Board of Professional Conduct Releases Advisory Opinion on Marijuana

In an Advisory Opinion issued August 5, 2016, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct advised Ohio lawyers that they might be violating federal law by advising clients in the medical marijuana industry, or by using prescribed marijuana themselves. Ohio Sub. H.B. 523 permits the growth, processing, use, and sale of medical marijuana. Federal law, however, […]

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Number of People Taking the Ohio Bar Exam Down 20% from 2013

The number of individuals taking the Ohio bar continues to drop. 1,072 people applied to take the July 2016 Bar Exam, according to the Supreme Court of Ohio. That number is down from July of 2015, when 1,117 people applied to take the July Bar, and 1,351 who sought to take the July 2013 Bar. […]

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Manziel’s Lawyer Withdraws After Accidental Texts to AP

After accidentally forwarding potentially damaging information about his client to an AP reporter, Bob Hinton, Johnny Manziel’s Texas defense lawyer, has withdrawn from the case. On May 20th, Manziel was involved in a hit-and-run crash. An AP reporter reached out to Hinton for comment on the incident. Apparently intending to text another lawyer involved in […]

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Ohio Lawyer Disciplined for Sexting Clients

The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended a Lima attorney for sexting with a client. On Tuesday, June 14, the Court issued an opinion suspending N. Shannon Bartels from the practice of law for one year, with six months of the suspension stayed on the condition that Bartels complete a CLE study, pay all costs, commit […]

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Federal Judge Rips DOJ Lawyers, Bars them from Courtroom

In an Opinion and Order quoting both Bridge of Spies and Miracle on 34th Street, Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued an order on May 19, 2016 harshly criticizing the actions of Department of Justice lawyers appearing before him in a case involving President Obama’s immigration policy. After Obama took executive action to prevent deportations […]

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