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Stay informed with OAJ's bimonthly e-newsletter containing information from the Ohio Statehouse, OAJ head quarters and newspapers from around the state. Look for the newsletter in your inbox on Thursday mornings every other week.


OAJ objects to rule limiting requests for admission
OAJ urges all members to submit comments in opposition to a proposed rule amendment that limits the number of requests for admission to forty (40).  OAJ opposes limiting the number of admissions for several reasons, including that it erodes the ability to narrow the issues put before a jury. 

The deadline to submit comments is September 26.  Send comments to Jess Mosser, Policy Counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, 7th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431 or Jesse.Mosser@sc.ohio.gov

Click here to link to proposed rule amendments to Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Evidence, Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure

Click here to download OAJ’s objections to limiting requests for admissions  

OAJ PAC supports Judges Donnelly and Stewart for Ohio Supreme Court
After interviewing all four candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court, the OAJ PAC Board voted to support Judge Melody Stewart from the 8th District Court of Appeals and Judge Michael P. Donnelly who currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.  OAJ members are urged to lend their support to Judges Stewart and Donnelly.

Click here to link to Stewart for Ohio Supreme Court

Click here to link to Donnelly for Justice

JudicialVotesCount website for info on judicial candidates
Voters can learn who is running for judgeships across the state from JudicialVotesCount, a non-partisan website that gathers information on all judicial candidates. Spearheaded by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the website is hosted by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.

Click here to link to JudicialVotesCount

Take Advantage of our Early Bird Special!
Time is running out to save $100 on registration for the 2018 Winter Convention! This deal ends on September 19th. Don't miss out on this chance to save and register today.

New Ohio Trial!
A new issue of Ohio Trial is out and available to view online. A printed version will be hitting your mailbox any day! Click here to view online version.

OAJ Membership Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets
Join OAJ and fellow members at Nationwide Arena on October 9th to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Colorado Avalanche! Enjoy complimentary food and drinks in the private Sky Terrace sponsored by Robson Forensic. Puck drops at 7:00pm. Each member is eligible for 2 tickets. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone.

 

Amendments to rules of evidence and civil procedure filed
The Ohio Supreme Court has published amendments to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure (4, 4.1, 4.3, 4.7, 6, 7, 33, 34, 36, 47, 53, 54, 56), the Ohio Rules of Evidence (615, 801, and 803), and other rules.  OAJ is reviewing the amendments and will provide comments to the Court.   The deadline to submit comments is September 26.

Click here to link to proposed rule amendments to Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Evidence, Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Ohio Rules of Juvenile Procedure.

Public Employers to save $21 million on latest WC rate cut
The BWC Board recently approved another 12% premium reduction for public employers beginning in 2019.   This is the seventh rate cut for public employers since 2011.  In total, rates have been cut by 41.8% over that time, saving cities, counties, schools and other units of local government $435 million.

Tort reform remains major objective of Ohio Chamber
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce recently published its legislative scorecard, rating Ohio lawmakers’ voting records.  Of the 11 bills the Chamber chose to score, four of them relate to tort reform.  For example, the Chamber chose the vote to reduce the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims from two years to one, which was included in the BWC budget bill, on their scorecard.    

Click here to link to the Ohio Chamber’s scorecard of Ohio lawmakers’ voting records

2018 Winter Convention
Our 2018 Winter Convention is October 24th-26th at the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. Take advantage of our early bird special and register before September 19th to save $100! Don't wait, register today.

2018 Trucking Seminar: Education for the Less Common Trucking Cases
Registration closes next Wednesday for the 2018 Trucking CLE! This year's lineup features all female speakers, a first of its kind. Topics include loading/docking injuries, bus crashes, distracted driving, and much more. Click here to view speaker lineup and register. 

OAJ Membership Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets!
Join OAJ and fellow members at Nationwide Arena on October 9th to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Colorado Avalanche! Enjoy complementary food and drinks in the private Sky Terrace sponsored by Robson Forensic. Puck drops at 7:00pm. Each member is eligible for 2 tickets. Please RSVP to Katie Johnstone.