The Ohio Supreme Court announced yesterday adoption of amendments to Rule II of the Rules of Government of the Bar of Ohio, permitting "legal interns to represent individuals in fourth-degree and fifth-degree felonies, and juveniles if the crime would be a fourth- or fifth-degree felony if committed by an adult, as long as a supervising attorney accompanies that intern in all proceedings.
"In cases of first-, second-, or third-degree felonies, supervising attorneys would serve as co-counsels in court proceedings."
Legal interns are law students having completed at least two-thirds of their academic requirements and having a certificate issued by the Supreme Court. Rule II was established in 1972 and amended last, prior to this, in 2007.
The new amendments become effective August 1, 2009
( Court’s Announcement )
( Text of Amendments )