August 17, 2012
FIRM NEWS: Porter Wright has launched its latest blog – Oil & Gas Law Report. Peck Shaffer (according to Thomson Reuters) has been ranked as No. 1 bond counsel in both Ohio and Kentucky; No. 1 in Ohio among underwriters counsel. Roetzel has been ranked (National Law Journal) on its list of top law firms in the Midwest.
THIRTY-ONE JUDGES from Ohio were the first group ever invited to an FBI training session that centered on data submitted to and available from the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. The purpose of the briefing was to improve the quality of data sent to the FBI, which will result in more accurate data available to justice system partners. One of the areas of focus was properly cataloging defendants who should be flagged for a weapons disqualification and therefore unable to buy or possess a firearm.
Ohio legal aid and pro bono attorneys have helped save 2,370 homes from foreclosure since 2008, according to the OHIO LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION 2011 annual report released this month. Since 2008, legal aid staff and pro bono attorneys have completed more than 16,000 cases on behalf of low-income homeowners facing foreclosure.
JANICE FLOWERS, CLEMENT PYLES, MARION SMITHBERGER, THOMAS ANGER and EUGENE MATAN were on call at Channel 6, public service hours last week. If you are interested in participating in "Ask the Attorney," Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm, call Marion Smithberger at 614/340.2070. This extraordinary pro bono program provides service to over 100 callers each week. All calls are confidential.