Better late than never, here is our trumpet blast on the newest Google product that will allow free access to full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts using Google Scholar. It appears that results from all 50 states are available back to 1950, and it boasts an interesting feature that shows how the case was cited. The "How cited" tab appears to try and mimic a Shepard's or Keycite report listing other cases and law reviews that mention or quote the case at issue. Typical advanced Google search techniques still work, and you can search by case name or legal topic. At inception, Google Scholar was a way to find scholarly literature, but not necessarily legal articles. That has all changed becasue Google Scholar also includes bibliographic information from about 50% of Heinonline's current journals. Click here to read Google's summary of this new product.
Effective January 1, 2010, new changes are coming to Ohio's traffic ticket Rules. The Ohio Supreme Court has created a new traffic ticket for officers to use when they run out of their current supplies, and there are new rules that will change deadlines and allow for more cases to be disposed of without an appearance. The new ticket will only require 4 digits of a defendant's social security number but add room for the citing officer to report prior OVI convictions. Click here to read more about the new Rules.
Effective 1/1/11 (not 1/1/10), the Ohio Supreme Court will significantly chang the rules for out-of-state lawyers who want to be admitted to practice for a limited purpose in an Ohio case. Under amendments to Rule XII of the Rules for the Governement of the Bar, all pro hac vice admissions will have to go through the Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Services starting in 2011. All applicants will also have to pay a $100 fee and sign an "acknowledgement of Ohio’s attorney disciplinary rules and a statement that the attorney has not appeared more than three times in a calendar year in a pro hac vice capacity." Click here for a link to the new Rules in Word format.
Public comments are being accepted until February 10, 2010 on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankrutpcy and Criminal Procedure, as well as proposed style revisions to the Federal Rules of Evidence. Some of the proposed bankruptcy rule changes would clarify what information is needed for a proof of claim and allow limited extensions of time to object to a debtor's discharge. Most, if not all of the proposed criminal rule changes reflect the use of greater technology to allow video conferences or the receipt of information and issuance of documents through electronic means. The proposed style revisions to the evidence rules will purportedly make them easier to read without changing their meaning. Click here to review the list of proposed changes.
The Stem Legal Blog has collected some of the most creative and profound legal slogans from the United States, the U.K. and Canada.Two local firms that made the list employ the following taglines to entice clients: Baker & Hostetler-Counsel to Market Leaders; and Jones Day-One Firm Worldwide. A few that did not make the list might include: Ulmer & Berne-whose website scrolls through pictures featuring the words commitment, community, diversity, teamsork, and value; Squire Sanders & Dempsey-whose slogan is "Legal Counsel Worldwide"; Davis & Young-whose home page flashes Tradition, Integrity, Responsiveness; Porter Wright-whose website states "Realize what's possible"; and Elk & Elk-whose slogan is heard everywhere-"Serious Lawyers for Serious Injuries."
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is promoting November as National Adoption Month to encourage people to become adoptive parents and thank those who have already heard the call. Click here to read the ODJFS flyer, which indicates that over 12,000 Ohio children are currently in foster care, including 3,000 who are waiting to be permanently placed with an adoptive family. The flyer also provides links to additional information from the state and federal governments.
Most of Ohio's attorneys got their biennial registrations in on time this year. The Ohio Supreme Court only had to suspend 233 attorneys state-wide, which is less than 1% of the total attorneys registered in Ohio, i.e., 57,311. Click here for a list of those who failed to file on time and have thus been suspended. They can get reinstated by paying a hefty reinstatement fee of $300.
A brand new study on law.com indicates that women lawyers are still way behind their male counter-parts when it comes to making partner. Although women graduate from law schools as often as men, only 19.2% of partners across the country are women. At the rate women are going, experts claim there will not be an equal number of male and female partners until 2086. The numbers reflect some industry trends that might be changed with more flex-time options and parental leave policies. The article also suggests that the recession has disproportionately hit women lawyers who were working part-time, thus throwing another curve ball at their hope for partner status.
In typical Halloween-time tradition, the July Ohio Bar Exam results are out. According to the Ohio Supreme Court, almost 1,000 candidates passed the July 2009 bar exam at the rate of 81.3% of all test takers. First-timers scored a little better at an 87.8% success rate. Click here to open the entire list of happy candidates who will be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9th.