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Telephone Interpreting Program: Access to Justice for All
February 26 2014

In a federal courtroom, a witness, who only speaks Foochow, provides testimony in a case where no one in the room speaks that language. In a preliminary hearing, a Spanish-speaking defendant responds to questions from the judge. In both instances, an interpreter bridging the language gap for the participants is miles away at the other end of a telephone.

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Proposed Amendments to Bankruptcy and Civil Rules Posted for Public Comment
February 15 2014

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The public comment period ends February 15, 2014.

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Judiciary Restores Pay Rates for Panel Attorneys
February 13 2014

The hourly pay rates for lawyers who represent indigent defendants in federal criminal cases, which were temporarily reduced last year, have been restored, effective March 1, 2014. In an emergency move last August, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States reduced the rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour. The Committee described the step as "undesirable," but "necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program."

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Naturalization Ceremony Becomes a Lesson in Citizenship
February 6 2014

A federal judge from the Northern District of Ohio held a recent naturalization ceremony at a Cleveland history museum, and in the process created a memorable event for two groups.

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Adoption of Local Civil Rule 23.1(c) and Appendix J Technical Modifications, Effective February 3, 2014
February 3 2014

The Court has adopted technical modifications to Local Civil Rule 23.1(c) regarding Class Action Determination and Appendix J regarding the Court's Pro Bono Civil Case Protocol.

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Federal Bar Assocaition CLE Program: iPractice on an iPad
May 15 2014

The Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter will present the CLE program iPractice on an iPad on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the 7th floor auditorium of the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  To register, click here.


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Carl B. Stokes Court House Blood Drive
May 15 2014

The Carl B. Stokes United States Court House will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the Jury Room on L1.  Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are strongly encouraged.  Go to after March 16th and enter the sponsor code "federalcourt" to sign up for an appointment.

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