Suspension for Florida Lawyer Convinced that She Was Victim of Microchip Implantation

The Florida Bar learned of a written filing and statements in which Janice Jennings (West Palm Beach, FL) advised the court, among other things, that her former employer implanted a microchip in her left ear that was designed to harm and disrupt her ability to function. The ABA reports that Jennings maintained a psychological evaluation […]

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Ohio Requires Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

In 2012, the ABA changed the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to clarify that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law, but also in technology. Many other states—including Ohio—have followed suit. Ohio’s Duty of Technology Competency Specifically, the Supreme Court of Ohio amended Comment 6 to Rule 1.1 (which will […]

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25 Percent of Ohio lawyers Admitted in 2010 Aren’t Practicing Law

According to The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law professor, Deborah Jones Merritt, at least a quarter of the Ohio lawyers who were admitted to the bar in 2010 were not using their law licenses four years later. Full disclosure—Professor Merritt taught my Evidence class in law school and I have great respect for […]

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Cleveland Judge’s Criminal Trial Will Resume

A ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court allows the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office to continue prosecuting a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge for allegedly assaulting his wife. Authorities say Mason punched his wife in the face, biting and choking her as he drove through Shaker Heights with the couple’s children in the backseat. Judge […]

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To Counsel a Mockingbird: Clients with Diminished Capacity

On February 3, 2015, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing announced that it had acquired the North American rights to Go Set a Watchman, a “newly discovered” novel written by Harper Lee, the reclusive and revered author of To Kill a Mockingbird. The announcement created weeks of chatter among publishing industry insiders, and among fans of […]

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