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Debt settlement company fined $1,000 for the unauthorized practice of law

The Ohio Supreme Court recently clarified there is no blanket rule that deems a nonlawyer who negotiates the settlement of a debt on behalf of another as engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Those who are “rendering legal services” as part of the negotiation, however, are in violation. Read More of "Debt settlement company fined $1,000 for the unauthorized practice of law"

Dan Trevas, Supreme Court of Ohio

Man sentenced for intending to distribute fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycodone

Benjamin Ross, 28, of Youngstown, Ohio, was sentenced for his role in a scheme to distribute fentanyl pills, which were pressed, colored and stamped to look like 30 milligram oxycodone hydrochloride pills. Judge John R. Adams sentenced Ross to 144 months of incarceration, to be followed by ten years of supervised release. Read More of "Man sentenced for intending to distribute fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycodone"

DOJ releases $500 million for hiring law enforcement officers, improving school safety and combating distribution of illicit drugs

The Justice Department announced that the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has released over $500 million in grant solicitations under the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and several other grant programs that advance community policing, keep school students safe and promote the health and safety of our nation’s law enforcement officers. Read More of "DOJ releases $500 million for hiring law enforcement officers, improving school safety and combating distribution of illicit drugs"

Governor DeWine releases Children Services Transformation initial findings

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently released the Children’s Services Transformation Advisory Council’s Initial Findings Report. This report summarizes the state’s efforts regarding foster care reform since Governor DeWine took office, along with common themes the council heard during their recent forums held throughout the state. Read More of "Governor DeWine releases Children Services Transformation initial findings"

IBAHRI launches ‘Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk’ to advance the protection of lawyers

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) recently launched a toolkit to facilitate the protection of lawyers at risk of persecution for carrying out their professional duties. The Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk is the result of a collaborative project between the IBAHRI, the Bar Human Rights Committee, Human Rights House Foundation, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada. The launch also marks the start of the commemorative year of the 30th Anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers and the IBA Standards for the Independence of the Legal Profession. Read More of "IBAHRI launches ‘Toolkit on Lawyers at Risk’ to advance the protection of lawyers"

Additional sanctions placed on previously suspended county prosecutor candidate

A previously suspended Youngstown attorney involved in Mahoning County’s “Oakhill scandal” received a second suspension from the Ohio Supreme Court recently, but will be allowed to continue practicing law if he abides by conditions imposed on him. Read More of "Additional sanctions placed on previously suspended county prosecutor candidate"

Dan Trevas, Supreme Court of Ohio

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