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What public school students are allowed to say on social media may change

THE CONVERSATION) After a high school cheerleader in Pennsylvania dropped a series of F-bombs about her school in a Snapchat post over a weekend in the spring of 2017, she was suspended from the cheerleading team and sued the school district, claiming the suspension violated her First Amendment rights.
Social media has an ever- ... (full story)

Deported vets, stranded after years of military service, press Biden to bring them back

(THE CONVERSATION) Ivan Ocon thought he would be headed back to civilian life as a U.S. citizen after serving the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Ocon, who was born in Mexico, came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 1985 to reunite with his mother. He joined the Army in 1997, and his recruiter a ... (full story)

Common Pleas Court offers extra services to certain probationers

New services are now available to some Summit County Common Pleas Court Intervention in Lieu of Conviction participants to help them explore and secure more meaningful employment once they complete the program.
It’s all part of a recent collaboration between the Summit County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation Departmen ... (full story)


New bill would change police procedure during traffic stops

A bill in the Maryland General Assembly would change procedure during a traffic or other stop to ensure that officers explicitly state certain rights, and aims to prevent police from using deceptive or coercive measures to obtain information.
SB0589, also known as the Know Your Rights Act, was heard in the Senate Judicial Procee ... (full story)

Tally of Ohio residents charged in Capitol breach up to 10

Tally of Ohio residents charged in Capitol breach up to 10

COLUMBUS (AP) — Two Ohio men are among the latest people to be charged in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol after being identified by family and acquaintances to the FBI, according to U.S. District Court documents.
Derek Jancart, 39, and Alexander Sheppard, 21, join the eight other Ohioans a ... (full story)

Proposed law would expand definition of obstructing justice

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives recently debuted a bill meant to draw a clearer distinction between peaceful protest and violent, unlawful action.
Reps. Jeff LaRe of Canal Winchester and Shane Wilkin of Hillsboro offered joint testimony of the measure, which proposes expansion of the offense o ... (full story)


Law firm podcasts part 1

Podcasts are an under appreciated way to get the message out about your practice and to connect to both current and potential clients. This column and the next will give a background and path forward for lawyers to use this very powerful communications platform.
A podcast is “Internet radio on-demand.” The term, whic ... (full story)