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Retired Akron attorney receives Senior Lawyer of the Year award

As a creditors’ rights attorney, Terry David Zimmerman said he worked to open the lines of communication between his clients and debtors.
At the Akron Bar Association, he participated in and chaired many committees, while still finding time to volunteer at nonprofit organizations like Community Legal Aid Services Inc.
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Ohio's Republican US senator hopeful on anti-drug bill

Ohio's Republican US senator hopeful on anti-drug bill

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's Republican U.S. senator said recently he expects the nation's opioid abuse crisis to transcend election-year politics as Congress tries to work out compromise legislation on the problem.
Rob Portman toured First Step Home, which provides residential treatment and out-patient programs for addicted mo ... (full story)

Legislature mulls new conditions to extend polling hours

House committee members this week heard further testimony in support of a Senate bill, requiring any Ohio elector who desires a polling place remain open beyond the standard 7:30 p.m. closing must file a petition with a county court and post bond, among other requirements.
Senate Bill 296 was introduced as a countermeasure to the ... (full story)

Bill would expand cancer care coverage for low income women

A Senate measure introduced late in its current session secured a first hearing before members of the Health and Human Services Committee recently.
Senate Bill 313 would lay the groundwork for the state’s continued participation in a national breast and cervical cancer project aimed at creating a safety net for low-income a ... (full story)

Woman who scammed $360,000 from unemployment agencies loses appeal

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected arguments from a woman who challenged the prison sentence she received after she pleaded guilty to numerous charges of mail and wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering.
Darnell Nash was sentenced by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to 175 mon ... (full story)

Bill designed to reduce regulatory burdens on dental hygienists

Senate Bill 330 would bring dental practitioners and oral health care to underserved communities, according to Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering.
Ohio has 84 dental health professional shortage areas, and SB 330 would reduce regulatory burdens on dental hygienists and allow dental therapists to provide basic restorative care such as ... (full story)

Suspect arrested in death of ex-coal chief executive

Suspect arrested in death of ex-coal chief executive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man was arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday.
Anthony R. Arriaga, 20, is being held on a first-degree murder warrant in Allen County, Ohio, Mingo County Sheriff James Smith said.
Ja ... (full story)


Electronic signing apps update

If you’re not into the future, it’s coming to get you anyway. You can’t avoid it.
At some point in that future, and probably sooner rather than later, your law office will be paperless. Courts certainly want to go in that direction, if they are not already there.
Paperless offices require electronically-creat ... (full story)