcement from Alex Lagusch that he will retire at the end of the year.
05.17.2010Congratulations, 2010-2011 Board of Governors Members
Congratulations to the newly-elected and re-elected 2010-2011 Board of Governors’ members, Jennifer A. Adair, Aaron L. Granger, Jay E. Michael, Mark C. Petrucci, Rosemary Ebner Pomeroy, and Keith W. Schneider.
“Isn’t every divorce unconventional?” You may ask. While each divorce case has its anomalies, the purpose of this 3.0 seminar is to cover two areas that arise infrequently.
05.14.2010Healthcare Reform: Coverage for OTC Medications
Starting January 1, 2011, health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement
arrangements (HRAs) can no longer reimburse participants for non-prescribed over-the-counter drugs/medicines (OTC items) other than insulin.
05.07.2010Minority Clerkship Program Student Orientation
Sixteen attorneys shared summer success strategies, ethics considerations and pitfalls to avoid with the 2010 class of the Minority Clerkship Program during their annual orientation last month.
05.07.2010Awards of Excellence 2010
Members of the Columbus Bar on Tuesday gathered at the Hyatt on Capital Square to honor the 2010 Awards of Excellence recipients.
04.30.20102010 Judicial Performance Poll Results
Courts of Appeals, Common Pleas, and Domestic Relations/Juvenile benches were rated by attorneys in the Columbus Bar Association Performance Poll 2010.
04.30.2010Board of Governors Candidates 2010-2011
Twelve members of the Columbus Bar selected to run for the Board of Governors and one candidate for the office of secretary/treasurer have been recommended by the Nominations & Elections committee chaired by Past President Kathleen M. Trafford.
04.30.2010Columbus Bar Association Annual Meeting: June 4, 2010
The Columbus Bar Association’s Board of Governors cordially invites you to celebrate the installation of
President Hon. Stephen L. McIntosh and honor retiring Executive Director Alex Lagusch at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
04.30.2010Remembering Benson Wolman
The first Benson Wolman Award will be presented to Julie Davis, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Retail Ventures, Inc., and President of the Board of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.
04.28.2010Healthcare Reform Update
Questions about how healthcare reform will affect your employee benefits plan? Willis has joined with the Columbus Bar to offer members an informative seminar highlighting the latest developments.
04.23.2010Errors & Omissions
Our most sincere apologies to the following Sustaining Members who were inadvertently left off the list that appeared in last week’s Columbus Bar Friday. Please join us in recognizing our Sustaining Members for their investment in our profession.
04.23.2010Here Comes the Judge(s)!
The Bankruptcy Law Institute set for April 29-30 will include presentations by eight judges.
04.23.2010Board Action on Dues
The Columbus Bar’s Board of Governors on March 19 passed a dues increase of ten dollars ($10) for all membership categories. The contribution for becoming a sustaining member will be decreased by ten dollars ($10).
04.23.2010Women Lawyers of Franklin County Annual Meeting & Silent Auction
This is a free luncheon event for members of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on a variety of terrific auction items and enjoy networking over lunch with a panel of judges sharing their views from the bench.
04.16.2010Attorneys Get in Trouble When They...
Judge Kim A. Browne will present a 1.0 hour domestic relations CLE on May 10. She will be sharing information about how attorneys get into, and stay out of, trouble while in the courtroom or conducting business through the court system.
04.16.2010They've Got Our Back, and We've Got Yours!
One of the ways the Columbus Bar has your back is by continually striving to offer you good, quality CLE seminars that are informative and interesting. One of the ways the CBA is helped in doing so is through sponsors.
04.16.2010New Pro Bono Program for Low-Income Consumers
Volunteer lawyers are needed to assist the ever-growing numbers of pro se litigants who have a pressing need for legal assistance on a host of consumer law issues, particularly consumer debt.
04.16.2010Clerk of Courts Clarifies Record Retention Policy
With digital images of many civil and criminal case filings now available on line, Clerk of Courts wants to assure the legal community that her office has record retention policies in place so that records remain available as necessary.
04.09.2010New Lawyers and Columbus Blue Jackets Partner for "Law Night 2010"
New Lawyers Committee partnered with the Columbus Blue Jackets to host Law Night 2010, an event designed to give Ohio area law students a chance to interact with practicing lawyers, as well as professionals with law degrees who have pursued other careers.
04.02.2010Columbus Bar Honors Seven for Extraordinary Service
The 2010 Awards of Excellence Luncheon is set for May 4, noon at the Hyatt on Capitol Square. Columbus Bar President Elizabeth Watters will honor seven Columbus leaders for service to the community and the legal profession.
04.02.2010Probate Law Institute - April 20
For over a decade, this institute has provided useful insights and updates for Central Ohio’s probate professionals. Organized by Jane Higgins Marx, this year we welcome back Probate Court Judge Brown and are pleased to be joined by other expert faculty.
04.02.2010An Apology to the Author
We missed a copy revision in the Spring 2010 edition of Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly. On page 39, “A Snapshot of the Gun Control Act,” the last line of the first paragraph, middle column should read...
The 2010 Performance Poll of sitting judges in the Tenth District Court of Appeals, Common Pleas General Division, Domestic Relations/Juvenile and Probate courts will go online Monday, April 12, and remain available through April 23.
03.26.2010Sandy McIntosh to Serve on Board
At the March 19, 2010 meeting of the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors, Sandra R. McIntosh of Fruend Freeze & Arnold was unanimously appointed to fill a vacancy on the Columbus Bar Board of Governors.
The CLE Institute season at the Columbus Bar concludes in April with two heavy hitters: Probate Law Institute on April 20 and the Bankruptcy Law Institute, April 29-30.
03.26.2010Awards Luncheon Set for May 4
The Columbus Bar will host its annual Awards of Excellence luncheon to present the 2010 Award of Merit, Community Service Awards and the Liberty Bell.
03.26.2010Board Action on Dues
The Columbus Bar’s Board of Governors this past Friday passed a dues increase of ten dollars ($10) for all membership categories. The contribution for becoming a sustaining member will be decreased by ten dollars ($10).
03.26.2010Green Committee Views the Process
Members of the Columbus Bar Green Initiative last week toured the Rumpke Recycling Center on Fields Avenue for an up-close look at the art of recycling.
Frank D. Celebrezze (1928-2010) and Dean Strausbaugh (1919-2010).
03.26.2010Operation Feed Needs You
Last year many central Ohio law firms joined with the Columbus Bar to support Operation Feed, Mid-Ohio’s virtual food drive, to benefit central Ohio families. Join fellow Bar members in reaching our goal of donating 5,000 meals to those less fortunate.
03.26.2010Women Lawyers of Franklin County - Free Lunch?
Join the Women Lawyers of Franklin County for their April luncheon, featuring Executive Communications Coach Merri Bame speaking on the barriers that hold us back, and the ability we have to move forward.
03.19.2010Pro Bono Reporting Deadline Three Weeks Away
Active Ohio attorneys with an email address on file with the Supreme Court of Ohio have until March 31 to voluntarily report pro bono work and financial contributions to programs that provide legal services to persons of limited means for 2009.
03.19.2010Lost in Translation...NOT
Join us for a 3.0 CLE hour seminar on March 25, 2010 from 1:30pm – 4:45pm called “Interpreters: Sure He’s Bilingual, But Does He Know Double Jeopardy?”
03.19.2010Columbus Red Mass Set for May 4
The 26th annual Red Mass is set for Tuesday, May 4, 5:15pm at St. Joseph Cathedral. All judges, elected officials, and friends are encouraged to attend. Judges are encouraged to wear their robes.
03.12.2010Make It Count: Solo Practice & Small Firm Institute
This 6.0 CLE hour institute, including 1.0 hour Ethics, makes it count on multiple levels. The comprehensive agenda is filled with topics designed to help you maximize your practice in a cost effective way.
03.12.2010Don't Let Your Easy Pass...Pass!
If you purchased Easy Pass with your Columbus Bar membership renewal last year, don’t forget that it expires June 30, 2010. As a reminder, this $100 pass is good for 12 CLE hours.
03.12.2010Columbus Bar Space Rental - Rooms to Let
Members of the legal community are invited to rent meeting facilities at the Columbus Bar headquarters. Our central downtown location, convenient parking at neighboring City Center garage, and reasonable rental rates make our facilities an ideal venue.
03.11.2010Facebook, Twitter, et al. and the Law
As technology evolves, the law (and attorneys) must evolve with it. The rise of social media, with sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as a method of communication cannot be ignored by attorneys.
03.10.2010Consumers Have New Option in Battling Aggressive Debt Collection
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Hon. Stephen McIntosh of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and Columbus Bar Association President Elizabeth Watters have announced a pro bono clinic designed to help consumers battling with debt collectors.
03.08.2010Please Report Your Pro Bono Hours
Ohio attorneys voluntarily reported more than 123,000 pro bono service hours in 2008 and about $700,000 in financial contributions; over 30,000 hours in Columbus alone (from the Columbus Bar survey).
03.05.2010Nominating Committee Members Named
Past President Kathleen M. Trafford will chair the Columbus Bar 2010 nominating committee set to begin the process of selecting candidates for the 2010 Board of Governors election to be held in May.
03.05.2010Pro Bono Award Call for Candidates
The Columbus Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award recognizing exceptional pro bono representation.
03.05.2010Sure He's Bilingual, But Does He Know Double Jeopardy?
For most monolinguals, interpreting appears to be an easy task, but it is actually quite complicated and demanding. To be a good court interpreter a person needs thorough knowledge of two languages and two cultures and much more.
03.05.2010Report Card for Intern Program
In partnership with the Columbus Public Schools, the ALA/Columbus Chapter Legal Career Development Committee recently concluded its Annual Legal Career Intern Program.
03.05.2010Members to Tour Rumpke Recycling Center
Ever wonder what really happens to all those empty soft drink cans and old newspapers that you drop in the recycling bin? Curious about how recyclables are sorted, baled and shipped to their respective markets?
03.05.2010151 Ohio Justices Have Included Seven Women
With National Women’s History Month beginning this week, here are a few facts and figures about the women who have served as Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court since 1803.
02.26.2010Translation Project Expands Access to Court Forms
Vital court information will be more readily accessible to non-English speaking Ohioans and those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) as the result of a translation project initiated by the Ohio Supreme Court.
02.26.2010Federal Estate Tax Repeal
What are the ins and outs of this limbo period in Estate Tax? On March 10, from 12:15pm-1:15pm, our Taxing Matters Series delves into this question.
02.26.2010Capital Case Representation Rule Adopted
The Supreme Court of Ohio has amended the rules concerning appointment of counsel for indigent defendants in capital cases. The new amendments take effect March 1, Justices concurring 7-0.
02.26.2010Judges Needed for Moot Court
Capital University Law School and the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy will host the fifth annual Child Welfare & Adoption Law Moot Court Competition on March 12, Friday at the Statehouse and March 13, Saturday at the Justice Center.
02.26.2010Franklin County Judicial Elections
Twenty-ten promises an exciting election season with a Supreme Court contest and eight contested judicial races in Franklin County courts, including two open seats. Below is a list of “match-ups” for the November elections.
02.19.2010View from the Bench - Franklin County and Beyond
The 2010 Masters Series will kick off March 12 with a Family Relations Law 6.0 hour CLE seminar. Organizers have arranged a slate of distinguished speakers for this event including judges of the Domestic Division of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
02.19.2010February is Heart Month
Each year 750,000 Americans discover they have heart disease by suffering a heart attack. While various screening methods exist, stress testing, EKG, etc., these methods focus on detection of symptoms rather than the underlying disease.
02.12.2010Rock 'n Bowl 2010
The Columbus Bar Foundation would like to thank the following judges for participating in the 2010 Rock’n Bowl that raised over $100,000 for the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
02.12.2010Columbus Bar Members Judge Mock Trial
Nearly 50 Columbus Bar members and 300 high school students braved the snow and ice on last week to participate in the 2010 District Mock Trial Competition at Franklin County Municipal Court.
02.05.2010Changes in the Code of Regulations
A special meeting of voting members of the Association (as defined in Article III of the Code) will be held on Friday, February 19, 2009 at 11:00am at the Columbus Bar offices to ratify the proposed change to the Code of Regulations.
02.05.2010QFM, Columbus Bar Foundation and Friends
QFM96, Columbus Bar Foundation and friends hope to raise over $100,000 for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Child and Family Advocacy at the 2010 Rock 'n Bowl on February 6.
02.05.2010Final Selection for Minority Clerkship Program
Twenty-three attorney volunteers will interview over fifty applicants to the Minority Clerkship Program on February 6. This marks the twenty-fourth year for the program open to minority students from Capital and Moritz Law Schools.
01.29.2010Smallwood Honored at MLK Reception
Nearly 200 people attended the Martin Luther King Jr. reception as the Columbus Bar honored Carl Smallwood for his exceptional vision and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession.
01.29.2010Shots Fired! Understanding Firearms Law
This seminar is essential for attorneys who represent criminally accused gun owners as well as those representing business owners wanting to ensure accordance with the law.
01.29.2010Good News for Green
“Green Initiative” was created in May 2008 - the goal was to see what role the Columbus Bar might play in supporting member firms to be more sustainable, as well as what steps the Association itself might be able to take to be “greener.”
01.29.2010OLAF's Bob Clyde Retires
The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation's founder and Executive Director, Robert Clyde has announced his retirement after 15 years.
01.29.2010Nuts and Bolts Series Concludes
Part 3 of Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy will take place February 12 from 9:00am to 12:15pm, and has been approved by the Supreme Court for 3.0 CLE hours.
The Home Guard of the legal profession in Ohio is the attorney disciplinary system under the generalship of the Supreme Court of Ohio and its Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Disciple.
01.22.2010Who's Signed Up for Rock 'n Bowl 2010?
The Columbus Bar Foundation thanks the following Judges, law firms, corporations, service organizations and agencies for signing up to participate in Rock ’n Bowl 2010. It’s not too late to join in and help support central Ohio children and families.
01.22.2010The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided a temporary subsidy for the cost of COBRA continuation health coverage. On December 19, 2009, President Obama signed legislation extending the COBRA premium subsidy.
01.22.2010Nominations Open for Annual Awards
Each year lawyers and non-lawyers are recognized for community service. The Association Relations Committee, led by Immediate Past President Kathleen Trafford, reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors.
01.15.2010Columbus Bar Helps Haiti
On behalf of the Columbus Bar Association, I am pleased to announce that the CBA is giving an immediate $5,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Haiti.
Message from the President - A new year brings great opportunities and benefits for members of the Columbus Bar.
01.15.2010Real Property Law Institute, February 4-5
This annual one-and-a-half-day event will include presentations on foreclosure, receiverships, mortgage and mechanic's liens, environmental court, development, eminent domain, land protection tools, project value, closings, social media and much more.
01.15.2010Update from the Common Pleas Committee
Judge Charles Schneider spoke with the Common Pleas Court Committee last week, reporting on various issues facing the Court and noting that 2010 will bring at least one new face to the Court with six current judges up for election and one retiring judge.
Firearms law is an ever growing area; both federal and state regulations can impact an array of practice areas including criminal and estate planning.
01.15.2010Clerk's Office Posts on Website
Documents filed with the Franklin County Clerk of Courts on December 1 and after can be located on the Clerk’s Case Information Online docket system. A red and white icon on the docket line indicates that the filing can be viewed online.
01.15.2010New Rules for TOD
SB 124 requires that a designation of a beneficiary of a transfer on death of real property must be created by affidavit rather than a deed. This means that deeds may no longer be used.
01.08.2010Volunteers Needed to Judge District Mock Trial
Students from Franklin County will take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses arguing both sides of a hypothetical case in the 2010 Ohio High School Mock Trial Competition, annual program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.
01.08.2010New Adoption Forms Mandated
Be advised the Supreme Court of Ohio has issued new adoption forms for the “Petition for Adoption of Minor,” the “Notice of Hearing on Petition for Adoption,” and the “Judgment Entry Finding Consent Not Required.”
01.08.2010Real Property Law Institute, February 4-5
This annual one-and-a-half-day event will include presentations on foreclosure, receiverships, mortgage and mechanic's liens, environmental court, development, eminent domain, land protection tools, project value, closings, social media, and more.
01.08.2010Bowl with a Judge!
At Rock 'n Bowl 2010, on Saturday, February 6, 12:30-2:30 pm, happy teams of lawyers and their staffs will be chatting it up over rented shoes and brightly colored bowling balls with the esteemed members of our local bench.