Serving Notice for October 25, 2013

In the last five years, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus has lost more than 40% of its staff. LASC’s primary funding comes from the interest generated from IOLTA; and with the economic downturn, resources have dwindled for this nonprofit charged with meeting the civil legal needs of the poor. At the same time resources declined, the number of people eligible for legal services nationwide rose 35 percent resulting in a perfect storm for access to justice. Hundreds of attorneys, paralegals, and law students contribute to the work of LASC by volunteering in its office, attending its brief advice clinics, or accepting pro bono cases from its program. Each volunteer deserves acknowledgement for his or her contribution. On October 31 (5:00pm at the Columbus Bar), LASC will recognize four outstanding attorneys who serve as examples of the excellent contributions of the private bar. Consider joining in the PRO BONO celebration.

All JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, including incumbent judges, who seek election (2014) are required (Rule 4.2(A)(4), Code of Judicial Conduct) to attend a campaign practices seminar not more than one year prior to or no later than thirty days after certification of candidacy. A calendar of six campaign seminars is posted on the CBA website. The first session (Wednesday, December 4) is in conjunction with the Association of Common Pleas Judges of Ohio meeting, but open to all 2014 candidates.

Judge RICHARD A. FRYE was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Jurist Award by OSU’s Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. Named in honor of former federal judge William K. Thomas for whom Judge Frye once was a law clerk, the award recognizes a judge for personal integrity and commitment to fairness, freedom, and equality which exemplify the highest ideals of the judicial system. Judge Frye is the first state-court trial judge to receive the award since it was established in 2000. He has served on the Common Pleas Court since January 2005, following three decades in private practice.

The Paralegal Association of Central Ohio held its Franklin County Judicial Candidates Forum at the Columbus Bar last week. Judges James Green and Amy Salerno, and candidates Gwen Callender, Frank Macke and Kristin McKinley joined PACO members at the one-hour general membership meeting to discuss the candidates’ backgrounds and positions on various issues. The Q&A session was both interesting and informative.

New on the Columbus Lawyer Finder roster – JOSH BROWN. His areas of practice are bankruptcy, debt and consumer law.

Porter Wright partners named Best Lawyers© “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014 include ALVIN J. MCKENNA (Employment Law – Management); TERRANCE M. MILLER (Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); H. GRANT STEPHENSON (Equipment Finance Law); KATHLEEN M. TRAFFORD (Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement - SEC, Telecom, Energy).

CHRISTOPHER KEMPF, ORSOLYA HAMAR-HILT and DAVID HASSELBACK answered phones last week for ABC 6 TV "Ask the Attorney." If you would like to volunteer for this public service any Wednesday 5-7 pm, contact Marion Smithberger at or call 614/340.2070. All conversations with callers are private and confidential.