The Judicial Conference of the United States has recently decided to expand its current program of providing free, public access to opinions of federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. Although 29 selected courts' opinions have already been posted to the FDsys site, the project will soon be implemented nationally and provide access to all federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts' opinions. For local federal court practitioners, the FDsys site already contains opinions from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio from 2002-2012, as well as the years 1975, 1977 and 1983. One important caveat is that the collection of cases is not complete prior to 2004. However, the web site points out a good benefit: "[o]nce an opinion is located, all associated opinions within the same case can be accessed from the opinion More Information page."
As the result of a 2005 Court Advisory Committee Report, the Ohio Supreme Court has published an interactive guide entitled "Planning for Parenting Time: Ohio's Guide for Parents Living Apart." According to the Court's news release, this guide is "child-centered" and "provides guidelines for parenting time schedules... and customized options and ideas to structure parenting time based on the child’s age, the level and civility of the parents’ interaction and the daily schedule parents and children maintain." Specifically, the guide "contains at least 20 different parenting time options with sample schedules, tips, and pros and cons of using each option. The guide also covers how to handle holidays, vacations, and school breaks as well as modifying plans to account for long-distance parenting and relocations." The Court plans to send a print version of this guide to all Ohio domestic relations and juvenile court judges, as well as all legal aid organizations. However, the interactive version is already available on the Internet.
The Cleveland Law Library will kick off its Fall 2012 CLE season on November 9th with an engaging CLE program on Entertainment Law, featuring lawyer, author, and singer, Sheldon P. Starke, Esq. Although the heart of the field of entertainment law is either in New York City or Los Angeles, Mr. Starke has created and established a thriving practice from his home base of Cleveland, Ohio. With over 30 years in this field, Mr. Starke will share his expertise with lawyers who would like to enter this field without moving to another state. He plans to cover business paradigms, talent representation, management, and book publishing. He will also generously share some examples of contracts and agreements that he has drafted and negotiated. Mr. Starke is an engaging speaker who will provide a lively and informative program. Registration for the program begins at noon, and the program will run from 12:30-2:45 p.m.
Cleveland lawyers and law graduates have had it tough the last few years, just as have lawyers throughout the country. However, the Cleveland Plain Dealer just reported that some local law firms are bucking the nationwide trend. According to cleveland.com:
"Cleveland-based Tucker Ellis has brought on 21 lawyers this year, 16 of them at its downtown Cleveland office.Thompson Hine added eight attorneys at its Cleveland headquarters and 16 firmwide in the past year. Walter & Haverfield grew 20 percent in the first nine months of 2012, adding seven partners and five associates since January...The Cleveland office of Jones Day reports a net gain of 17 lawyers since January, bringing the total to 227."
In contrast, the article indicates that the numbers at the local offices of Calfee Halter and Benesch Friedlander are down. Reductions like these firms have experienced, or flat hiring freezes, seem to be the local norm.
The Ohio Supreme Court is requesting comments until November 13th on proposed changes to the Rules of Practice and Procedure, including appellate, civil, criminal, juvenile and evidence rules. According to the Court's news release,
"The proposed amendments concern changes to the rules of appellate procedure, civil procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile procedure and the Ohio Rules of Evidence.
Many of the proposed changes target inconsistencies, allow for electronic means of service, remove outdated concepts, or move certain rules to other sections that make more sense. There are, however, a few substantive changes to existing rules.
Proposed amendments to Civ. R. 4.4 and Juv. R. 16 would make it clear that service by posting can be used in initial actions and expand it to post-decree matters. In addition to the traditional “posting” of a notice on the courthouse bulletin board, service would use the county clerk of court’s website if it exists, although the amendments don’t require electronic posting.
Amendments to Civ. R. 10(D)(2) and Evid. R. 601 seek to enhance the affidavit of merit requirement and clarify who qualifies as an expert in a medical claim. The amendments distinguish between medical malpractice cases and other medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic claims. An amendment to Evid. R. 601 would require experts to have devoted three-quarters of their professional time to active clinical practice at the time of the event giving rise to the claim."
Click here to follow the link to view the text of the proposed amendments and for the address for the submission of comments. Assuming no problems or changes occur, these proposed amendments would go into effect on July 1, 2013.