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Akron Bar to reassess campaign conduct pledge process

AKRON––During each campaign season the Akron Bar Association evaluates candidates for judicial office and monitors their campaign conduct through a conduct pledge. ON Monday, the Akron Bar Association announced that it is suspending the campaign conduct pledge and process for Summit County judicial candidates to reassess ... (full story)


Juvenile court committee gives updates on laws, procedures

Created in 2013, the Akron Bar Association juvenile court committee is charged with keeping attorneys who work in the practice area updated on changes in the laws and trends so they can provide feedback to the Summit County Juvenile Court, said co-chair Dianne Curtis.
The committee, which has 44 members, usually meets on the seco ... (full story)


National


Kaine may give Democrats an edge in swing-state Virginia

Kaine may give Democrats an edge in swing-state Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's name on the Democratic ticket can realistically nudge the pivotal state closer into Hillary Clinton's column — no small feat in a contest of two presidential nominees that engender strong feelings by themselves.
Kaine's rise through Richmond city politics and tenure in st ... (full story)


Some colleges say hosting a debate is worth the $5M cost

Some colleges say hosting a debate is worth the $5M cost

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Democracy doesn't come cheap. Between the logistics of accommodating an estimated 2,500 news reporters and arranging security for VIPs, the cost of hosting a presidential debate now tops $5 million.
But that price tag has not deterred New York's Hofstra University. The Long Island school is hosting a ... (full story)


State


Appeals court: Week of early voting shouldn't return to Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a judge's order to restore a week of early voting in swing-state Ohio.
At issue are a series of Republican-backed changes that Democrats allege disproportionately burden black voters and those who lean Democratic. Such policies include the elimination of a week of ... (full story)


Court to review when synthetic drugs were made illegal

Two state appeals courts disagree about whether the legislature made “analog,” or synthetic, drugs illegal in 2011 or 2012. The conflict involves two legislative bills that address controlled substance analogs, which have a similar effect to regulated drugs but are manufactured with a slightly different chemical makeup t ... (full story)


When schools are threatened, untold learning time is lost

When schools are threatened, untold learning time is lost

COLUMBUS (AP) — The prosecutor calls it "bomb week," his shorthand for eight school threats — many written in school bathrooms or on notes — over a few days in May that set off evacuations and investigations, parental panic, and the rumor mill of students linked by cellphones and social media in his Ohio ... (full story)


Harambe lives: Killed zoo gorilla gets a second life online

Harambe lives: Killed zoo gorilla gets a second life online

CINCINNATI (AP) — With online declarations such as "Harambe Lives!" the Ohio zoo gorilla shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy got into his enclosure has taken on life after death.
The late 17-year-old great ape has shown up in tongue-in-cheek petitions to rename the hometown Cincinnati Bengals, to add his face t ... (full story)


Technology


Lawyers can now be trained and certified in legal tech

I’m going to tell attorneys how to get trained and certified in basic, and some advanced, legal technology—even though that may eventually render this column moot.
No, it won’t. Too much weirdness in the field to write about. I’ll never run out of material.
But anyway, enter the Legal Technology Core Co ... (full story)