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In this issue...

1. Big Changes @
2. Healthcare Reform: We've Got You Covered
3. CLE Rule Changes Coming Soon
4. Picture This!
5. Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Jury
6. Fake Reviewers Get Zero Stars from New York AG
7. 2014 Judicial Candidate Seminars
8. Introducing: Foodie Field Trips
9. CBA Visits the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
10. Et Cetera

Big Changes @

If you've visited our website recently, you've undoubtedly noticed a few changes to the design and features. You may have also noticed that your login information has changed. Your username is the email address that the CBA has on file for you. Your password has been reset - you may create a new password by selecting "forgot my password" on the website login page.

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Healthcare Reform:
We've Got You Covered

With tensions rising over the imminent deadlines of healthcare reform, Columbus Bar members can rest easy. The Columbus Bar, through its partnership with Willis and United Healthcare, has arranged for many law firms to renew their existing plans until December 1, 2014, effectively locking in existing rates for another year.

Although the future of this bill as well as the impact remains to be unseen, at least our members can know their rates will not increase over the next 12 months.

Read more; get a health insurance quote

CLE Rule Changes Coming Soon

The Supreme Court of Ohio has amended the rules regarding continuing legal education for attorneys and judges. The amended rules go into effect January 2014.

Changes include: an increase in the amount of self-study hours allowed (from 6 hours to 12 hours), unbundled professional conduct hours, CLE credit for pro bono service, and more.

What other changes are coming?

Pro Bono Celebration 2013

On October 31, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, the Columbus Bar Association, and Columbus Bar Foundation presented awards to four outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the community.

Pictured, left to right: Foundation President Robert Meyer, James Park, Mark Fisher, Richard Brooks, Howard Baumwell, CBA President-Elect Keith Schneider, the Hon. Edmund Sargus.

Learn about this year's award winners

Volunteers Needed for "Trial Skills Institute" Jury on December 6

The Columbus Bar is seeking 12 non-attorneys to be a part of the jury for the "Trial Skills Institute" CLE on December. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and $50.

If interested, please contact Amy Randall at

More information about the Trial Skills Institute

Fake Reviewers Get Zero Stars from New York Attorney General

No doubt most of you reading this have looked at Yelp or Google+ Local to check the user reviews before you tried that restaurant, bakery or even dentist. On occasion, you may have wondered if some of those reviews were too good to be true. It turns out that some of them were.

New York's attorney general revealed the results of a yearlong investigation into the business of fake reviews.

Continue reading...

2014 Judicial Candidate Seminars

All judicial candidates, including incumbent judges, who are seeking election in the year 2014 must attend a campaign practices seminar. Judicial candidates are encouraged to bring their campaign chairperson, volunteers, and treasurer to the seminar. Seminars are free and pre-registration is not required.

Dates, times, and locations of judicial candidate seminars for 2014 judicial candidates can be found at the link below.

Schedule of 2014 judicial candidate seminars

Introducing: Foodie Field Trips

by Jamie Rehm

Before we get to the food, allow me to take a few sentences and introduce the purpose of this article. I have been one of the paralegals in the Ethics Department for a little over a year now. After getting settled in, I found out about a new restaurant within walking distance of our offices, and invited some co-workers to join me in trying out this new place. The outing was a hit. The next time I sent out an email and put together a "Foodie Field Trip", Jill approached me to put together a monthly review of our adventures for you.

Therefore, in this and the coming newsletters, at Jill's behest and to my delight, I will be setting up a field trip for the office, and bringing you a review of the restaurant that we visit. I hope you enjoy our little adventures, and if there's a restaurant that you'd like to recommend, feel free to drop me a line at

First review: Superchefs

Columbus Bar Association Executive Director Jill Snitcher McQuain Visits the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

On November 7, 2013, Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Executive Director Jill Snitcher McQuain met with Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Registrar Mike Rankin and CBA members to learn more about recent BMV law changes.

One change that was discussed at length was HB337, more specifically, the BMV reinstatement fee payment plan.

Continue reading...

Et Cetera

Proper Deposition Objections (Lawyerist)

LegalZoom to Unveil Lawyer Vending Machines at Courthouses Across America
(Bitter Lawyer) (please note: this article is satire)

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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Upcoming Events

November 22
CLE: Masters Series: Multidisciplinary Mental Health Issues

December 2
CLE: The House I Live In

December 3
CLE: Advanced Legal Research-Beyond The Basics

December 3
CLE: The Uniform Commerical Code: A Comprehensive Approach to Sales, Leases, Movement & Financing of Goods

December 4
CLE: Ohio Oil & Gas Law Update

December 4
CLE: Ethics, Professionalism & Substance Abuse Components of Transitional and Backup Planning

December 5
CLE: Shots Fired: Gun Law in the Crosshairs

December 5
CLE: Your Law Firm's Web Presence, Online Content, Creation Strategies and Channels and Related Ethics Issues

December 6
CLE: Trial Skills Institute

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CBA event calendar