CONTACT: Ken Brown – (800) 282-6556, (614) 487-4426 or
cell phone: (614) 746-2457
Columbus, Ohio (May 20,
2013) – Technology is changing the way lawyers do
business. A 2012 technology use survey by the American Bar Association found
that 89 percent of attorneys are using smartphones for law-related work outside
the office. In addition, 33 percent reported using tablets—a considerable jump
from just 15 percent in 2011.
Beginning with an afternoon seminar on Wednesday, to keep pace with the
changing technology needs of its members, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA)
will provide all course materials for continuing legal education seminars
exclusively through an eBook library. The move will eliminate the need for hardcopy
course books that last year totaled more than 4 million sheets of paper.
“While going to an electronic library
will certainly hold down our costs and reduce our impact on the environment, this
is really about providing the innovative tools lawyers need to be competitive
in today’s business climate,” OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer said.
OSBA members who have registered for at
least one continuing legal education seminar will have 24/7 access to the more
than 220 books in the OSBA CLE
eBook Library that is fully searchable by practice area and contents. Additionally,
the OSBA is providing a paperless version of the OSBA Report, a print publication of Ohio case summaries and legal
news. The OSBA Report Online is a customizable
daily or a weekly email that is also available as a mobile app for iPhone and
“As the practice of law becomes increasingly
mobile, we will continue to look for ways to stay ahead of the technology
curve,” President Fischer added.
OSBA members interested in learning more
about these legal practice tools are encouraged to visit ohiobar.org/agooddecision or
to contact OSBA Member Services at (800) 232-7124.
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.