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Toledo Legal News - News ABA issues guidance on model rules, ethical tech duties to consider when working remotely

 

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility released recently a formal opinion that catalogues the relevant model rules and technological considerations that lawyers should be alert to when practicing virtually.

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Celebrate Ohio’s state bird with the 2021 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp

The northern cardinal was adopted by the Ohio General Assembly as the state bird in 1933 and has been revered for its beauty and melodic songs for generations. Easily identifiable, the cardinal is one of Ohio’s most iconic species. All Ohioans and supporters of wildlife conservation can celebrate this colorful bird by purchasing the 12th annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Date Published: May 7, 2021

First round of FAFSA 21 funding announced

Funding awards totaling nearly $1 million have been announced as part of a state initiative to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Date Published: May 7, 2021

New law provides boost to legal aid

New legislation will funnel revenue to Ohio legal aid organizations as the pandemic continues to hamper access to justice for at-risk Ohioans.

Date Published: May 7, 2021

Summing up democracy

It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment. What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster? How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country going to come out of this year as badly divided as it started? These and many other questions matter a lot—but sometimes, it’s helpful to step back and take stock of what we’ve learned over the course of our history.

Date Published: May 7, 2021

H2Ohio technology assessment program selects technologies

As part of Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, Ohio EPA announced recently that it has identified ten emerging technologies that could play an important role in the reduction of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie. The technologies will be further evaluated through the H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program (TAP) which was created at the Sept. 2020 Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting to guide the State in addressing HABs in Lake Erie.

Date Published: May 6, 2021

Ohio Department of Aging announces additional funding for home-delivered meals

The Ohio Department of Aging recently announced additional funding to support Older Americans Act home-delivered meals services during the pandemic. Last month, the Ohio Controlling Board approved the department’s request to invest $6.137 million received by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. These funds will be distributed to Ohio’s area agencies on aging to provide home-delivered meals to eligible older Ohioans.

Date Published: May 6, 2021

The impact of PUCO hazardous materials grants

Through the PUCO’s annual hazardous materials training grant program, public safety and emergency services organizations, educational institutions and local government divisions across Ohio are awarded grants for training to best respond to hazardous materials incidents. Last year, the PUCO awarded $800,000 to 10 organizations.

Date Published: May 5, 2021

Why it’s never too early to make a long-term care plan

(StatePoint) Americans are living longer than ever before, and with continually rising health care costs, the need for a long-term care solution becomes more of a “when” than an “if” situation, according to financial experts, who warn that Americans are largely waiting too long to plan and prepare.

Date Published: May 5, 2021

5 surprising ways clean technology is improving daily life

(StatePoint) Climate-related crises like rising sea levels, severe weather events and longer drought seasons are challenging the global economy. They’re also driving the launch of new clean technologies.

Date Published: May 4, 2021

Township must release legal bill in public records case

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently that a Stark County man is entitled to an invoice detailing legal fees incurred in defending Plain Township, even though the invoice was not in the township’s possession. The Court also awarded $1,000 in damages because the township failed to explain why it would not provide the records until after the man sued to access the invoices.

Date Published: May 4, 2021

As mortgage relief plans end, what comes next for homeowners?

(BPT) Millions of U.S. homeowners facing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic have sought mortgage payment relief, or forbearance, allowing them to temporarily pause or reduce their monthly mortgage payments. According to the mortgage data firm Black Knight, as of March 2021, approximately 2.6 million U.S. homeowners remain in an active forbearance plan. It's important they know their options for what happens next.

Date Published: May 3, 2021

Four individuals charged in separate pandemic relief fraud schemes

Four individuals have been charged federally with defrauding COVID-19 pandemic relief funding programs. In separate cases, the four are alleged to have lied about owning businesses and employing others. Some defendants allegedly applied multiple times for relief funding and some allegedly spent the funding they received on lavish personal items and vacation travel.

Date Published: May 3, 2021

IBA and The College of Law Australia launch online anti-harassment training for the legal profession

Following the publication of the 2019 landmark report Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession, the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU), in collaboration with The College of Law Australia, have launched a set of e-learning modules designed to guide individuals and workplaces towards making positive cultural changes. With the aim of reducing the prevalence of inappropriate behaviour within the legal profession, the training modules are available for free to anyone within the legal profession (IBA membership is not a prerequisite) and can be accessed on the IBA website at: https://www.ibanet.org.