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  • Opinion: Loony is the new normal in Trumpland

  • Trumpland is just as craxy as Alice’s Wonderland but the ever-changing cast of characters there are regrettably all too real.
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  • Stop the presses! Trump tells the truth

  • President Trump spoke the truth when he announced to his wealthy companions, "You all just got a lot richer" with passage of the GOP tax bill.
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  • Congress’ tax bill is tax fraud

  • There are good parts to the tax bill in Congress, but adding to the national debt by hurting the poor and enriching the ultrarich far outweighs that good.
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  • Former judge Mark Painter joins Downtown law firm

  • Painter joined Helmer, Martin, Rice and Popham on Aug. 1, the firm accounced.
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  • Trump pouring gasoline on climate change fire

  • The Trump administration has gone from the side of the Republicans from Teddy Roosevelt to even Richard Nixon, who set up the EPA, to the side of the polluters, deniers, and destroyers.
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  • Expansion projects destroying the fabric of neighborhoods

    How much private property must be destroyed expansion projects before we learn the cost of losing historic neighborhoods and the community fabric they create.
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  • Drop the jargon and speak plain English

    I’ve been teachi8ng lawyers for a decade how to write in plain English. The law is about people, shouldn't they be able to understand it?
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  • Painter: There is no doubt now about the need to impeach Trump

    In February, I said that President Donald Trump must be impeached. If there were any dount then, there is surely none now.
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  • Republican Painter: It’s Time to Impeach Trump

    President Trump made a lot of promises on fixing infrastructure, but there’s been no movement since he became president. Video provided by Newsy Newslook.
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  • Painter: Senators wrong on court vacancy

    Judge Painter reviews the Senate’s handling of the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
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  • Painter Joins Manley Burke Firm

    Manley Burke, LPA is pleased to announce that Mark P. Painter has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Painter served as a judge for 30 years, on the Hamilton County Municipal Court, the Ohio Court of Appeals, and concluding with a term as the sole American on the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.

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  • Judge Painter speaks at John Marshall

    Judge Painter spoke to Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers – for its legal writing program last Friday at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The program was well attended by students from The John Marshall Law School, adjunct professors from local law schools in Chicago, and law clerks from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. (read more…)

  • Judge Painter resigns UN

    Mark Painter, formerly one of Hamilton County’s longest-serving judges, had high hopes when he took a job with the United Nations in 2009 to help reform the dispute-resolution system for its 60,000 employees worldwide.  Read More

  • Judge Painter named outstanding alumnus.

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  • UN Appeals Tribunal Fourth Session


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  • Judge Painter attends third UNAT session

    CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – Judge Mark Painter of Cincinnati attended the third session of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) in New York in October. The court’s first session was in March in Geneva; the second was in June in New York. The court will next meet in Nairobi in February. Judge Painter is the only American on the seven-member court.

    Announcement by the judges of the UN appeals tribunal of their judgments


    Announcement by the judges of the UN appeals tribunal of the outcome of their judgments

  • Judge Painter returns from second UN court session. Court announces 31 decisions in General Assembly Hall Judge Mark Painter of Cincinnati, the only American on the United Nations Appeals Tribunal, returned to Cincinnati after the court’s second session, held for two weeks in New York City. Read More

  • The fourth edition of Judge Mark Painter’s book The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing  published.   read press release

  • Judge Painter’s 400th case published.  read press release

  • After more than 27 years on the local bench, Judge Mark P. Painter will hear his last case as an Ohio judge on July 15.  read press release

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  • Judge Painter quoted in Investor’s Business Daily more

  •  SG MeetingOn Monday, 22 June, the 15 judges who are to serve on the new United Nations Dispute Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal all participated in a swearing-in ceremony in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.   more

  • cintimagazineJudge Painter featured in Cincinnati Magazine

  • Judge Mark Painter elected to United Nations Appellate Tribunal, a newly established court based in New York City, Geneva, and Nairobi that will resolve disputes within the U.N.  More information is available in the Business Courier and on the United Nations Department of Public Information site.

  • Judge Painter honored by Ohio House of Representatives
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  • wvxu_logoListen to Judge Painter’s interview on WVXU.

  • newsmakers_header315Interview on Channel 12 Newsmakers

  • Interview on WMKV’s Everybody’s Planning Hour, hosted by Lew Gatch continue interview

  • Judge Mark Painter, along with The Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith and John F. Peyton, Jr., Esq. (posthumously), was honored by the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association at their Spring Alumni Luncheon in May.

  • Judge Painter presents William Howard Taft: President and Chief Justice on WCET.   Video

  • Judge Painter’s book Write Well was recently reviewed by Writers’ NotesClick to read the review that describes his 25 rules as “fast and easy ways to improve your writing.”

  • Judge Painter, as an internationally recognized champion of plain language, recently returned from the the International Conference on Modern Legal Drafting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he lectured on plain legal writing.  View some pictures highlighting the conference.

  • Read The Daily Bellwether:  Ohio Judge Mark Painter uncovers clunker: 57 years of schooling to comprehend this sentence.

  • Judge Mark P. Painter has been named the first Stanley Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  With this position, Judge Painter will teach “The Rules of Legal Writing,” emphasizing the importance of simplicity and the use of plain English in legal writing.  Click here to read more.

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    Judge Painter’s newest book Write Well will make your business writing plainer, more persuasive and effective, and easier to understand. Learn more.

  • Judge Mark Painter receives McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni AwardRead more.

  •  Writing the Law: Judge teaches lawyers the art of clarity, featured in City Beat’s January 3-9, 2007 edition.  Click here to read the article.

  • Judge Painter’s opinion selected as one of six best in nation in 2005. The Green Bag, a quarterly journal dedicated to good writing about the law, has announced its first annual list of outstanding legal writing from the past year. Of six judicial opinions selected from thousands in the United States, one of Court of Appeals Judge Mark Painter’s decisions, Kohlbrand v. Ranieri, was selected.  Judge Painter was the only state judge honored. The authors of the five other cases are all federal judges, including Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Read more.

  • Judge Painter’s The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing, 3d ed., is reviewed by The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing.  To read the review, click  here.

  • Jay Hanselman of WVXU Radio talks with Judge Painter about his latest legal writing book, The Legal Writer 3rd Edition: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing.”  Listen to the MP3.