Ohio’s Efforts to Form Opioid Pact Repeated in New England

By Csaba Sukosd | March 13, 2019 – Court News Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court initiative that brought eight states together to fight the opioid epidemic is being replicated by the six New England states.

Chief justices from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont have formed the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (NE RJOI).

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and fellow chief justices, government, law enforcement, health officials and academics from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia convened in Cincinnati in August 2016 to create the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI).

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Opinion: Stop Michigan counties’ unconstitutional stealing

Can Oakland County confiscate a citizen’s personal property for $8.41 in unpaid taxes? This question will likely be answered by the Michigan Supreme Court later this year.

The case at hand involves Uri Rafaeli, who failed to pay the interest owed on property taxes for a rental property in Southfield several years ago. Oakland County eventually foreclosed on his property for the $8.41 plus $277 in additional interest and fees. Similarly, Oakland County seized Andre Ohanessian’s property in Orchard Village for a $6,000 tax debt.

The county proceeded to auction Rafaeli’s property for $24,500 and Ohanessian’s property for $82,000 — and then kept the surplus proceeds. Lower state courts have agreed the officials acted properly under Michigan’s General Property Tax Act, which requires officials to take property for any amount of unpaid taxes and keep all the proceeds if they sell it.

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By Joe Barnett, Detroit News 

 

Five Lawyers Named 2019 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2019

Lancaster, Ohio – Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr., Randy L. Happeney and D. Joe Griffith, partners in the law firm of Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP were selected as members of the 2019 class of Super Lawyers by Ohio’s Super Lawyers Magazine in the family law and general litigation practice areas.

In addition, Alyssa L. Parrott was recognized as a 2019 Rising Star in the area of family practice. Partner Jeff J. Spangler was named a 2019 Rising Star in the practice area of banking for the fifth consecutive year.

Super Lawyer is an elite recognition in the legal community. Super Lawyers are determined through peer nominations, evaluations and third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

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Gaining More By Giving Back

What started as a way to gain more experience and meet the community turned in to a passion for Brian Kelso, attorney at Dagger Law. A few months after law school, Brian volunteered for the Fairfield County Bar Association and Southeastern Ohio Legal Service’s Pro Bono Clinic, which provides free legal services the fourth Tuesday of the month at The Rising House, 131 N. High St. from 5-7 p.m.

“As a young attorney from Cincinnati, I used the Pro Bono Clinic to be exposed to different legal issues and learn more about Fairfield County,” said Brian Kelso. “I never receive the same question twice and became a better lawyer because of it. I also developed a passion for helping those experiencing a difficult situation.”

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Local Attorney Returns from Reserve Duty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 23, 2018

Local Attorney Returns from Reserve Duty

Lancaster, Ohio – Bryan Everitt, associate at the law firm Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP, recently returned from San Diego where he supported the arrival of a Chilean submarine, SS-20, Thompson. The Thompson was visiting the United States as part of a program known as the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI).

DESI was established by US Fleet Forces Command in 2001 with the goal to enhance the Navy’s capability to operate with diesel-electric submarines by partnering with South American navies.

Everitt’s role was to work with DESI. He met the submarine and assisted in getting the Chilean sailors checked in to the base and settled.

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