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  1. New Ohio Video Available for Ohioans Called to Serve as Jurors in Ohio State Courts
  2. Tech Thursday: Free Online Background Check
  3. Tech Thursday: Be Careful Of The Apps You Install
  4. New "Archives Division" Office Open in Cuyahoga County Courthouse Basement for Searching Court Files
  5. The Economy Appears to Be Turning Around for Law Firms: Profits Should Rise 5% in 2015
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New Ohio Video Available for Ohioans Called to Serve as Jurors in Ohio State Courts

A new video is now available for Ohioans who are called to serve as jurors in Ohio's state courts. This new video covers:

  • What to expect during the jury selection process
  • Procedures for jury deliberations
  • Proper courtroom behavior

It is a collaborative effort of the Ohio Judicial Conference, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Channel.

    


Tech Thursday: Free Online Background Check

Doing a backgroung check on yourself now and then can be a good thing. In her article "How to do a free online background check", Kim Komando gives us a few reasons. She writes "There might be erroneous information about you floating around the Internet or in your credit report. Maybe you'll find a picture of yourself or a comment you made years ago somewhere that's a little embarrassing." You can read the rest of her article here.

    

Tech Thursday: Be Careful Of The Apps You Install

Apps, we all have them on our phones. The trick is knowing which ones are "spying" on us. In her article "The Worst Apps for Privacy", Natasha Stokes writes that "...our smartphones are an even greater treasure trove of behavioral information – and the apps we use are often the weakest link." She goes on to list several apps that you should be wary of. You can read her article here.

    


New "Archives Division" Office Open in Cuyahoga County Courthouse Basement for Searching Court Files

A new public records room (Room No. 37) is now open in the basement of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse for searching court files. According to a press release from the Clerk of Courts, the remodeled space "includes public terminals to search the online docket and a copy machine and scanner for customer use. The renovated space will allow for greater usability by the public, improved customer service, and includes ADA accessible public terminals and work space." The docket includes civil, criminal, appellate and foreclosure cases.

This new space was part of a reorganization in which more than 11,000 boxes of archived files were removed from the Courthouse hallways for later conversion to digital files or microfilm. Other changes to the Courthouse include: a new Domestic Relations Division Office in Room No. 35; a new Notary Division in Room No. 34; removal of the civil Microfilm office to the 1st floor of the Justice Center.

Even more moves are planned because the Certified Copy and Microfilm Departments in the Criminal Division are going to be moving to newly renovated space on the first floor of the Justice Center very soon.

    

The Economy Appears to Be Turning Around for Law Firms: Profits Should Rise 5% in 2015

According to a post by the Wall Street Journal's blog, law firm profits rose in 2014, and they are expected to rise again in 2015 by 5%. Gains will come in transactional work, while litigation, which has traditionally been the money maker for law firms, will continue to be flat. A few more trends could include a lot of lateral moves and law firm usage of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, although the article suggests that AI will not replace lawyers.

    



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