OSBA first to offer approved new lawyer training



SUBJECT:  OSBA first to offer approved new lawyer training 

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

Columbus, Ohio (December 10, 2001) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), the leading provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in Ohio and the first organization approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio to offer New Lawyer Training programs, hosts its program December 13-14 at the Columbus Convention Center.

The Ohio Supreme Court's "Bridge-the-Gap" New Lawyer Training requirement was instituted earlier this year 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 program 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.”

Running concurrently with the New Lawyer Training program, the OSBA will offer its first Management & Technology Conference and Expo.  This is a unique continuing legal education opportunity for the practicing attorney that focuses on emerging technology impacting the legal profession and law practice management skills.  The 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 the 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.

Presenters include Barron Henley, Esq., and Paul Ungar, Esq., both of Henley March & Ungar Consulting Ltd. (Columbus), and Glen Pritchard, Esq., Clark Perdue Roberts & Scott (Cols.).

  “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 either conference can be made by contacting the OSBA at 1-800-232-7124 or 614/487-8585.  Walk-in registrations are also welcome for both conferences.

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.


EDITOR’S NOTE:   The media is invited to attend any part of the New Lawyer Training or the Management and Technology Expo.  Please contact the Office of Public & Media Relations at 614/487-4426 for press credentials.


December 13-14, 2001

Columbus Convention Center

8:30 a.m.History & Structure of the Legal Profession, Joseph Tomain, dean, University of Cincinnati College of Law
9:00The Lawyer's Role in the Legal Profession, Mary Jane Trapp, OSBA president
10:15Ethics, Alvin Matthews, Lane Alton & Horst (Columbus)
11:15The Code of Professional Responsibility, Mary Cibella, attorney at law (Cleveland)
1:00 p.m.Professionalism, Hon. Teresa Liston, Franklin County Municipal Court (Columbus)
2:00How to Practice Law and Stay Out of Trouble, Thomas Taneff, attorney at law (Columbus) - moderator; Kimberly Shumate, The Ohio State University (Columbus); Walter Reynolds, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur (Dayton); Nancy Lawson, Dinsmore & Shohl (Cincinnati)
4:00Skills Development, Nancy Rogers, dean, The Ohio State University College of Law (Columbus)
8:30 a.m.Probate and Administration - Doing It the Right Way, Magistrate David Farmer, Montgomery County Probate Court (Dayton)
Residential Real Estate, Martine Dunn, Ulmer & Berne (Cincinnati)
Basics of Civil Litigation, Daniel Volkema, Volkema & Thomas (Columbus), and James Carpenter, Lane Alton & Horst (Columbus)
Law Practice Management, Patricia Walker, Walker & Jocke (Medina)
10:30Demystifying the Divorce Process, Ron Solove, attorney-at-law (Columbus)
Basic Estate Planning, C. Terry Johnson, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur (Dayton)
Trial Advocacy Courtroom Techniques, Laura Kuykendall and Phillip Downey, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease (Columbus)
Employment Law Basics, Pamela Krivda, Owens & Krivda (Columbus)
1:30Landlord Tenant Relations, Peter Iskin, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Introduction to Bankruptcy Practice, Judith McInturff, attorney-at-law (Columbus)
Understanding Ohio's DUI Law, Hon. Richard Wallar, Hocking County Municipal Court (Logan)
Successfully starting Up and Advising a Small to Mid Size Business, Stacey McKinley, Kahn Kleinman Yanowitz & Arnson (Cleveland)
2:30Introduction to Juvenile Law, Magistrate Douglas Sassen, Licking County Common Pleas Court (Newark)
Collection of Money, Terry Zimmerman, Baker Hardesty & Kaffen (Akron)
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Maara Fink, University of Toledo College of Law (Toledo)
What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Immigration Law, Margaret Wong, Margaret W. Wong and Associates (Cleveland)



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