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Ohio Resources: Register of Ohio

 When researching a legal issue, it is important to check for regulations on the topic, including proposed and recently adopted regulations. The Register of Ohio is the official source for notice of and information about Ohio state agency rule-making processes. In addition to notices of proposed rule-making and hearings, the Register also publishes recently adopted rules, emergency rules, no-change rules, and more. The Register is kept up to date according to a strict publication and purgation schedule. Rules that have been purged from the Register can be found codified in the Ohio Administrative Code.

The Register website offers a few different ways to browse or search for documents, and it is helpful if you can narrow your search by agency. For example, if you are looking for Medicaid rules relating to nursing facilities, you can select search by “Keyword in Title and Filing Agency,” then enter Ohio Department of Medicaid as the agency. You can also browse by agency to look at all proposed and new rules, which is useful for staying up to date if you work in an area that is heavily regulated by a particular agency.

For more on Ohio sources, check out the Ohio Primary Law Guide. For more on administrative law, check out the Administrative Law Guide.

 

 

Free Research Tools: New AI Brief Analyzer

There’s a new free online tool for analyzing briefs called EVA. The AI-based product by ROSS Intelligence debuted at Legaltech/Legalweek New York. Legalweek is an event dedicated to business and technology in the legal field, featuring workshops, conferences, and a tradeshow.

After completing the free registration, users can upload briefs to the EVA website. EVA will check the cases cited in the brief to determine if they are still good law, similar to Shepard’s and KeyCite. EVA can also locate additional cases analogous to a cited case, or that use comparable language.

EVA is very similar to another AI-based product called CARA, by Casetext, which was launched in 2017. The creators of CARA even proposed a digital duel at Legalweek, challenging EVA to a live head-to-head comparison.

For the tech-inclined, find more coverage of Legalweek at Legaltechnology.com, Law.com, and Above the Law.

Free Online Sources: Ohio Laws and Rules

The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code are both available online for free, maintained by LAWriter. The Ohio Revised Code is updated within 24-48 hours after codification. Users can check the LAWriter homepage for the date of the most recent update to the Administrative Code.

To locate statutes and rules, users may browse the table of contents and click on the title, and then chapter of interest. Users may also navigate directly to a section or rule by entering the section or rule number in the “Go To” box. A keyword search may be conducted by entering terms and connectors in the Search box.

For more tips on researching Ohio laws and rules, visit our Ohio Primary Law Research Guide.

Complete Historical Congressional Record Now Available Online

cover of the Congressional Record On January 3, 2018, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) issued the final release of its project to digitize the historical Congressional Record. This release covers the first issue of the Congressional Record from March 5, 1873, through 1890. All releases in this digitization project are available on Govinfo, the website that will eventually replace the GPO’s FDsys.

The Congressional Record is an important and useful source when conducting legislative history research. It is published daily while Congress is in session, and is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. Each daily edition contains the Daily Digest, House Section, Senate Section, and Extension of Remarks. The daily editions are later collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a bound edition when each Congressional session has ended. These permanent, bound editions are now available on Govinfo, covering 1873-2009. The daily editions are also available online, covering 1994-present, on both Govinfo and FDsys. Prior to 1873, proceedings and debates of Congress were published in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873). Those publications are available through the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project.

How Do I Do That in Microsoft Office?

A question that come up sometimes is “how do I do something in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Excel?”  Well you might be surprised to find there are a lot of free, short tutorials available online.  For example, when I ran a google search for “Microsoft word 2010 table of authorities”, I received a number of short, easy to follow videos on the topic.  A google search for “Microsoft word table of authorities”  also brought back a handy instructional guide from the Fortney Law Group (this guide is for the 2007 version but the steps are the same for Word’s 2010 and 2013 versions).  Similar searches when looking to do something in the other Microsoft Office Suite products should work for you as well.