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Looking beyond the case of Washington v. Trump

The United States Constitution endured its first real test of the administration of President Donald Trump. Thus far, American constitutionalism appears to be holding its own, although the current controversy is hardly over. And there will be more.
With great fanfare, President Trump issued an ambiguously worded, executive order ... (full story)


Executive orders have become much more frequent — and contentious

Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution begins, “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”
However, the Constitution does not define the scope of the “executive actions” that every president beginning with George Washington has exercised.
In recent days, ... (full story)


Dealing with unsavory attorneys: Be patient, let them sink themselves

This space is usually dedicated to the topic of alternative dispute resolution (with a sprinkling of decision science). After many years litigating primarily in Illinois state and federal courts and observing firsthand the unnecessary expense and damage to relationships that clients experience in the court system, I became fascinate ... (full story)


E-filing now mandatory in Stow Municipal Court civil division, Summit County criminal division

There have been a few hiccups along the way, but Stow Municipal Court’s e-filing portal is now activated for civil cases.
E-filing was approved by the court in Local Rule 7. Although the rule mandated that attorneys will be required to file civil cases through the portal starting Jan. 1, a 30-day grace period was extended.< ... (full story)


State


Former Justice Lanzinger’s portrait dedicated at Supreme Court

Former Justice Lanzinger’s portrait dedicated at Supreme Court

At a courtroom ceremony on Feb. 6, the Ohio Supreme Court dedicated the portrait of former Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger.
After becoming the only person in Ohio history to be elected to every level of the state’s judiciary, Justice Lanzinger concluded her 12-year career on the Supreme Court in December. She could not run for ... (full story)


Conviction upheld in multi-million dollar money laundering scheme

A federal court of appeals recently ruled that the "voluminousness" of the government's evidence against an Albanian immigrant who ran a massive fraudulent loan operation was "astounding."
A panel of three judges in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that Gezim "Jimmy" Selgjekaj was properly ... (full story)


Technology


2016 legal tech developments retrospective

Legal tech guru Robert Ambrogi has jotted down his thoughts on the most important developments in the field last year, and I am passing some of them along.
Ambrogi is also the source of the most bizarre legal tech story of 2017 so far. It seems as if robots are creating fake people who post his columns word-for-word.
Whatever ... (full story)