OSBA first to offer approved new lawyer training

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approved new lawyer training 

Contact:   Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, Ohio (July 16, 2001) – The Ohio State Bar Association, the leading provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in Ohio, has become the first organization to be approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio to offer New Lawyer Training programs.  The OSBA course will be offered December 13-14 at the Columbus Convention Center.

The Ohio Supreme Court's "Bridge-the-Gap" New Lawyer Training requirement was instituted this month and is mandatory for all lawyers passing the bar beginning in July, 2001. Until now, new attorneys have not been required to take continuing education courses during their first two years in practice.  The new court-mandated specialized training for lawyers entering the profession promotes professionalism and provides the know-how required for putting theory into practice.  The 12-hour training will cover three areas: professional relationships and obligations of attorneys, development of lawyering skills, and practical knowledge and practice techniques in a variety of subject areas.

“The OSBA is proud to continue its tradition of being first on the street with new continuing education programs,” said Mary Jane Trapp, OSBA president.  “The OSBA’s New Lawyer Training program far exceeds the minimum requirements set forth by the court and will assist beginning practitioners in establishing good practices in running their offices and in working with their clients, colleagues and the courts.  It serves as an excellent capstone to traditional legal education and we are excited to be a leader in providing the program.  We encourage all recently licensed attorneys, those required to participate as well as those admitted over the past couple of years, to attend the New Lawyer Training.”


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OSBA’s New Lawyer Training program will provide 12 hours of CLE credit and will encompass the history and structure of the legal profession, the lawyer’s role in the legal profession, ethics, the Code of Professional Responsibility, professionalism, how to practice law and stay out of trouble, skills development, probate and the administration of estates, residential real estate, basics of civil litigation from both the plaintiff and defendant perspectives, law practice management, basic estate planning, trial advocacy, employment law basics, landlord-tenant relations, DUI, business law, juvenile law, collection of money, alternate dispute resolution and immigration.  A high-powered group of attorneys and judges with outstanding credentials has been gathered from across the state to serve as presenters.

Running concurrently with the New Lawyer Training program, OSBA will be offering its first Management & Technology Conference and Expo.  This is a unique continuing legal education opportunity that focuses on emerging technology impacting the legal profession and law practice management skills.  This two-day program will allow attorneys to earn up to 12 CLE credits.

The first day of the conference will focus on the use of scanners, hand held computers, case management software, spreadsheets in the legal arena, developing electronic trial presentations, the Internet from the legal angle, automating document generation and the application of voice activation software.

Day two will feature two tracks:  management and technology.  The management track will focus on managing electronic documents, minimizing malpractice risks with case management software, improving billing efficiency, and managing your use of computers.  The technology track will feature tips on trading documents with clients and opposing counsel, using case management and accounting software, and going mobile. An extensive management and technology expo featuring a variety of vendors and experts will be included as part of the program. 


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“The Management & Technology Conference is a nice compliment to the New Lawyer Training program,” said Trapp.  While new lawyers are learning how to get started in practice, veteran attorneys can gain valuable knowledge in the management and technology areas.  The OSBA is proud to continue its leadership in the introduction of technology into the legal profession.  We encourage new members as well as veterans to come together for these special two days.”

A joint reception and networking session will be held Thursday evening for participants of both the New Lawyer Training and Management & Technology Conference.  This will be especially attractive to new lawyers, allowing them access to management and technology information and providing them with an opportunity to make contacts with more senior practicing attorneys from across Ohio.

Reservations for the New Lawyer Training program and the Management & Technology Conference can be made by contacting the OSBA at 1-800-282-6556.  Special early-bird pricing is available for the New Lawyer Training program.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students.  Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.




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