Ohio Law

News and Announcements from the Supreme Court of Ohio and Other Governmental Entities Within the Buckeye State.

Friday, December 10, 2004

CLE Aftermath

Had a crowd of about 20. Very interested in spyware fighting. Blogging section may have come acrosss a little too "techhie." Next week is the last session and we usually get anywhere from 50-100 people due to CLE deadlines.



Ah, Friday

I'm on my way over to the Columbus Bar Association to teach a CLE class dealing with using computers for legal research (co-taught with Keith Blough of the Columbus Law Library). This is session number 5 of 6, with the finale coming next Friday. I'm trying to figure out some way to post the class materials on the web on my own. I will report back this afternoon with any info I may have picked up during the session and if I have a site for the materials. I gave the info to Keith yesterday and he might have it posted on his web site soon.


Thursday, December 09, 2004

AlaCarte! Redux

Yesterday I blogged about LexisNexis AlaCarte!, the new credit card version of Lexis. Today I went on, registered, and performed a sample search. The registration asks you for title, name, business type, position type, company name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. You must make up your own password. They will send you a confirmation e-mail which must be clicked on in order to finish the registration. After that, just choose a subject to search. I went into the current news and searched for "blogging and election." A 60-day search found 100 articles, 30-day found 60, and a one-week search yielded 11. The cite list offers the title, date, and source of the article along with an opportunity to purchase it for $3. I declined that opportunity. Could come in handy in a pinch.


News From the General Assembly

Here's the latest (from Gongwer News Service):

A 911 measure (HB 361), which passed the House 79-14, would impose through 2008 a 32 cents-per-month fee on wireless phone users to fund equipment and training for the development of wireless enhanced 911 services.

The House concurred with Senate amendments to the "intentional tort" bill (HB 498) by a 68-23 vote. The bill requires an injured plaintiff to prove that an employer "acted with intent to injure" or believed that the injury "was substantially certain to occur."

Faced with a Senate-imposed adjournment deadline for action, the House late Wednesday approved a sweeping overhaul of the state's personal injury lawsuit system. The Senate concurred in the House changes early Thursday morning (around 1:45AM), sending the measure to the Governor. The legislation (SB 80) cleared the House on a 65-32 vote. Senators concurred with House amendments on a party-line 19-11 margin.


New Bar Candidate Admission Application Coming

The official title is "Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission." This is the biggie that a law student has to complete in order to be even considered for bar admission and sitting for the bar exam. On December 15, 2004, according to the Supreme Court of Ohio's Office of Bar Admissions, a new application form will have to be used. This one will allow for the transmitting of the data electronically. The old application form(s) will be removed from the web site and no longer used.


Another Blawg on Ohio Law?

I'm glad I de-cloaked this blawg when I did. It seems some colleagues of mine started a blawg dealing with Ohio back in October. The bloggers are the authors of a forthcoming revision of the great research tome, Ohio Legal Research Guide. Their blawg is located at http://ohiolegalblog.blogspot.com.

If you are unfamiliar with the book and want to know where to locate it, most Ohio Librarians will know to search their local public or law library online catalogs, or perhaps the OhioLINK Central Catalog. However, what about those people not in Ohio (you can still search OhioLINK, but the books might not be available to you)? Here's a neat trick I've learned while blogging away over the last month or so: subscribe to other web logs dealing with library stuff. One that I recommend is named, appropriately enough, Library Stuff (go figure). A post on Library Stuff back in September contained information making it possible to search WorldCat with one click for any ISBN number that happened to be displayed on a web page (like Amazon). Try it, it's great. It utilizes little snippets called "bookmarklets." You don't have to know much about them to use ones that are already created, like the one for WorldCat. Here is the procedure: 1) go to the September post from Radio Stuff; 2) drag one of the bookmarklets to your links toolbar; 3) click on the Amazon page above for the Ohio Legal Research Guide information containing the ISBN; 4) click on your bookmarklet. You will now, depending on which bookmarklet you used, be transported to a new window in WorldCat or a new browser window may open upon your taskbar. Simply type in a zip code, and you have your holdings for the book in a geographic area of your choosing. Another blog, Jon's Radio Blog, has a Library Lookup page. He offers the ability to narrow down a search by individual library or consortium by using a bookmarklet. He has bookmarklets for OhioLINK and Columbus Metro Library, and other web-enabled libraries using Innovative, Voyager, iPac, DRA, or Talis. I would advise reading the page before using the bookmarklets, but once you have started using them, you'll be amazed. I have used them often when browsing on the Amazon or Barnes & Noble sites. One click, and I know where I can find the book in a library. What a novel concept that is, eh? Again, if none of the above makes any sense, please comment and let me know and I'll refine the post. Sometimes things sound alright to me, but are of absolutely no use to someone who speaks non-library English.


Night Club Shootings in Columbus

From a Fox News story:

A man walked onstage in a crowded nightclub during a rock concert Wednesday night and opened fire, killing at least four people and wounding at least two others before he was shot to death by police, authorities said.
Members of the heavy metal band Damageplan had just begun their first song at the Alrosa Villa when the man opened fire on the band, initially shooting the guitarist, who went by the name "Dimebag Darrell," a witness said. According to the band's Web site, the guitarist and another member, drummer Vinnie Paul, are formerly of the heavy metal band Pantera.

This is me: Because I live in the Columbus area now, this news was kind of a shock. I didn't find out about it until driving to work this morning while listening to the radio. Other reports stated that there was some type of grudge between the shooter and the lead guitarist.


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

LexisNexis Ala Carte!

LexisNexis has recently announced a new service called LexisNexis AlaCarte! The link is http://alacarte.lexisnexis.com

The credit card-for-payment service allows free searching and asks you to cough up dough only when you want to retrieve a document. According to the site, search templates are provided for various subject areas such as business, news, and legal (not yet operational). I did not try to register (a must for use of the site), but I understand from reading other blogs (Research Buzz for one), that the registration asks for a lot of info, and even includes an "opt-out" choice if one does not wish to receive junk mail from LexisNexis. The system is fairly simple, almost like shopping at Amazon: search, choose, checkout, credit card please. This is geared toward the solo or small-firm practitioner. I will register tomorrow and perform some sample searches and report back.


Supreme Court of Ohio Issues Slew of Opinions

As part of the year-end effort to release all opinions in which Justice Sweeney took part in deciding before he leaves the Court, the Reporter's Office has been working exhaustingly and today released 30 opinions. It might have been 31, but I lost count towards the end. Here is the link:


If you want to quickly scan the new decisions for anything relevant to you, make sure to check the box "topics/issues" in the "columns to include" section (top right) and then click the "Submit" button.

You can expect at least one more release of this size before the end of the year, and maybe a bit more.


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Bush Wins Ohio.....Officially

Ohio Secretary of State Thomas Blackwell finally certified the results of the state's presidential vote. President Bush wound up defeating John Kerry by 118,775 votes. According to published reports, the Democratic National Committee said it would begin a "comprehensive investigative study" of many of Ohio's election practices. The DNC said the review is not intended to contest the election results, but is designed to make sure that every eligible voter was able to vote and that every vote is counted. The state Democratic party welcomed that review.


FDA News Feed Concerning Recalls Available

This is one not related to Ohio law, but it could help one out on a professional or personal level. The FDA has an RSS feed for its Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts. The page where the "xml" subscription box is located is at:


The direct URL for the feed is:


Just put the above address in your news aggregator and you'll start receiving the feeds.


Monday, December 06, 2004

Easy Way to Find Case Law

The Supreme Court of Ohio's Reporter of Decisions web page offers up decisions of the Court dating back to 1992 and opinions from the twelve appellate districts, the Court of Claims and some Miscellaneous courts with varying start dates (but usually not any earlier than 2000). Clicking on any of the court links within the left column will lead you to the search page. The Ohio Supreme Court's opinions have all been converted to PDF as of a few months ago. No more Word docs. Users can choose their own search parameters: deciding court, year of decision, "web cite," or keyword search of the full text. Make sure you are fairly specific if using the latter. You can also pick a court and a year and just browse the case names and cites if you are really trying to find the needle in a haystack (but be sure to include the column "topics and issues" within your result if you do it that way).