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Raland Hatchett appointed as ED of Big Brothers Big Sisters

AKRON––Raland Hatchett, a seasoned professional in management, fundraising and leadership, will begin his new role as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties, Inc. on April 24. 
“After vetting many excellent candidates, our board of directors is very excited to ... (full story)

Asbestos verdict finds for plaintiff despite testimony from co-workers

A Missouri Court of Appeals recently held that a defendant was partially responsible for the post-death loss of consortium damages from an electrician’s asbestos exposures. Urbach v. Okonite Co., No. ED 104393, 2017 WL 1151067 (Mo. Ct. App. March 28, 2017).
Plaintiff Jean Urbach brought claims of negligence, strict liabilit ... (full story)

Bankruptcy software and more for Akron Bar members

Akron Bar Association members have access to an “office away from the office” with some powerful software and other perks.
“The member’s office on the first floor is available for members to meet clients, hang out between hearings or provide a private place to meet,” said C. Allen Nichols, executive ... (full story)


Videos show desperation of suspect in Facebook video killing

Videos show desperation of suspect in Facebook video killing

CLEVELAND (AP) — The suspect in the random killing of a retiree posted on Facebook made his living mentoring teens in Cleveland, but his life appeared to be unraveling under the weight of gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend.
Rambling videos he shared showed his despair, saying he was out of options and wanted to ... (full story)

Ohio dealer who caused West Virginia overdoses sentenced

Ohio dealer who caused West Virginia overdoses sentenced

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia was sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison Monday.
Bruce Lamar Griggs, of Akron, was "in this just for the money" when he sold the heroin mixture that sicke ... (full story)

Driving records of possible candidates for governor reviewed

COLUMBUS (AP) — A review of the driving records of possible candidates for Ohio governor shows some have better records than others.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday that it reviewed the driving records of four Republicans and five Democrats considering a run for governor in 2018. None had impaired driving charges.(full story)

Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

Filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops for years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States.
She was stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign travel, and dozens more times on domestic trips, b ... (full story)


Developing ‘big’ tech will change the law business. Get onboard!

Good morning. Cavs won last night. Yay.
I’m now going to create two new terms for legal technology: “Big” and “little” legal tech.
“Little” tech, as I’m defining it, consists of applications. “Big” tech consists of the things that underlie and/or power those applicat ... (full story)