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There's more than one good way to teach kids how to read

(THE CONVERSATION) We are literacy professionals, former reading teachers who now prepare college and graduate students to teach kids how to read.
As scholars, we believe in the study, exchange and debate of ideas. But recently we have become concerned by the direction that the debate about what methods teachers should use to he ... (full story)


Akron Muni Court announces offsite weddings to mark holidays

AKRON––The Akron Municipal Court is partnering with two breathtaking, historic venues to offer a unique experience for area couples.
Offsite weddings will be held at the Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, Feb.14, in honor of Valentine’s Day for the third consecutive year.
For the first time, the Akron Municip ... (full story)


State


Ohio State doctor abuse investigation, suits have cost $9.8M

COLUMBUS (AP) — The investigation and related lawsuits about alleged sexual abuse decades ago by an Ohio State University team doctor have cost nearly $10 million so far, according to the school.
The total was about $9.8 million as of December, school spokesman Benjamin Johnson said by email.
That figure is likely ... (full story)


Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican victories in state legislative and gubernatorial elections in 2010 put them in a commanding position the next year to draw new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures that helped fortify Republican power for much of the following decade.
But the celebration was short-lived ... (full story)


Court introduces fee for certificates of good standing, amendments to the corporate counsel registration rule

The Ohio Supreme Court today announced the adoption of an amendment to the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio that would add a fee to certificates of good standing.
The term “good standing” is now defined in the rule and gives authority to the Office of Attorney Services to issue certificates of good standin ... (full story)


Insurers not obligated to help lawyers get paid when cases settle out of court

An insurer that settles a personal-injury claim with a victim who discharged his lawyers before a lawsuit is filed has no obligation to distribute a portion of the settlement to the lawyers for their prior work. Instead, the law firm must take legal action against its former client to get paid, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently< ... (full story)


Ohio’s veterans’ treatment courts provide support

Many resources are available, especially on the federal level, to assist veterans with physical or psychological “wounds of war,” but not all wounded veterans know how to access them. Rather than to reach out for help, some veterans may engage in behavior that brings them into the criminal justice system. The Veterans&rs ... (full story)


Technology


ABA considers tech training in 2019 survey

This will be my third and last column on the 2019 ABA technology survey report of how lawyers use technology (or not).
In 2012 (eight years ago, if you’re counting), the ABA adopted Comment 8 to Rule 1.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which stated that a lawyer should “keep abreast of…the benefits ... (full story)