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Judge Malek Oldfield elected to Common Pleas Judges Association board

AKRON––Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield was elected in December to the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association.
The Common Pleas Judges Association’s membership includes all general division judges of the state’s common pleas courts, and its mission is & ... (full story)


Education center to address chronic absenteeism, college readiness in rural schools

Thirty Ohio rural school districts are expected to benefit from the Ohio Department of Education's partnership with Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research to develop networks that would address some of rural schools' greatest challenges.
The state education department announced last week award of a $10 million ... (full story)

Cattlemen see court’s deep connection to agriculture during court visit

Every now and then, a tour group comes to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center whose work also serves the public. Rarely are such visitors as connected with the building as the most recent herd.
The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) – a non-profit membership organization that represents the interests of farm fami ... (full story)

Ohio abortion 'heartbeat bill' returns to Legislature

COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Ohio proposed again on Monday one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation, and this time around, they have the governor's support.
New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has indicated he would sign the so-called heartbeat bill that was twice vetoed by his GOP predecessor.
... (full story)

State's highway budget shortfall has Ohio farmers concerned

As the nascent 133rd General Assembly of the Ohio Legislature began meeting in regular sessions this week, the Ohio Farm Bureau has announced the legislative priorities its members have determined will make the difference in a successful year in agriculture.
Behind the state budget and water quality issues, bureau staffers ranked ... (full story)

Franklin County judge receives one year stayed suspension

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amelia “Amy” A. Salerno received a fully stayed one-year suspension from the practice of law after the Ohio Supreme Court found she did not fairly and impartially apply the law.
In a per curiam decision recently, the Supreme Court stated that it will stay the suspension if Salern ... (full story)

In death penalty appeal, Cincinnati man claims jurors revealed racial bias

A Cincinnati man on death row for the murder of his 2-year-old daughter is challenging his convictions and death sentence. He has identified numerous legal arguments in his automatic appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, which will hear the case next week.
Toddler Taken to Hospital
Glen Bates was living with Andrea Bradley in Marc ... (full story)

State transportation director warns of road funding crisis

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio's road maintenance and infrastructure are facing an "impending crisis" unless more funding is provided for those types of projects, according to the state's Department of Transportation director.
ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks issued his warning recently before an advisory panel that will make ... (full story)

Teens' barn legislation is a years-long lesson in lawmaking

Teens' barn legislation is a years-long lesson in lawmaking

COLUMBUS (AP) — Spanning more than four years, it's likely Westerville Central High School's longest class project ever.
But to the four teens who first proposed a bill to Ohio lawmakers in 2014 that will finally become law in March, it's much more than a school assignment. What started as a middle-school learning experienc ... (full story)


Will tech make lawyers obsolete?

Tech taking over is always good sci-fi, from The Terminator to Black Mirror.
In Black Mirror, season 4, episode 3 (“Crocodile”), one of the characters settles insurance claims by reading the memories of people to reconstruct accident cases, Voila! No disputes about facts. Therefore, no need for lawyers in that world.< ... (full story)