I’ve practiced law in Columbus, Ohio for nearly eleven years. I don’t know if I’ve learned all that much over that time, but I have learned a couple of things. First, even if your office has a casual policy, always keep a suit hanging on the back of the door, because you never know when you’re going to get called down to court. Second, bring extra copies of everything with you when you go to court, because clerks and bailiffs have way more important things to do than to make copies for you, and they will hurt you in insidious ways if you’re not nice to them. Third, when you appear before judges in smaller counties, do not, under any circumstances, act as though their orders are not as important as the orders from big city courts, because they really, really don’t like that:
An Ohio judge has ordered the N.C.A.A. to appear in court later this month to explain why it has apparently not followed an order that invalidated the organization’s ban on the use of lawyers by baseball players during negotiations with professional teams.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, Erie County Judge Tygh M. Tone found that the N.C.A.A. is most likely in “indirect civil and criminal contempt” of a February court order that found the ban was illegal because it interfered with an athlete’s right to legal representation. In April, an Ohio appellate court ruled that an N.C.A.A. appeal of the order was premature because the case had not yet concluded.
The problem, basically, is that despite Judge Tone telling the NCAA otherwise, the NCAA is still out there telling high school baseball players that they’ll lose eligibility if they hire a lawyer to negotiate with Major League teams who draft them. Ignoring a judge’s order like that is just the sort of thing that really makes a judge mad.
It’s also the sort of thing that shows you just how arrogant and oblivious to reality the NCAA is.